Budget for an online dating

"Even if finding your soul mate ranks high on your list of priorities, be mindful to still cover your essential expenses." But once those are covered, "how you choose to allocate the money within that category is really up to you," she says.

"As long as it fits into your larger budget, there are no strict rules." Knowing that every dating budget might look different, we asked three active daters, and one who's now in a relationship, to give us a snapshot of what they're willing to spend — or not — in the pursuit of finding The One.

That being said, he is willing to invest later if the match seems to be working.

I love his idea of free or less-expensive dates that are still fun, well-planned, and emphasize an activity in which you can really get to know someone in a natural way.

I don't like doing the $100-plus dinner when there are things that are cheaper and more fun, and you don't get awkward silences or forced conversation. I'll do the things that should be done, like open car doors or walk curbside. Ultimately, that's what you want any budget to do: to reflect your values and priorities.

For example, he mentioned that feeling and looking good are important to him, but he recognizes that he can do that with a fairly inexpensive gym membership and a splash of Old Spice.

The mobile app is the best part of the dating service. Plus, in Chicago, everyone always has their phones in front of their faces while they ride the L train. I've been told by a lot of girls that it can be nauseating.

Date prep Personal grooming: a month I get my hair cut every three weeks and buy fiber to style it. I know how to do it — just a splash — but I think my Old Spice body wash works fine. I think it's more about the substance of the person than what they're wearing. Other prep: Before dates, I usually swing by the car wash.

The days when those were taboo for a date are long gone. () What the money coach thinks Aaron's budget seems to be well thought out and practical.

I've gone paddle-boarding for a couple, gotten two White Sox tickets for , and played Whirly Ball — think lacrosse in bumper cars — for . He doesn't invest a ton of money up-front, but he still makes sure to put time and effort into the things that are important to him.

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