Let’s face it, when it comes to hooking-up online, most of us are looking to meet attractive people without spending too much money on the privilege. But online dating can be an expensive business, particularly when it comes to adult content. So, with that in mind, here are our top 5 ways to save money when using adult dating websites…
1: Be aware of online scams
Unfortunately, as with many sites which often involve money, there are people who will try to take advantage of someone’s good nature. All dating sites should offer advice on staying safe online and offline, including any problems they’ve encountered with scam artists. Don’t give out your bank details, avoid handing out your contact details where possible, try not to fall for scams such as sending money as a loan or for tickets to fly out to meet you. Whilst some of these could be genuine, you ought to think about whether it’s worth the risk.
2: Know your limits
Don’t spend more than you can afford. It’s easy to see credits in your account and forget that they’re real money which you earned. Buying gifts or splashing out on emoticons can seem fun but your wallet may not be happy by the end of it. This also applies to signing up for membership and handing over your card details. Can you afford to pay a monthly membership fee, and are there any hidden charges? If in doubt, contact customer services or shop around.
3: Avoid overspending in online stores
Toys, videos, vacations, additional features and more are often available online. Would you walk into one store and buy everything without checking for a better deal elsewhere? We wouldn’t. Cross check prices on store items, and even check for deals on membership prices. Some video content may be “pay per watch” whilst others are your property upon purchase. Check the details.
4: Consider your membership type and length
Adult dating websites often provide a variety of membership options to choose from. Trial periods are a good way to test the waters (and often come at a discounted rate), but once they’re over you should think about which features you need and which you don’t. Do you really need your profile to be highlighted or shown as a “top member”? Probably not. It is, however, useful to have communication tools at your disposal. A lot of new members make the mistake of thinking that they’ll find a date in a few days and that’ll be all they need, but it can often take months to find your ideal partner(s). You may even wish to continue your membership after meeting up with members, as a safe means of staying in touch and meeting new friends.
5: Calculate your credits
A lot of sites sell credit which can be used to purchase online content such as photos, videos, or to open up messaging features. It can be tempting just to take the smallest bundles, thus spending the least amount of money, but that’s not always the wisest action. Most sites which sell credits will offer discounts for larger bundles, making each credit cheaper in the long-run. If you think you’ll be using credits regularly on a site, actually perform a calculation to check you’re getting the best deal. Some sites also offer free credits if you perform certain tasks (such as uploading photos or inviting friends) which is also a great way to save money.
So, in short, to save money on adult dating websites: use your common sense, shop around, know your limits and, if in doubt, ask the site’s customer services team for support.