Romance doesn't come cheap — at least not on St. Valentine's Day.
A dozen red roses usually cost about $60, according to the Society of American Florists. But with Valentine's Day coming next week, most people will pay about $80, the trade group said.
And although restaurant prices don't change, people tend to eat at more upscale restaurants for those Valentine's dates. Romantic couples will spend an average of $146.52 on Valentine's dinner dates, according to restaurant ratings guide Zagat, compared with about $70 on a typical meal for two.
"On Valentine's Day, budgets go out the window," Zagat spokeswoman Tiffany Herklots said.
Prices for other Valentine's staples such as chocolates, jewelry and lingerie aren't rising, but consumers shouldn't expect to find many bargains either.