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How to Start Christian Dating for Free

May 30, 2022
How to Start Christian Dating for Free

It's massively disappointing when you download a great new dating app (that's been given excellent review ratings!) only to find the subscription cost is way outside your budget.

Today the Best10Dating team has collated some advice to help you get the most out of your dating experiences, from:

  • Freebie dating sites for single parents and Christian singles.
  • Using a free member profile on the top dating apps.
  • Deciding which subscription period to go for.

A limited budget doesn't mean you can't access the top dating sites if you're clever about using them (and when you sign up!).

Finding a Great Free Christian Dating Site

The easiest place to start is by looking at those well-regarded Christian dating sites with a quick price comparison.

Most will offer a free user account, but whether it has enough features to make it worthwhile is another matter!

Our top-rated sites include:

  • eHarmony: Rated 9.9 
  • ChristianFreeandSingle: Rated 9.9
  • EliteSingles: Rated 9.9
  • MeetChristianMe: Rated 9.8

We'll run through each to give you a snapshot of whether you can join for free and how much a longer-term subscription will cost.

eHarmony Dating Costs

You can sign up to eHarmony free of charge, register an account and build your profile without spending anything.

Free accounts include:

  • Viewing somebody else's profile.
  • Sending winks.
  • Creating five match questions (picking from the pre-populated options).
  • Adding profiles to your favourites list.
  • Browsing matches, even if they're a bit outside of your preferences.

The issue is that you have messaging limitations, but it's a great way to look around the site and decide whether it's worth paying for.

You can keep a free account for as long as you like and upgrade as and when you spot someone special!

Subscription costs are currently as follows:

  • £29.90 a month for a Premium Light six-month membership.
  • £11.95 a month for a Premium Plus 12 month membership.
  • £8.95 a month for a Premium Extra two-year membership.

ChristianFreeandSingle Dating Costs

Signing up and creating a basic profile is 100% free on ChristianFreeandSingle, although, like all these sites, you don't get all the bells and whistles unless you're a paying customer.

There are no time limits, and you can use most of the tools, such as:

  • Searches based on location.
  • Free messaging (with a daily limit).
  • Browsing the 'looking for' section.
  • Checking your compatibility score.
  • Compiling a list of favourite profiles.

Other bits such as the read notifications, VIP search and unlimited messaging come at a cost, although you can go for a pared-down profile without paying an added extra.

The subscription costs are:

  • £24.95 for a one-month membership.
  • £16.66 a month for a three-month membership.
  • £13.33 a month for a six-month membership.
  • £10.42 a month for a one-year membership.

EliteSingles Dating Costs

Elite Singles has a free trial membership, although you can't send messages or read any messages you receive, so it's only worthwhile if you want to scout out your local matches!

Free users can:

  • Receive partner suggestions.
  • Send out a selection of five pre-populated questions.
  • Give likes and smiles.

If you bite the bullet and register for a full account, it'll cost you:

  • £39.95 a month for a three-month membership.
  • £21.95 a month for a six-month membership.
  • £19.90 a month for a one-year membership.

MeetChristianMe Dating Costs

Our fourth Christian dating site also provides a ton of freebies, and it's also the most affordable if you decide to upgrade to a paid membership.

As a free user, you can read the help articles, send likes, look at full-size profile pictures, search by age and location, play the Meet Me game and answer multiple-choice questions (or send them to your matches).

The drawback is that you have limited private messages and won't be as visible as someone with a premium account.

The subscription costs are:

  • £22.49 for a one-month membership.
  • £14.99 a month for a three-month membership.
  • £8.00 a month for a 12-month membership.

Review Canada's Top Christian Dating Sites

Are Free Memberships Worth Using on a Christian Dating Site?

Yes, a free dating site membership is definitely a step in the right direction!

It's also a great opportunity to run a few basic searches and see how many members there are in your immediate area.

One of the difficulties of digital dating is that it's common to have a great app that just doesn't happen to be popular in your region, so it's wise to look before you part with any cash.

Here are a few tips to help you maximise the effectiveness of your free Christian dating profile:

  • The biggest limitation is normally messaging. You might get five free messages a day but have to pay to receive inbox notes or might not get any messaging functions at all. Use likes, winks and other features instead of a chat, and if you get a response, it might be worth the added cost.
  • Never upgrade solely based on an inbox message from an unknown account. While rare, even the best dating apps can be susceptible to bots. If you get a random message and have to pay to read it - don't. 
  • Try all the search functions, even those less obvious parameters that you aren’t that fussed about. You'll get a better idea about whether you see the same grid of profiles over and over and how many people there are whom you might be compatible with.
  • Use the dating site on a desktop, not a mobile. Few dating apps give you full-size profile picture access, so it isn't easy to make a judgement call when basing your potential dates on tiny, blurry images. A desktop is larger, so even small thumbnail profile images will be easier to see.

We'd also recommend you never give out your number or try to contact somebody you don't know off-platform.

Sure, it might be tempting because you don't want to spend £10 a month to send a couple of messages, but the safety protocols are there for a reason.

It's better to stick with your five message limit a day and choose to upgrade, perhaps just for 30 days, if you really need to send more chats.

Compare Christian Dating Sites

What is the Cheapest Subscription for a Single Parent Dating App?

There are some crossovers between Christian and single parent dating for one obvious reason - both dating groups are less likely to be interested in casual dates.

Single parents usually prefer dating apps like Match or eHarmony, because the user base is focused on relationships and possibly marriage rather than quick hookups, which aren't compatible with being a parent.

Likewise, Christian singles want to meet people with the same faith or at least a similar set of relationship values.

They usually opt for a more serious commitment-based dating site, if not a specific Christian dating app.

That explains why two of our best-rated single parent dating sites are also among the best for Christian dating, but with a couple of additions.

Compare the best Single Parent Dating Sites

Match Dating Costs

Match has a free registration option, and you can either try the service or create an account without paying anything. As a free user, you can:

  • Send likes
  • Play the matchmaking game
  • Create your profile
  • View other member profiles
  • Browse on the member search function
  • Receive matches through Singled Out

However, as is the norm, you can't read or send messages.

Costs for a paid subscription are:

  • £20.99 for a one-month membership.
  • £13.99 a month for a three-month membership.
  • £6.99 a month for a six-month membership.

MeetSingleParentMe Dating Costs

MeetSingleParentMe is the sister of MeetChristianMe, so we've covered everything you need to know about features and tools for free accounts!

The subscription prices are the same.

If you are new to the site, you can register, create your profile, access the news features, play Meet Me, send and receive likes, and filter by interests, location and age.

You can send limited messages, but you can't use advanced search features as a free member.

Of these six dating apps, the lowest in terms of the monthly cost is Match at £20.99 for a one-month subscription, and it's also cheaper by £1.01 a month for a longer account - but there's more to it than that, as we'll discover next!

How do Match, Elite Singles & eHarmony compare? Read our review

How Can I Get the Lowest Price on a Subscription for a Christian Dating Site or a Single Parent Dating App?

There are tons of tips and tricks to get a free dating experience!

The first is that Match offers you a free six-month premium account IF you don't find a suitable match within your membership period.

If you sign up for the shortest subscription (one month) and aren't bowled over by somebody perfect in those 30 days, you can claim the guarantee and save yourself over £40.

Next, we'd suggest you take a look at the payment terms because these can be quite insightful:

  • A price per month may be a much larger cost, split into 12 months etc. For example, £8.99 a month for a dating subscription is great value - but you have to pay £107.88 upfront to get that rate.
  • Most dating sites are cheaper the longer you register; if you have the cash available, it's more cost-effective to sign up for a year than for a month. However, check the total cost, not just the price per month! It might be better to go for six months (and it often costs only a bit more than 30 days), but the cost for a year might be too expensive.

It's also worth checking for discount codes - which we often share!

You can shave off anything from 50% of the subscription fee, get a few months added on, or sign up for a shorter period at a discounted rate.

See also: The Pros & Cons of eHarmony

Where Can I Get a Discounted Dating Membership Price?

You'll normally find that the best deals and discount codes are for new users.

If you've used a dating app before but haven’t recently been active and don't have a live subscription, you might want to close down your old profile.

Login beforehand, copy all the profile text (as far as it's still relevant), so you won't have to type it all out again.

Register as a new user with a different email address, and bingo, you'll get the new user incentive prices.

Trial periods are normal, so you will usually get at least a week free anyway.

However, if you have to enter your credit card details, the chances are you'll be billed immediately when that period expires.

Finally, it's common to have an automatically recurring subscription for rolling renewals, which can be a pain if you only intended to sign up for one month.

Check the terms first, and be sure to contact the dating site if you don't want to repeat the payment when the current billing cycle ends.

We hope this guide has explained a little more about how dating site subscriptions work, how much they cost, and how you can make the most of free introductory deals on your selected Christian dating sites!

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Lauren Edwards-Fowle
Lauren Edwards-Fowle
Lauren is a freelance writer passionate about how we develop rewarding experiences, and overcoming the barriers we face to living our best lives. Lauren writes regularly about the modern world of dating, relationships, parenthood, and social dynamics.