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Article Two: Can You Date Online on the Cheap?

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Eharmony can cost as much as $59 a month. Match.com can be upwards of $40 a month. So what gives? Do you need deep pockets if you want to use the biggest and best dating sites on the Web? It may seem so at first glance, but a further examination shows that this is not necessarily the case. If you have the right approach, you can engage in online dating for a fairly reasonable cost, or even for free.


The most obvious, cheap way to date online is to use free online dating sites. There are quite a few such sites, but the most famous one is proably Okcupid, where there are millions of members. A quick visit to this site will reveal that the site is plain vanilla, without many bells and whistles. But if you use the site and if you're persistent, you can get the job done using sites like this. I will point out, however, that many accounts on free dating sites are not active, so you will need to be quite patient in continuing to seek out and contact other members.


A second, better option in my mind is to use the best dating sites like Match.com, but to explore ways to get better pricing. This can be achieved in two ways. Firstly, you can buy a membership that is 6 months or longer. By doing this, your monthly membership price will fall quite drastically, sometimes by more than 50%.


In addition to buying a 6 month subscription or longer, you can also take advantage of dating site coupons. Many people aren't even aware that you can obtain such coupons online. Currently, dating coupons come in two flavors. One kind will allow you to get a free trial. The best example of this is the 72 hour Match.com free trial, which is quite popular and offered by the site, Datingcoupons.net. The second type of coupon will give you a discount should you decide to buy a membership plan. Such coupons can save you as much as 25% off regular prices.


Therefore, while using the best dating sites can cost some money, there are definitely certain tactics you can employ to make sure you are getting the best deal possible.