I’m a big believer in dating, even when you’re broke. This includes online dating. Years ago there wasn’t a dating site around that didn’t charge for their services. These days online dating sites are giving away free trials or are completely free all the time.

So…which one should you pick and how do you let the singles for singles know that you’re not going to be going out for five star meals unless they are buying? Read on and find out.

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As a dude on a stupidly tight budget, I’m careful about where I take girls that I’ve met online. I’m not going to take some chick who could be a 3 out to a steak house. That might sound harsh, but really, it’s just not worth starving for the rest of the month.

I know from my female friends that more and more girls are cluing into the fact that coffee means that the guy isn’t fully sold on them. So what can you do with online dating to up your odds at a nice dinner out instead of a paper cup and a conversation in a crowded Starbucks? Read and learn ladies.

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The other day I was talking to a really great couple I know. They’re like me, tight budget and a love for going out and having free dating adventures. So we swapped ideas of were to go for a good time in the city, for free.

Here’s how to find lots of fun, free things to do in your city.

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Got a hot date this weekend?  And you’ve gone through your wardrobe numerous times and STILL can’t find something appropriate to wear?  Ok, I’m trusting that you really really really need something new and that it has been awhile since your last purchase.  I also hope that over the past few weeks you have been utilizing as many free dating tactics as possible.


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Happy Birthday to Me

On October 6, 2011, in Dating on a Dime, Freebies, by Cornell

So this may seem a little bit sneaky and cheap but when you have no money and still like dating in that singles for singles world, all is fair.  AND you can only use this tactic once a year so hopefully you read this around the time of your birthday.

Yup, I said it, birthday.  I don’t care how young or old you are, birthday season is still a time to celebrate all things you.  SO if you are still in that singles for singles world this is the perfect time to meet and mingle new people without having to buy anyone a drink.  Actually, you’ll probably get a couple drinks out of it, even if you’re a guy.

Let me set the scene.  For your birthday let your friends (or tell your friends) to take you to a pub of some sort and invite some friends you’ve never met before.  This will give you the opportunity to get introduced to a new network in a social and un-intimidating setting.  It won’t feel like you’re at a dating site but it will still give you everything you need to make a good impression for the future.

What makes this even more genius is that because it is YOUR birthday, people will want to be buying you drinks.  If you’re a guy even the girls you meet may buy you one.  If you want to make a really good impression buy one for her in return.  It would be rude to turn her’s down but show your appreciation by reciprocating.  You only need to get her one to make your point.  This is unlike if you’re on a date where you are usually expected to buy at least a couple.

If your friends don’t have any new people for you to meet don’t get discouraged.  There are usually tons of people at pubs that you can get introduced to because it’s your birthday.  It’s always an easy way into a conversation with a stranger.

Warning to this tip:  Don’t let yourself get loaded and become a drunken full just because it’s your birthday and you will get free drinks.  Know personals limit and when to say no.  You can always pass those free drinks onto chicks or guys you meet.


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