But at least with singles bars and personal ads you're not spending much money.Dating agencies aren't cheap - a couple of hundred pounds is a lot of money to me - and I've joined three so far.I paid about pounds 150 to join Dateline and it's the best thing I ever did.I'm so happy with Colin - he's so good, so loving, so considerate, there's nothing about him I don't adore. I drew up a list once of my criteria for the perfect man, and my friend crowed with laughter, saying "Susie, men like that don't exist". I'm madly in love and always will be, and it's thanks to Dateline. For example, I met one perfectly nice bloke - very clever, polite, and friendly.We weren't right for each other but we said we'd keep in touch and we had a fun time.Previously I had tried alternatives to dating agencies.I called someone from a lonely hearts column once, and it was a disaster.
I remember Valentine's Day when I was 37: I'd just moved into a new house, bought brand new furniture, and should have felt happy. I called him on the Monday, met him on the Friday, and two weeks later we were engaged! But even if I hadn't met Colin, a dating agency would have been well worth the money for me.When I met another date, I thought I'd been set up by Jeremy Beadle.He was about 23 stone, bright red in the face and he absolutely reeked, he whistled when he talked. After 15 minutes I pretended my children were ill and left.He said he was telling me because he knew he could trust me.It was very frightening and I felt incredibly disillusioned.