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Another Sign Of The Times? The Relationship Bill

At our 2:30 editors meeting today, the news director mentioned that dating is expensive — and quite near impossible if you've lost your job. We suspect there's a lot less dating these days. And we're trying to confirm word that wedding engagements are way down, too.

Well, how's this for proof of a relationship's expense? After breaking up with her live-in boyfriend of a year and a half, a woman in Australia received an itemized bill for the entire relationship — "seasickness tablets ... birthday dinners ... flowers." Grand total: 7,389.09 AUD, which equates to about 4,800 U.S. dollars.

The bill
The bill

And here's the contract. ("I signed it out of confusion and being coerced and didn't even realize what it was really until I read it," she writes. "Luckily this won't hold up in court.")

The contract
The contract

The woman decided to share the experience with the world on a blog.

This program aired on February 24, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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