5 ways to meet your mate: Personals


5 ways to meet your mate

Get the skinny on dating options that could work for you

By Leigh Felesky
First published in’s January 2003 issue.
© Rogers Publishing Ltd.


A simple personal ad has been known to get the job done.

The lure
It’s cheap! Browse through the newspaper, magazines or free entertainment weeklies at your local coffee shop and reply to an ad that moves you. Or place an ad yourself, then sit back and wait. Cost: It varies–sometimes you have to pay to place the ad or sometimes it’s free and people pay a few dollars to respond.

The hook

As opposed to the Internet, where it takes only a couple of minutes to register, people generally spend their time composing personal ads. A compelling ad can attract a number of interesting prospects. Two regulars in the forums admit they met their husbands by responding to ads that intrigued them.

The snags

Again, good judgment and a filter system should be in full effect.

  • Intro
  • Internet dating
  • Dating services
  • Sports clubs
  • Bars + clubs

  • One night, nine dates
  • Romancing the stove
  • Movies for two
  • Love for sale
  • Recipes for love

  • Tone the body parts you want to love

  • Swap dating stories
in our Passions forum.

  • Talk dirty with sex expert Sue McGarvie: Feb. 11, noon to 1 p.m. ET
• Talk relationships with expert Josie Vogels: Feb 12, noon to 1 p.m. ET

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