The Cost of the Perfect Match

August 3, 2010 in Singleness

Yesterday TIME.com had an article called “$100,000 Matchmaker, Make Me a Match.”  It’s an interesting look at the increasing demand for high-end matchmakers.  There are apparently people out there who pay from $15,000 to $50,000 to have someone find them a potential mate.  I guess the alternative for us normal folks is something closer to eHarmony and Match.com

The price of a one-month eHarmony subscription is $59.95 and Match.com subscription is $34.99.  Getting an extended subscription lowers the monthly cost, but these online dating sites don’t come cheap.  Is the cost of an online dating subscription worth the chance of finding love?  I’ll admit that I have moments when I see one of the happy couples on a dating website commercial (typically on a Saturday night when I’m alone in my apartment, they seem to advertise a lot on Saturday nights) and think that it could be a good idea.

I’m finally out of school and entering the final stretch of my late-twenties, so it seems like it could be a good time to think about meeting Mr. Right.   I’ve seen friends find relationships (even a marriage) online, but I’ve also a seen friend eagerly await the end of her online dating subscription so she could use the money to buy new tires for her car.  Some may see using a matchmaking service as an investment, while others see it as a sign of desperation.  I think I’m somewhere in between.  What do you think?  Is a service like eHarmony worth the cost?

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Katie August 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

As a girl, I think it’s a bargain. Pay $35-60 and meet endless people to take you out to dinner? 😉

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single&saving August 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Hmm…when you put it that way, there’s some bargain potential. I guess I would have to be sure to eat $35 to $60 worth of food each month to at least break even, haha.

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me in millions August 4, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I am SO over dating, especially online dating. It’s fun for awhile and a nice self esteem boost, but it is emotionally exhausting. If you’ve never done it, you should try it. See if there are ones that you can test drive for awhile for free. And the free dinners and drinks are a nice little perk.

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single&saving August 5, 2010 at 9:27 am

Online dating does sound like it could be emotionally exhausting! I’ll have to look around for the sites that have free trials, since I don’t know if paying for a subscription can counteract the bad dates.

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