Dating

February 13

eHarmony: Free Communication Weekend On Now

Posted by on February 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

eHarmony: Free Communication Weekend On Now

If you are single, Valentine’s Day can be a devil of a holiday for you. If you are interested in finding the one, considering online dating. Studies say that a huge number of people are meeting and marrying through online dating, so by not using it, you could be totally missing out. If paying for a membership to a dating site deters you, this weekend eHarmony has a free communication weekend, which starts now.

While you can communicate for free on eHarmony this weekend, you can’t use skip to mail, secure calls or send photos. You don’t need a credit card to sign up, so you won’t be charged after the weekend is over either. The great thing about this weekend being free is that you know there will be lots of other singles on there waiting to meet someone else as well.

Setting up your profile is actually kind of fun as eHarmony is all about finding you the perfect match based on the questions you answer. Although I’m married, it would be fun to find out what kind of person eHarmony would think I’d be compatible with, but I won’t do that since they say curiosity can kill the cat and get your spouse pissed at you.

(Expiry: 17th February 2014)

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December 26

eHarmony Canada: Free Communication Week

Posted by on December 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

eHarmony Canada: Free Communication Week

Enjoy a free communication week at eHarmony.ca, the online dating site, from today through the 1st of January.

Usually, you have to pay to use the service if you want to get in contact with potential matches, but for these seven days it is free. You can sign up without a credit card, so don’t worry about any any subscription fees kicking in after your free trial of the service.

There are a few exclusions:

Free Communication does not include photos, secure call  or Skip to Email

Dating sites are a great way to find someone outside your usual pool of friends or small community. You can find people based on who would match well with you and make friends and perhaps find that special someone else. I hope some of our Moosers can find their special someone in 2014!

(Expiry: 1st January 2014)

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November 7

7 Frugal Date Nights

Posted by on November 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM

7 Frugal Date Nights

With Christmas coming, many of us are cutting the expenses and saving for gifts. This might mean cutting out all dinners out and other assorted date nights. But, we can’t neglect our spouse at this special time of year, because that will only make both partners even more stressed. I’ve come up with seven fun but frugal date nights you could try instead of the usual $100 night plus babysitter cost.

7 Frugal Date Nights

Host a themed movie night. Watching a movie in usually means one partner snoozing with the other partner spilling popcorn and anger. But, keep yourself awake by planning everything around the movie and keeping in a theme. For example, The Dating Divas have come up with 18 movie date night ideas and my most favourite is to watch The Bucket List and then make your own together. I love planning the future with my husband and writing things down so they have to come to life. This idea fosters communication, plus you get to watch a good movie too.

7 Frugal Date Nights

Have a living room picnic date. Switch things up by spreading out a lovely homemade or store-bought picnic on the floor. As you can see from Delightful Diction‘s photo above, the scene looks very nice even with just KFC and Coor’s Light. You don’t need gourmet to have a good time. That should be my new catchphrase.

7 Frugal Date Nights

Go for a walk and chat. It really can be that simple. Even if it is cold out, bundle up and walk your neighbourhood or a neighbourhood in your city that you’ve never walked in and discover something new – about each other and about your city. Your kids won’t be there to interrupt you every five minutes and you’ll be alone to actually connect. Photo Credit: Tamakisono

7 Frugal Date Nights

Bake together. You can choose something totally easy or something complicated so you have to work together. What’s best about this date night idea is that you can feed each other your just desserts once you are done. This recipe from How Sweet It Is for S’mores Ice Cream Cake fits the bill perfectly in my mind.

7 Frugal Date Nights

Read together. I don’t mean hold one book and read it over the other’s shoulder. Read something sexy or informative to each other. Take turns and make it entertaining. If your marriage needs a pickup or you need a tweak on your parenting, you could also read from parenting or marriage books while one takes notes, then talk about what you learned and how you can implement it in your relationship. It isn’t the most sexy date, but it could bring something good to what you have already. Photo Credit: Eszter Hargittai

7 Frugal Date Nights

Go geocaching. Geocaching is the next huge thing. Fun, free and you can do it whenever you want, it makes the perfect date night. Pixie Dust Savings fills you in on the ins and outs of geocaching.

7 Frugal Date Nights

Bargain Babe has some really great ideas for frugal date nights and my favourite is to go thrift store hunting. Like Macklemore, head to the thrift shop and pop some tags. You can challenge each other to find five great items for the other.

Photo Credit for banner: Boris V

Bargainmoosers, what are you favourite frugal date nights? Let me know in the comments below.

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August 16

Chemisty.com: Free Communication This Weekend

Posted by on August 16, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Chemisty.com: Free Communication This Weekend

Ever want to try the online dating thing? Do it for free, without restriction, all weekend!

I was lucky enough to meet the perfect woman at the church I went to when I moved for college. Unfortunately, some people aren’t as lucky as I was. For some of those people, the thought of going to another club to try to meet someone is horrifying. There are a lot of options out there, and online dating with a site like Chemisty.com is one of them.

I’ve never used one, but the way they make money is by giving you a free account with which to check out, and charging for a premium account of some sort. The main different between the two is that with the free account you cannot contact anyone. You have to wait for and hope that they talk to you first. There can also be restrictions on how much of a profile you can view, and where you will be ranked in searches.

For the free communication weekend, you get to bypass all those restrictions and talk to whoever you want! If you’re lucky and meet the perfect person, that’s awesome. If you don’t, at least you know if it’s worth your time and money to buy a premium account and keep on trying!

(Expires: 18th August 2013)

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May 10

Chemistry.com: Free Weekend To Flirt, Communicate & Connect

Posted by on May 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Chemistry.com: Free Weekend To Flirt, Communicate & Connect

Chemistry.com is having a free communication weekend where you can flirt, communicate and connect to your heart’s content on their site all weekend on their online dating site. So, when you see your Mom on Mother’s Day and she asks you if you are dating anyone, you can tell her maybe after this weekend.

What’s different about Chemistry.com is that they feel they know you and your potential mate best, by using a personality test to build your profile. They’ll tell you who are the best matches for you. They also offer interesting conversation-starting activities and personalized tips to help you realize who this person behind the profile really is, so you can decide if you really want to use up your precious free time to meet them. Each person will be classified as a personality type. Me, I am a Negotiator apparently.

You can look at your matches and automatically decide if you want to like them, not like them or decide later. This is a good tool for keeping track!

The personality test is really cool, mainly because it actually gives you time to think about who you are and what you want. With the free service you can see  your daily personalized matches, view photos and get voice notes. As a paid subscriber, you can can communicate anytime, email your matches, flirt using games and see who wants to connect or who has noticed you.

This weekend you’ll be able to flirt, communicate and connect for free. So get on there now and get your profile ready for a weekend of fun! If you decide to buy the service to keep connecting after the free weekend the rates are:

  • Basic plan for $39.99 a month (for one month)
  • Top seller for $26.99 a month (for three months)
  • Best value for $20.99 a month (for six months) – you’ll also get free replies with this plan

(Expiry: 12th May 2013)

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February 8

Groupon Canada: $19 For a Three-Month Membership to Lavalife Online Dating

Posted by on February 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Groupon Canada: $19 For a Three Month Membership to Lavalife Online Dating

Groupon Canada is offering a three-month membership to Lavalife.com for $19 (a $67.80 value).

Valentine’s Day can be a lonely time of year for singles. With everything love-themed and talk about hearts and chocolates and other things mushy, people can feel out of place in a matched-up world. If you are interested in meeting someone, now is a great time because of this Groupon for Lavalife.

I read an article yesterday in Maclean’s magazine that says that internet dating is now the second most popular way to find a mate. It comes second only to meeting mates through mutual friends. Meeting potential life partners is hard, especially as we get older. Right now if either a male or female friend asked me if I knew anyone single I’d have to say I only know one single guy, and that’s it. Everyone else I know is paired off. So, in comes internet dating, which I think is a great way to meet people, even if it isn’t for a long-term relationship. I know several people who have met online and are still together as well.

With this membership, you get unlimited emails and instant messages, so when you see someone you like, you can easily send a message free. With three different communities, you can choose from dating, relationships and intimate encounters, whatever floats your boat. User search is easy, you just punch in exactly what you are looking for and then browse your matches. There is a free service at Lavalife, but it doesn’t let you send actual messages, only to search, reply and flirt. So, if you are serious about finding someone, you need to pay for the membership. I think three months is a good amount of time for a membership, because it gets you seeing what is out there, if online dating interests you and gets your feet wet.

Simply buy your Groupon and start your search!

(Expiry: 12th February 2013)

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January 18

eHarmony Coupon Code: Save On 6 Month Subscription

Posted by on January 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

eHarmony Coupon Code: Save On 6 Month Subscription

It is a new year with new resolutions and a lot of people have made theirs to find that special someone.  If you are single and are tired of the bar dating scene, you might want to give online dating a try.  eHarmony.ca has a great coupon code out that will save you on your 6 month subscription for a limited time only.

Click here to check out eHarmony.ca

  • Coupon Code: EHCODECA
  • Discount: Save 20% on a 6 month subscription
  • Expiry: 31st December 2013

This is a great time to start looking for that special someone. With Valentines Day just around the corner, there will be plenty of people flooding to the website so you will likely have lots of people to choose from.

This coupon is valid until December 31st so you have plenty of time to check it out and see if this is the right site for you. You will be able to connect with singles in your area and you can modify your search to exactly the type of person you are looking for.

For this and other eHarmony coupon codes, make sure to check out the Bargainmoose coupon forum.

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January 3

Save Money on Online Dating

Posted by on January 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Save Money on Online Dating

According to Match.com, 1 in 5 relationships now originate online. If you live in a city where it can be difficult to meet people, sometimes finding an online partner is easier than waiting for Mr. or Ms. Right to take notice of you in the grocery aisle.

If you live in a notoriously difficult-to-meet-new-people city like Vancouver, it can be very expensive to date. Companies like “It’s just Lunch” or “Events and Adventures” capitalize on setting singles up and charging a hefty fee to do so (somewhere in the hundreds of dollars per month range). Even if you’re trying out online dating, companies like eHarmony charge you $65 a month on average to send you a list of matches per day.

So, if you’d rather try out the online dating thing for free without breaking the bank to meet someone to share warm fuzzies with, here are some sites across Canada that won’t cost you a dime to use.

Plenty of Fish

Ahh.. Plenty of Fish. It’s probably no surprise that the second most visited online dating site (second to eHarmony) was created in none other than Vancouver (aka the lonely single capital of the world because people are either too shy or too cliquey at bars). With Plenty of Fish, you can message people or initiate a chat session, who added you on their “favourites” list, and who wants to “meet” you.

Although there are some Plenty of Fish horror stories (like eager men only looking to have a good time instead of a relationship), there are plenty of Plenty of Fish success stories, including my gorgeous girl friend who met her husband (and one previous fiancée and another ex boyfriend) on Plenty of Fish.

eHarmony

Although eHarmony costs money to subscribe (e.g. see pictures, communicate) it is free to complete a profile. That means, other people can still be matched with you. The caveat is that you will be emailed incessantly about people trying to contact you or who are interested in you, but you will not be able to see what they write or what they look like. If you’re a curiosity-killed-the-cat kind of person, then setting up a free profile might not be a good idea (because these emails will lure you to be a subscriber, no doubt). If you have enough self control, then setting up a profile and waiting for the free communication weekends (which come up a few times a year and don’t worry if you subscribe, Bargainmoose will notify you) may be a good idea.

I have a girl friend who just got married this year to someone she met on eHarmony and another friend who is currently dating someone she met on eHarmony.

Lavalife

Lavalife… Where Singles are supposed to Click. This is another online dating site that is free. Free as in replying to messages is free, flirting, and searching are free. Initiating conversation is not free and is only available to paid members. The cost to be a paid member is approximately $20 a month with discounts if you buy multiple months at a time. I have a friend who is now married (and together for 9+ years) with someone she met on Lavalife.

OkCupid

This website is 100% free, much like Plenty of Fish. Ok Cupid was launched in 2004 and is also one of the most popular online dating sites on the market in North America. The design of the website is much more “clean” and smooth compared to Plenty of Fish. Simply put, Okcupid feels less seedy and sinful in comparison to Plenty of Fish.

The premise of OkCupid is the use of a matching system based on questions that you answer. Like Plenty of Fish, you can also use an advanced search option to look for potential matches based on height, distance from you, age range, and whether they smoke or not. It is a free site, but if you want to be an online cyber stalker (e.g. visiting other profiles and having no evidence you did so) and yet still be able to see who visited your own profile, you can pay to be on the A-list. The A-list costs $14.95 a month and gives you other features in addition to anonymous profile-stalking.

Although these are the biggest online dating sites available in Canada, many people who are into online dating often use multiple sites simultaneously. So, it might be a good idea to stick to one site and rotate instead of signing up for multiple sites. Being matched or contacted by the same people you are not interested in, in the first place on different online websites is probably not the best idea in the world.

Hopefully these online dating websites help you find Mr. or Ms. Right, someone who is compatible with you on multiple levels. Although we all dream of finding someone the “old fashioned” way, sometimes we need a little help through eHarmony, Plenty of Fish, Lavalife, or OkCupid!

Bargainmoosers, have you had any luck with any of these online dating sites? Any other dating sites you would recommend?

Photo credit (Ed Yourdon)

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September 29

eHarmony Coupon Code: Save 20% on a 6-Month eHarmony Subscription

Posted by on September 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM

eHarmony Coupon Code: Save 20% on a 6 Month eHarmony Subscription

If you are single and are tired of the bar dating scene, you might want to give online dating a try.  This is a great time to check out eHarmony.ca because they have a good coupon code out that will save you on your 6 month subscription for a limited time only.

Here are the details for this coupon:

  • Coupon Code: EHCODECA
  • Discount: Save 20% on a 6 month subscription
  • Expiry: 31st December 2012

There are over 20 million current users on eHarmony and you can narrow down by different categories to start searching for your perfect match.  You can refine your search to local singles and choose from categories like single seniors, single Asians, christian singles and more. It is safe and very easy.

I actually know of a few people that have met someone online and eventually have gotten married.

This coupon is valid until December 31st so you have plenty of time to check it out and see if this is the right site for you.

For this and other eHarmony coupon codes, make sure to check out the Bargainmoose coupon forum.

Have you met your significant other online?

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June 29

eHarmony.ca Free Communication Weekend

Posted by on June 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

eHarmony.ca Free Communication Weekend

(Bump) This weekend only, they’re having a free communication weekend on eHarmony Canada, the online dating site, to celebrate Canada Day!

Usually, you have to pay to use the service if you want to get in contact with potential matches, but that’s free this weekend only. You can sign up without a credit card, you don’t need to worry about any subscription fees kicking in after the weekend.

** Free Communication does not include photos, secure call  or Skip to Email

You know, online dating sites really don’t have much of a stigma attached to them any more – it’s a pretty common thing to do, and no-one bats an eyelid when they hear that a couple met online. If you do meet someone, you could maybe try out these frugal first date ideas!

So, whether you’re a man seeking a gal, a woman seeking a dude, a boy seeking a gent, or a lady seeking a belle, this weekend could be a good time to try out the services on eHarmony. Did you meet your partner on a dating site? Share your story below!

(Ends 2nd July 2012) (Thanks Anthony Citrano)

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May 21

The Importance of Talking About Money in a New Relationship

Posted by on May 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM

The Importance of Talking About Money in a New Relationship

When you’ve just started a new relationship, credit card debt and bond funds are probably the last things you want to talk about when you’re enjoying a sunset picnic. As unromantic as talking about money may seem, it’s still one of the most important things you should discuss before getting too involved with someone. You’ve heard the story about the girl who moves in with her boyfriend only to find out he’s knees deep in debt, with only $20 to his name. We’re all independent and intelligent ladies (or guys!) so let’s make sure we get all the facts before signing a one-year lease with our supposed Mr or Mrs Right.

Some women may argue that bringing up money so early in a relationship is a sure way to make you look like the only thing you’re interested in is his bank account, but I would like to argue that his isn’t the only bank account at stake. Men are just as capable as women of taking advantage of their partner’s generosity and kindness.  Just because he’s a really good listener and always offers to take out the trash, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still keep track of how many times he tells you “I’ll pay for it next time.”

The Importance of Talking About Money in a New Relationship A great book to consider reading when you’ve started dating someone new is First Comes Love, Then Comes Money by Bethany and Scott Palmer. In their book they discuss a few different money personalities, such as the saver and the spender. You may be a saver who works hard for your money and takes pride in seeing her savings grow every paycheque, but what if your new boyfriend is a spender who can’t control his shopaholic ways? This guy may have every box ticked on your potential husband list, but is it worth marrying someone who could potentially drive you both into bankruptcy? Or perhaps the roles are reversed, and every week you look forward to checking out what’s new at the mall, whereas your boyfriend refuses to spend the extra dollar for a coffee at Starbucks because McDonalds is cheaper. Could you live with his constant judgment of your spending habits and his strict frugality?

It’s common knowledge that one of the main things couples argue about is money, and a lot of that stems from lack of trust and secrecy. If you have a joint account with your boyfriend but don’t trust his money management skills, he may take that to mean you don’t trust him entirely. If you feel the urge to hide your latest purchases from him for fear of discovery, that’s almost equal to flat out lying to his face. Trust, honesty, and communication are the three pillars of a healthy relationship, and making sure you and your partner are both open about your finances is part and parcel.

I’m not suggesting you swap bank account passwords with your new beau right away, but discussing your opinions on managing money in the first few months of dating will definitely help you determine whether you can build a future together. Can you see yourself buying a house, sharing a credit card, or paying your bills with him? If the answer is no, then it might be time to say goodbye to your bass guitarist lover and start a new search for a more financially compatible soul mate.

Moosers, what’s your stance on this? How soon is too soon to be talking about money in your new relationship?

The Importance of Talking About Money in a New Relationship

(Image credits: Pedrosimoes7, jorgmejia, photonuomi)

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February 11

Wagjag: $9 for a 1-Month Membership (Reg. $19.99) or $15 for a 3-Month Membership (Reg. $50.97) @ Lavalife.com

Posted by on February 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Wagjag: $9 for a 1 Month Membership (Reg. $19.99) or $15 for a 3 Month Membership (Reg. $50.97) @ Lavalife.com
Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day, and if you haven’t found yours yet – why not try out Lavalife with this deal? Pay only:

  • $9 for a 1-Month Membership (Worth $19.99) or
  • $15 for a 3-Month Membership (Worth $50.97)

…at Lavalife. Consider it the “just checking out out” for $9 deal, or the “let’s get my feet wet” for $15 deal – both available via Wagjag.

I found this deal in St Johns – so if you get redirected – just check out the side deals in St. Johns.

Lavalife.com is toted as Canada’s most popular online dating service. You will redeem your voucher online, and it must be redeemed by the 16th, May 2012. There are no additional charges, and this offer is only available to new members of Lavalife.

These vouchers are selling pretty well, nearly 300 sold as I speak! Maybe love is soon to be in the air Wagjag: $9 for a 1 Month Membership (Reg. $19.99) or $15 for a 3 Month Membership (Reg. $50.97) @ Lavalife.com

Deal expires in a bit over 4 days.

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July 28

Perfectmatch dating: Buy 1 Month Get 1 Free

Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Perfectmatch dating: Buy 1 Month Get 1 Free

If you’re looking for your perfect match online, you could maybe try out PerfectMatch.com (see what I did there?). There’s a promotion on right now where you can pay for one month and get the second month for free.

Using the above link will activate the Buy 1 get 1 free promo, you should see it on the landing page.

You will have to enter your credit card details to pay for the first month, as it is not a free trial. Just make a note to check your subscription at the end of the second month, if you’re thinking of cancelling at the end of the promotional period.

Being in an 8 year relationship, I’ve actually not had the inclination to use any of the dating sites which seem to be growing and growing, so I cannot really offer any well-informed opinions as to how good PerfectMatch.com is. Any Bargainmoosers used PerfectMatch.com? What do you think of it?

But some of my friends and family are regular users of various online matchmaking websites. A good friend of mine goes on quite a few of what I would call “blind dates” through various sites. She’s not yet found her soulmate though!

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October 4

eHarmony: 7 More Days Of Free Communication

Posted by on October 4, 2010 at 12:00 PM

eHarmony: 7 More Days Of Free Communication

Little late on posting this one, but from October 1 – 10 eHarmony is having a free communication event where you can communicate for free with your compatible matches. No credit card necessary.

I have seen tons of eHarmony advertisements but don’t know anyone who has used the system. I have met a lot of people over forums, etc but only ever tried one ‘dating site’ and never met any long lasting friends even through there. I met my husband the good old fashioned way, in person. Have any of our Moosers had eHarmony success stories?

*Does not include eHarmony mail

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October 3

Perfectmatch.com Free Trial

Posted by on October 3, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Perfectmatch.com Free Trial

Perfectmatch.com is another online dating site, for singles looking for love! For a limited time, they seem to be offering a free 3 day trial membership.

After the 3 day period, if you haven’t cancelled your trial, they will start to bill you for using the service, which is $29.95 per month – so if you only want to try out the service, make sure you cancel your account within the 3 days.

I don’t have exact stats as to how many Canadians use this dating service. But as it is a free trial, you could sign up and see what it is like. Admittedly, Alexa states that only 6% of Perfectmatch’s traffic is Canadian, so there may not be thousands of potential love matches for you on there… but you never know.

Now, having been in a pretty solid relationship for the past 8 years, I’ve never had the need for online dating (and I am hoping not to). I’m not a great judge of this type of service… have you used PerfectMatch.com – what do you think?

(Thanks for the image nattu)

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