Dating is haram
And aside from that, how about learning the Islamic basics of marriage, the rights of the spouse and readying yourself to making a lifetime commitment?
Some time would definitely have to be invested on your spiritual education which should be a higher priority than your financial and career development.
God instructs all of us eligible bachelors and bachelorettes to maintain our chastity until marriage (Quran Verses 5:5, 23:5-7, -31, -31).
Chastity is defined Quranically in 23:6 as avoiding sexual relations.
And since you're so caught up in the euphoria of "being in love", you can't hear the weak calls from your soul.
I am pretty sure that no matter how strong you think you are, this soul drain is bound to happen when you invite the process of premarital dating to your life.
Believe me, I have spent many nights racking my brain trying to figure this one out for myself back in my teenage years.
The real challenge to your faith starts when the attention shifts away from the needs of your soul to the needs of your body and drains your efforts to increase your remembrance of God.For one thing, there are verses in the Qur’an which regard this type of interaction as much more serious than we would like to think.All the mushy stuff--unfortunately for those unattached--should only be reserved for husband and wife.According to the Qur’an, however, sexual relations include any intimate physical contact. How can we justify holding someone's hand romantically or kissing them when God asks us to be extra careful by subduing our eyes/lowering our gaze (-31) and even avoid meeting secretly unless we have something clean/righteous to discuss (5).The classic argument to support physical relations is claiming that the person is "rightfully yours." You convince yourself that the person you are dating, which happens to be a fellow Muslim or a potential convert, will be your future spouse which is exactly what I had done when I first had a serious relationship going with my wife of 3 years.
Search for dating is haram:
By that time, the "rightfully yours" dream date may be out of your life and you realize your useful excuse provided temporary pleasure at a great expense to your soul.