How much online dating can you do for free?

While online dating can be a powerful tool, there is only so much you can do with it if you aren't willing to spend some money. That is why I generally recommend that people get a membership at a top online dating site such as Match.com, Zoosk, or Eharmony. But before we get into that, let's talk about free options when it comes to online dating sites.

 

 

 

The most obvious way to date online for free is by using free dating sites. Within this category of sites, two dating services reign supreme: Okcupid and Plentyoffish. Both sites do not look too impressive, but they each have millions of members and offer all the basic features of a standard dating site. Since they are both free, you should join both sites and create profiles at each one. Over time, you will begin to realize that you prefer one site over the other, and at such a point you can begin focussing just on the site that is a better fit for you.

 

Although free dating sites are a good option for many people who can't afford a membership, if you have money you can spend on an online dating subscription, you will almost certainly have a better experience using a paid site such as Match.com. Having used both types of sites, I've found that the paid sites like Match.com generally have better, more engaged members. The way I see it, it's far less of a crap shoot. The only thing you need to decide for yourself is if it's worth it to take chances with your dating life, just to save a bit of money. In almost all cases, I think the answer would be no if you really take the time to think it over. If you find dating sites to be a bit expensive, you should look for coupons and other special offers to try to bring down the cost a bit. But if at all possible, you should join a paid dating site instead of a free dating site.

 

Another option is to use something like the Match.com free trial to get anywhere from 3 to 7 days of membership free. This is a good idea for anyone who is shopping around and wants to test out a few different sites. It's nice to be able to test-drive a site like Match.com for free since a regular membership could cost as much as $40 a month. By using a free trial, you can save yourself some money because if you do not like a site, you will not have spent any money upfront. Not every dating site will allow you to get a free trial, however. I usually check the coupon site, Couponleaf.com to see if there are any coupons or free trials I can take advantage of.

The good thing about dating sites is that you don't need a membership for very long if you choose the right dating site. Many people find someone to date right away; for other people it may take a few months. Either way, a dating site is not something for which you need an active membership continuously. If you like, you can create an account, and only activate the memberships during the times when you are actively seeking a date. At all other times, you can deactivate the membership to save money. If you plan to do something like this, paying month-to-month, or buying a 3-month membership is probably the best option.

 

The good thing about dating sites is that you don't need a membership for very long if you choose the right dating site. Many people find someone to date right away; for other people it may take a few months. Either way, a dating site is not something for which you need an active membership continuously. If you like, you can create an account, and only activate the memberships during the times when you are actively seeking a date. At all other times, you can deactivate the membership to save money. If you plan to do something like this, paying month-to-month, or buying a 3-month membership is probably the best option.