If there is one thing that every married couple should know, it is that you have to continue dating to keep the love and romance alive. When we first get together and feel that rush of butterflies at just the sight of that guy or gal, we look forward to date night. We cannot wait to get off of work or free up a moment in our schedule to see them, be near them, and spend time doing something together. After the wedding we often settle into a routine, we live together, eat together and share the same bedroom but sometimes we let that whole “date night” concept escape us.
Our lack of effort in dating can be due to a lack of time, a lack of funds (let’s face it newlyweds can be short on cash) or a perceived lack of need (hey we spend plenty of time together already). Let me tell you, dating your spouse needs to be paramount in keeping the love alive and should be done often, whether funds are tight or not.
Okay, so you buy into my idea, you really want to date your spouse, but your paychecks are currently eaten up by life’s expenses. Not a problem, you just need to be a bit more creative and intentional about date night. Here are some budget-friendly date night ideas:
Date night ideas that are easy on your wallet
Fancy Cheese & Crackers
Have you ever been to a party where the hostess has a spread of exotic cheeses and delectable crackers? I am not a drinker but often these same hostesses serve a bottle of wine and the party is on. A few years ago I went to just such a party and found a few kinds of cheese I really liked, okay craved. Hubby and I decided to try some others and make it a date night of trying new things. Pick up some Brie and top it with a fruit spread, some goat cheese, and water crackers. The key is to arrange your platter so it looks inviting and exciting. Sit down with your partner and taste test away while chatting about the fine intricacies of flavor.
SUPER BUDGET TIP…Aldi carries an excellent array of gourmet cheeses, they are barely a fraction of the price of your standard grocery and allow you to put out an impressive spread for under $20.
A nice dinner out for 2 can easily top $50 at an upscale restaurant, however, the same ambiance can be had by eating at home first and then heading out to that same upscale restaurant for just dessert. The dessert is the best thing anyway, right? If you are really tight on cash, simply split that $9 confection and you are out less than $12 with a nice tip for time out with your spouse. You still enjoy heading out and can chat about your day over a lovely treat.
Love to Read?
Everyone knows that a couple who can sip lattes and read together is a happy pair. Okay maybe I made that up but this is a great idea for the coffee lovers out there who just happen to also love their books. A date night to a bookstore (Barnes & Noble anyone?) Simply shell out the cash for a rich cup o’ Joe and browse together. I have done this one and while we were on such a budget we shared the cup of coffee. It was a great wintertime activity that got us out together and was something we both enjoyed.
A walking game
Take a walk and have a chat, not just any chat, sometimes after a bit of marriage, we can settle into such a comfortable silence with one and other that we forget to have meaningful conversations. Enter in a game that is free, easy, and after 18 years of marriage, my spouse and I still play. I call it, “Tell me something I don’t know about you.” It is very easy in the beginning, it doesn’t have to be deep sage wisdom. Something as simple as…”My favorite recess game was____.” will work. The object is to promote thinking and chatting. It isn’t easy after years of marriage and requires more brain power, but it can still be done.
This is a bit of a mindfully involved and creative project. If you are a homeowner, or one day hope to be, create your dream space (kitchen, bathroom, landscaping, etc.) Write down all the things you would need to either replace or remodel to make the dream space happen. Once you have it all down, head to your local home depot, Lowes or Menards with a pen and paper in hand. Sketch it out, plan it out, and budget it out. This can be a fun dream project or something that you stick into a binder for future reference. It is time spent together, dreaming about the future that counts.
Well then, what are you waiting for? Pick one of these, or another date night idea and head out to date that gal or guy of yours. Have fun and be intentional about it…hey see if you can even recreate a butterfly or two!
Do you have any budget-friendly date night ideas to add to the list?