Dating Advice for Beyond the Fridge
Last week’s Dating Tip touched on Matchmakers and why it’s Caveat Emptor: http://tinyurl.com/kefveyd
This week, we’ll discuss other options for your hard-earned money to help meet the one. These options are endless, so the goal should be to meet new people, plus enjoy the activity in the process.
Now, as I said last week, all Matchmakers don’t suck. But for the exorbitant cost, you can join the 5 biggest online dating sites, plus enjoy the below, all for less than a couple of Matchmaker introductions.
1. Make plans with your friends
It’s a fact: the easiest way to meet new people is through the people you already know. It amazes me how often I think to myself that I don’t see my friends as often as I’d like.
I get it. Work is hard; we have less time to socialize as we move along our career paths. Sometimes what we need is a kick in the tush.
So whether it’s dinner, drinks or even brunch, make plans with your friends. The more you see each other, the more you’re on their mind and the more likely it is that they’ll come across a good set-up for you.
2. Coed Sports
There’s a reason coed sports leagues have been around for decades. Cause they’re fun. Yes, new leagues are always popping up, from cornhole to curling, but the classic softball league still works wonders as well.
What counts is your interest. If you like tennis, there’s a coed league for that. Same with golf, running, soccer, even drinking games like darts and bocce.
I read an interesting term when it comes to coed sports leagues: situational generalization. When you work toward a common goal, you’re more likely to grow closer.
With spring around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start growing.
Join an organization in which you meet like-minded people, whether it’s religious, political, even charitable. The benefit of Benefits was a dating tip from the Holidays, but it’s relevant all year around: http://tinyurl.com/loxw2q3
This way, you’re helping a cause you believe in, plus meeting new people with common interests in the process.
Make like Jack Kerouac and get on the road. There are several ways to go here and all of them are still less than most Matchmaking services.
One is to go solo. As long as you’re open and friendly, you’d be amazed how easy it is to meet people while traveling in places like Europe.
When I was single, I went to Spain solo for two weeks and made friends in every city I was in. It can be intimidating. But there are always fun people out there who will welcome you to join their table.
A second is to travel with friends. Here’s a #DateTipTuesdays on some great travel destinations for singles: http://tinyurl.com/m9289z8
Just don’t let your friends’ schedules hold you back. There’ll be times when you have to choose between putting off a trip until your schedules line up or going solo. (Go solo. It’s a great experience and you learn a lot about yourself)
A third option is taking a trip through a Singles tour operator or a Singles cruise/hotel destination. (I must have a dozen friends who met someone at the Club Med Turks & Caicos)
Travel options are so extensive, it’d take a future #DateTipTuesdays post, but the good news is there are tour operators that focus on an array of interests, ages and lifestyles.
As I preach, there’s no black and white when it comes to dating. Just remember: when it comes to spending money, there are countless ways to meet singles without breaking the bank.
Plus, you can have a helluva lot of fun in the process.