J. Lo might insist otherwise, but according to a new study conducted by RateSupermarket.ca, love does in fact cost a thing — and we're not talking about bruised hearts or the prized CD collection that an ex borrowed and never returned.

The study concludes that the average romantic relationship, from courtship to the altar, costs $43,842.08. How's that, you ask? Researchers established common elements of modern romances (date nights, weekend getaways, engagement rings, etc.) and then analyzed those figures, using medians and timelines, to calculate a final tally.

The study also took into account those not-so-happy expenses that come with being in a relationship, i.e. "apology flowers" three times a year!

"We’re having a little fun with this, but all kidding aside, money problems are the most common reason for break-ups," said Kelvin Mangaroo, president of RateSupermarket.ca, in a blog post. "It’s important for couples to have common financial goals, and to share a strategy for achieving them before committing to a long-term or lifelong relationship."

If you ask us, $43,842.08 is a small fee to pay to find something that is truly priceless: your perfect mate.

SEE: A breakdown of the costs of a relationship, from first date to heading down the altar, based on a two-year courtship:

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  • 'Fancy' Dates

    <b>Description</b>: Nice dinners/theatre tickets <b>Number</b>: Once a month <b>Cost per item</b>: $160 <b>Total</b>: $1,920

  • Movie Dates

    <b>Description</b>: Tickets plus snacks <b>Number</b>: Once a month <b>Cost per item</b>: $42.95 <b>Total</b>: $515.40

  • Casual Dates

    <b>Description</b>: Take-out meals, coffee dates <b>Number</b>: Once a month <b>Cost per item</b>: Anywhere from $5.99 to $25 <b>Total</b>: From $70 to $300

  • Weekend Getaways

    <b>Description</b>: 2 days and 2 nights, room + $100 in credit card charges <b>Number</b>: Twice a year <b>Cost per item</b>: $426.46 <b>Total</b>: $852.92

  • 'Apology' Flowers

    <b>Description</b>: Flowers delivered after major fights <b>Number</b>: Three times a year <b>Cost per item</b>: $49.95 <b>Total</b>: $149.85

  • New Wardrobe For Him

    <b>Description</b>: New, date-friendly clothing both partners like <b>Number</b>: One-time cost <b>Cost per item</b>: $980.81 <b>Total</b>: $980.81

  • Beach Vacation

    <b>Description</b>: A week-long (or more) trip just the two of you <b>Number</b>: 1 <b>Cost per item</b>: $1001.01 <b>Total</b>: $2002

  • Engagement Ring

    <b>Description</b>: If we have to explain this to you ... <b>Number</b>: 1 <b>Cost per item</b>: $3500+ <b>Total</b>: $3500+

  • Engagement Party

    <b>Description</b>: A relatively low-key party to celebrate the couple's impending nuptials <b>Number</b>: 1 <b>Cost per item</b>: $2000 <b>Total</b>: $2000

  • Another Year Of Dates

    <b>Description</b>: Last year's expenses, but without the beach vacation and only half the wardrobe <b>Cost</b>: $4,444.34 <b>Total</b>: $4,444.34

  • Wedding

    <b>Description</b>: Venue = $9,255.00 Honeymoon =$5,470.00 Rings/Bands = $2,470.00 Photographer = $2,206.00 Bridal Gown = $1,847.00 Decor/Florist = $1,343.00 DJ/Musicians = $1,247.00 Limo = $753.00 Cake = $584.00 Jewellery = $483.00 Hairstylist = $467.00 Guest Favours = $452.00 Invitations = $384.00 <b>Total</b>: $26,961.00

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