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Love and Money: What America's Spending This Valentine's Day

Romance can't be reduced to dollars and cents, but when Valentine's Day rolls around, there's some pressure to whip out your wallet. With that in mind, Discover has produced a fun little infographic that shows what everyone wants on Feb. 14 -- and how much they expect to pay.

Is Apple Trying to Break Hearts with Obsolete iPads?

Earlier this month, Apple's marketing department pitched iPad 2 as a great gift for Valentine's Day. But with the iPad 3 a mere three weeks from release, we have to call foul. A dozen roses may not last that long, but no one's buying a $499 flower arrangement.

Valentine's Day Romance ... With a Side of Fries

Looking for a Valentine's Day plan that's budget friendly and romantic too? White Castle, Waffle House and Chik-Fil-A are all waiting to take your reservation for Feb. 14, and they're taking the holiday more seriously than you'd imagine.

All the Heart, Half the Cost: Your Budget Valentine Ideas

In search of gifts that say more about the heart than the wallet, we asked our readers for inexpensive but meaningful ideas for Valentine's Day. They came through with a number of fine ways to demonstrate your love without busting your budget.

I Love (to Shop for) You: Valentine's Spending to Rise

Chances are, you'll be more generous with your honey this Valentine's Day than last. Consumer spending on the holiday is expected to exceed last year's levels, according to surveys from the National Retail Federation and American Express.

Food of Love: Valentine's Day Dining by the Numbers

A romantic dinner is a Valentine's Day staple, and lovebirds are once again making reservations to dine with their special someones. (And guys, you're running out of time!) So which are the top choices of cuisine, and how much will the check be when it comes to the table? Read on...

Scammers, Not Soldiers: Romance Cons on the Rise

Each year, a disturbing number of women fall victim to fraudsters posing as U.S. servicemen. These con artists woo them long-distance for months, then ask for cash. "A couple of years ago we were getting hundreds of calls a year about this scam," says Christopher Grey of the Army Criminal Investigation Command. "Now we get thousands."

Military Discounts: Save Money While Serving America

Everywhere you turn, it seems like companies are offering military discounts. Some of these deals are outstanding while others are scams, but the best deal may be one offered by the military itself. Here's a brief guide to the savings opportunities offered to service members and their families.

A Heartwarming Valentine's Day Sales Forecast

Valentine's Day sales should thrill the hearts of retailers this year: Spending for the day is forecast to top $18.6 billion, a 5.8% jump in spending over 2010. That amounts to about $125 per person taking part in the holiday for lovers.

Big Houses Want In on Vanity Publishing

When romance publisher Harlequin announced last month it was getting into the pay-to-publish game with a new imprint, it hit a real raw nerve. It unwittingly exposed that in publishing, money always talks first -- and the money is increasingly flowing toward the pay-to-publish model.

Free Harlequin Romance novels!

Everyone's favorite moderately-priced peddler of trashy romance is having a giveaway. According to the website, "To celebrate 60 years of pure...

The $20,000 wedding proposal

For most men, the opportunities for creativity are few and far between. While women can play with cosmetics, wear thousands of styles, and alter...