Dating can be expensive and time consuming too but dating online is comparatively much cheaper or rather free in many instances.
“Dating has cost me a lot over the past couple of years and now I want to meet my match without spending much. Recently I have tried visiting a few free online dating sites and I find it interesting,” said Nishal Rana, 29 to Skinflint.
There are scores of free Internet dating options and the number of people visiting these websites has gone up in the current economic downturn.
Dating services can cost lots of money, but finding a mate online can be free. You might have to spend a few pounds but you definitely spend less.
Match.com and Dating Direct were the most commonly used sites.
Usage of complimentary dating sites has gone up over 58 percent since November 2008 when people started to feel the effects of the credit crunch.
BBC reports that UK-based Internet dating agencies now have an estimated six million subscribers.
"During bad economic times, people generally like to reprioritize their goals and, as a result, relationships move up on their list," said Joe Tracy, publisher of Online Dating to which.co.uk.
"The trend makes sense," he added.
Plentyoffish.com is one of the biggest free dating sites, recently hitting a million users in one day.
See our list for more dating sites and you could be on your way to a love match. All you need to do is sit in front of your computer and surf.