OK, so you're out at the local bar, and all you can see are fat, hairy people everywhere. This is where a set of beer goggles would really come in handy, right? (At least 'til tomorrow morning, when you have to attempt to tiptoe out the door without waking the Bigfoot look-alike you spent the night with).
Early in the recession (you remember--back before the government actually admitted there was a recession), the media touted beer as "recession-proof." After all, beer ranks right up there with pizza, sex and more beer in Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Surely people would still buy alcohol ... no matter how bad things got.
Spending on Valentine's Day gifts went down about 17 percent this year, and while there's no hard data on how that translated in the bedroom, we're guessing cheap wine and carnations were considerably less likely to inspire kinky--or even non-kinky--Valentine's Day sex than, say, a three liter bottle of Dom Perignon sheathed in white gold (retail price: around $24,000).
Hard data. Get it? Yes?
And financial woes are taking a toll on dating and relationships the rest of the year, too. According to a recent poll, 35 percent of Americans are less likely to go on dates given the recession, and when they do go out, 39 percent are likely to spend less.