Love is in the air: it's National Matchmaker Day! What once carried a stigma is now the norm: more and more people are looking for and finding love online. With so many sites clamoring for your affections, which ones deliver? And, more importantly, if you're looking to go heavy on your heart but light on your wallet, which sites will work best for your budget? Luckily, there are plenty of free options for finding your soulmate, and we've got you covered.
OKCupid is a great free site that many first time online daters gravitate to, and with good reason. This easy to navigate site empowers you to discover your potential matches through your own searches, rather than them being picked for you. You'll answer a handful of questions to help you find your matches better. The site's fun, laid back feel keeps love seekers coming back. And since it's totally free, the risk to your savings is zero.
Coffee Meets Bagel
This reward-driven, free dating app is a hidden gem in the dating world. Matches are are based first on mutual friends you share on Facebook, with a limited number of matches per day. The more times you log in, the more matches you earn, which are measured in, you guessed it: coffee beans! The more beans you accumulate, the more matches you receive, which won't be confined to mutual friends you share on Facebook, but rather will be based on similar interests. Another fun feature is the report card dashboard, which gives you a breakdown on what users liked about your profile, or why they chose to pass. It even gives you suggestions for improving your chances of being “liked.” With all the free extras, this site is a great choice for finding love.
Plenty of Fish
This super easy to navigate site is packed with features and is totally free, making it a great option in your quest for a mate. The folks at POF are clearly doing something right, boasting 4 million logins per day. This is a great choice for those seeking long term relationships or casual hookups. You can search the entire database, and your matches are unlimited. Feel free to go really in depth with your profile, or keep it brief – it's entirely up to you. With seven different options for finding your match, chances are good you'll be meeting your sweetheart in no time. There's also a neat alert feature, ensuring that you'll never miss out on a possible love connection. We mentioned this was free, right? This is a deal you won't want to pass up!
Swiping across was basically invented by this free dating site. It really is that easy! If you are looking for a lower maintenance site, this is your go-to. Profiles are minimal, and the main activity is all in the thumb – swipe left to pass, swipe right to like and start chatting with your matches. You also have the option to connect your social profiles if you want to dig a little deeper. Communication can only happen if both parties “like” each other, at which point you are free to message each other and arrange a meet up. Easy breezy, and so free.
May Cupid strike his bow for you on this National Matchmaker Day!