Valentine’s Day is a time for romance. Unfortunately, it’s also a time to abuse your bank account in the name of love. Between fancy dinners, boxes of chocolate, pricey jewelry and the out-of-control cost of condoms, February 14 quickly becomes a day of mourning for the fallen wallets of men everywhere.

How much people spend on Valentine’s Day is up to the individual, but we’ve compiled a rundown of the typical cost of Valentine’s Day for the average lover, as well as the corporate bigwigs reaping the reward. Of course, this shouldn’t be an excuse to skimp on your lady’s gift. It’s just a friendly reminder of how much you’re shelling out to make her happy. Because that’s what love is all about, right? Just nod your head.

Sources:

http://newsroom.hallmark.com/Holiday/Valentines-Day
http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=News&op=viewlive&sp_id=1075
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/02/090211-valentines-day-gifts-history_2.html
http://blog.seattlepi.com/boomerconsumer/2009/02/12/valentines-day-facts-and-figures/