Online dating has taken off here in the UK with over £5 billion being spent in 2015, up from £4 billion in 2014.
More and more singles are finding that it is money well spent and that dating online really can work.
What of the free dating sites? These have their place but the professionally run sites who charge for their services can then afford to give a professional service and employ highly trained people to help members and weed out romance scammers.
The average cost of a date is £127 in the UK, more than any other European country pays. This cost is made up of transport, entertainment including a meal, gifts, hairdressing, clothing and so on.
Brits, it seems, are prepared to pay far more than daters in other countries to woo their partners.
Online dating over 50 doesn't need to cost you a fortune. Compared to other means of socialising where you may meet prospective partners, the only cost involved is the monthly subscription plus perhaps a coffee or two whilst you browse and search!
The Buzz50 over 50s dating site is free to join, use, search and browse and if you do want to take things further there are a range of subscription options starting from £15 a month. Imagine that, just £15 a month to find the partner of your dreams!
Where and how to spend your money when you are looking for a new partner can be a bit of a hit an miss affair. Joining a local club or society can be costly in itself and the range and variety of people that you meet can be quite limited.
A dedicated interest club or group such as your local ramblers association will mean that you are meeting like minded people but only a proportion of them are likely to be single. Singles groups can be a great idea but can also be costly as their activities alone such as visiting attractions, going out for a meal and so on, although enjoyable, cost quite a lot.
So, at £15 a month, online dating can be a very cost effective and efficient way to meet your new partner.