02/07/2013 04:38 EST

Cost Of Love Turns Out To Be A Lot More Than Expected


J. Lo might insist otherwise, but according to a new study conducted by, 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, 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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