Attention, singles: the true price of love
The cost of falling in love
What do you get when you fall in love? A guy or gal who could easily bust your budget, that's what.
Finding a mate costs money. Dating, gifts, (gasp!) a wedding. You might be able to recoup some costs by eventually cohabiting with your one-and-only, but getting to that stage takes some serious dough upfront.
"Being in a relationship does cost money -- especially now, with the economy the way it is," says Allia Zobel Nolan, author of "The Joy of Being Single," who is now married but preparing her book for its 20th anniversary edition in 2012.
With tongue firmly in cheek, here's a quick check on the price of love.