Dating is a pretty important part of finding that special someone, but with an online dating subscription, dinner, drinks, transport, even a new outfit and hairdo – the cost of dating can soon add up.
We've surveyed some of the nation's singles to find out whether there is such a thing as a free date. Here's what we found:
The cost of preparing for a date
According to the 2012 LoveGeist report, singles seeking a relationship are, on average, prepared to spend a maximum of £32.58 preparing for a first date. This includes purchasing a new outfit or having their hair done ahead of the date itself.
The cost of the first date
The LoveGeist report revealed that £40.51 was the average amount singles are willing to spend on the first date.
If this sounds a little out of your price range, you might be relieved to learn that 65% of singles also said that they'd prefer to do something a little out of the ordinary on a date, like a picnic in the park. 52% said that they'd like to go to a museum or art gallery.
The cost of online dating
There're lots of free online dating websites available but as with most things in life, with match.com you are rewarded with quality in return for what you pay.
By paying for online dating you can refine your search so that you can more easily find likeminded matches. By honing your search, you'll get to speak to the people most suited to you, so you won't be wasting money on dates with unsuitable matches.