Craigslist, ClassfiedAds.com and Backpage.com all print personal ads that are free to view. Craigslist has an entire website section devoted to personal ads that anyone can read and respond to free of charge. Choose a city near you from the right hand column of the website, and navigate to the personals section to view the listings in your area. Choose from several different categories to choose from, and filter the results to find people who match your criteria.
ClassifiedAds.com is a similar free resource to view personal ads by city, with a few different categories in the personals section. You cannot filter the results to navigate through the many pages of potential matches, but you can search keywords if you have specific interests in mind.
At Backpage.com, you can view ads from a selection of different cities. Personal ads are posted in the dating section, and you can search keywords within the different categories. The default displays the ads in order from newest to oldest, but you can select Gallery to view the ads by their photos, making it much easier to find someone of interest.
These classified ad websites also allow you to post your own personal ads free of charge.