After sixteen years, I think we’re masters of the cheap date night. Before we married, our dates weren’t so cheap, but after, well, let’s just say we had to learn to be in love without money.
The other night my husband looked at me and said, “You wanna go out junking with me?”
My son quipped, “Cheap Date?”
“Yes.” to both questions.
Date night is really about connecting without interruption, communicating without competition for time or focus, and having some fun. Right?
Date night doesn’t mean spending a million bucks.
Jump Start your Date Night Creativity
Barnes & Nobles: You can spend a few bucks at the B&N Starbucks Cafe or not. Find a quiet corner to sit and chat or read or browse through your favorite magazines together.
Dessert: Eat dinner at home and go out for dessert. An ice-cream cone costs way less than dinner.
Picnic Lunch: Now, this may or may not work, depending on your schedules. If you live/work in close proximity, meet up for a picnic lunch. You can throw something together the night before. It doesn’t have to be fancy. PB&J works just fine.
Take a Walk: There’s something about fresh air and physical exercise that clears the cobwebs and allows you to connect.
Watch a Movie: At home. The library usually has a wide selection of B movies for free. At least you can laugh about the lousy movie afterwards.
Dine In: Now, this is tricky. It’s called Romance on A Budget and I’ve already talked about what could happen. Dine in at your own risk.
Swap Sitters: Swap babysitting with friends or neighbors, so each couple can enjoy a night of peace at home, free of charge.
Play Sports: If you’re athletic, take a run together or play tennis. Go for a bike ride.
Here are some more cheap Date night ideas:
- Art Gallery
- Concert in The Park
- Play a Game
- What a Sunset (rise?)
- Pick Berries
- Go on a Hike
- Host a Potluck – Invite a few other couples to your house.
- Iceskate on a frozen Lake or Go Sledding (sliding as they say in Maine)
- Flea Market or Farmer’s Market
What inexpensive things do you and your better half enjoy doing for date night?
Share with us in the comments.
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