Valentines Day approaches, a holiday that fills many with anticipation, others with dread -- and some of us with both because when Cupid slings his arrow, it can hit you right in the wallet.
Recessions are always hard on love, and this one has been especially difficult. Young couples are postponing marriage until their finances are more stable, while -- in states where housing prices have plummeted -- unhappily married couples can't afford to split up.
The economy also has made the process of finding love more challenging for many. Back in 1967, The Beatles proclaimed All You Need Is Love, but in 2011, if you're looking for love, it really helps to have a job. Listing yourself as unemployed on your online dating profile seems tantamount to admitting that you've recently contracted bubonic plague.
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