In my last post, I talked about the importance of regularly scheduling quality time with your spouse. No, we don’t always follow the formula. We really want to, but unfortunately it can’t always happen. But one of the excuses I never want to believe is thinking we don’t have enough money to make it work that often. Here are ideas and resources for making a weekly date night affordable (or free!). Also check out the Dates page on Real Married Life for other ideas.
Money Saving Ideas
- Kid Swap: Take turns babysitting with friends, switching all of the kids back and forth.
- Picnics: Bring along dinner, and make the fun part the location and company.
- Dessert only: Have dinner at home, then go out for dessert and coffee. Smaller bill for the restaurant and babysitter.
- Redbox coupon codes: Free movie! Codes work one time per email address.
- Movie Theater: Matinee or discount night at your movie theater. Ours does $5 Tuesday movies.
- Stay-at-home dates: Stay in and check out 5 Tips to Make Date Night at Home a Success from the Dating Divas.
Dating Divas: This blog has hundreds of date and marriage ideas with lots of printables. Here are my favorite (almost free) date ideas from them:
Friday We’re In Love: This young couple made a goal when they got married to have a date night every week, and now they share their ideas they’ve had along the way.
Deal Sites: Check out places like Groupon, Living Social, and Amazon Local. Restaurant offer deals around 50% off or better. Just read the fine print for expiration dates, dine-in/take-out restrictions, and plan to use the full amount in one purchase. We love using Groupon to make our restaurant budget go further.
12 Months of Dates
I always keep a running list of date ideas. Then I’ll spend a few hours fixing a year’s worth of envelopes with something planned for each month. I try to blend traditional, stay-at-home, and free date nights to keep the cost down. Use envelopes like here, or a box with file folders here. To take strain off the monthly budget, you can make this a Christmas or birthday present. Make the envelopes pre-paid dates already stocked with cash and gift cards. A single afternoon of planning creates relief for the rest of the year and gives us something to look forward to every month.
Have fun dating affordably!
Check out Part Three for resources for day and weekend getaways.
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