If you've signed up with a free online dating site and you've completed your profile so that it's interesting and genuine, your next probable step is to start planning a few first dates.
Now let's be honest, you're going to have a lot of first dates, but much fewer second dates. The first dates are when you find out whether the person you've been chatting to is really the same in real life, and whether they Photoshopped their photos!
If you recently won the lottery then you may be fine with meeting all your first dates in expensive restaurants, or going to the cinema and forking out for a dustbin of popcorn and a barrel of coke, but this can all get quite expensive. I've known some people have three or four first dates in a week, and it adds up.
So here are a few ideas which, whilst not suitable for everybody, might help prompt you to consider some first date ideas you could choose which don't cost a fortune.
Oh, and if you think that your date will be less than impressed if you fail to splash the cash, you might just ask yourself whether they're really right for you!