With many of us spending an average of 47 hours a week at work, meeting new people can be hard.
With its large user base (over 13.5 million visits a month), unbeatable reputation (has led to more dates, relationships, and marriages than any other dating site), and all-inclusive trial, Match is my favorite free site to meet local singles.
Not only does the site have the specific search filters you’re looking for, but it also has features like being able to see who’s online now.
Instead of putting pressure on the date to be perfect, enjoy getting to know someone new. If it doesn’t, you’ve made a new friend who may know someone who would be a better match. From painting to sports to cooking to writing, there are tons of groups out there that offer activities for free.
You can either find a new hobby or get better at one you’re already interested in.
What you really want to do is stay home with Netflix, and while that’s relaxing and doesn’t cost any money, your next date isn’t going to knock on the door, interrupt your “House of Cards” binge, and sweep you off your feet.
You’re going to have to get out there, so I’ve put together a list of ways to help you. Online dating is the easiest and best way to meet local singles, hands down.
If you’re looking to hook up with someone nearby, Be Naughty is one of my top picks.
You can browse profiles in any town for free, and everyone is on the same page — no need to feel bad for being straightforward about your desires.
Get into “Yes Man” mode and go to as many parties as possible when invited. I met my last boyfriend at a party that I didn’t want to go to, but I made myself, had an awesome time, and ended up dating him for the next several years.
There are free events going on in your city or town all the time — you just have to know how to find them. Typing in “free things to do in [enter your city]” will bring up so many options (e.g., music and art festivals, gallery openings, and museum exhibits) that you could fill up your social calendar for the rest of your life and still not get to them all.
It’s OK if you aren’t a big partier because small gatherings like these are still good for meeting people.