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It’s Not You, It’s Inflation: How Soaring Prices Are Changing the Dating Game

Surging prices are making it more expensive to wine and dine a love interest, causing daters to reassess their priorities.

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Illustration: Carolina Moscoso

They say love doesn’t cost a thing, but dating in this economy sure does.

Daters are experiencing the sticker shock of wining and dining a romantic interest with inflation at its highest rate in over 40 years. The consumer price index category for food away from home rose 7.7% in June from a year earlier, while full-service restaurants climbed 8.9%. For those testing the waters with a cocktail or two, prices for alcoholic beverages rose by 4%.