This couple is clearly doomed. But you don't have to spend big to find a far better relationship than they have Image: So how can you find love without breaking the bank? Here are our top tips… 1. Use a free site Don't worry, you can always say you met on the bus Getty There are hundreds of dating websites, maybe even thousands. And they are making a fortune out of our quest for true love. After all, maths is the answer to love, right? Use your phone Tinder is free and lets you find single people near you.
Probably best not to use it while actually on a date though As more and more people sign up there are plenty of people using it to look for something more romantic.
We know several people who've found long-term relationships and met on the site. But fundamentally it's an introduction to someone you like the look of and a way of checking they like the look of you too.
Most sites tempt you in for free, letting you browse profiles and even connect with matches. So make sure you know how much a website could cost you before you start browsing. If you are looking for something specific, then find a site that caters to it, such as dating for parents , dating for Christians , or dating for overs.
Ask your friends Run. Run while you still can. Your friends will know someone better Remember a time before the internet? And somehow people still met, fell in love and lived happily ever after. One way they did that was by asking their friends to set them up on dates. Fast forward to and your friends have even larger social networks, thanks to websites like Facebook and Twitter. The only downside can be that the friends who introduce you might expect a running commentary, so be ready to politely ask them to leave you to it!
Getty The dating game can be expensive: Try speaking to them on the phone before you arrange to meet or limit the date to a daytime coffee rather than a three-course meal. Use a recent picture, and be honest about your hobbies and interests. Otherwise you could just be wasting your time and theirs.