I love going on dates, but now with the extra responsibility of bills and savings, some weeks going out on a date is just not realistic. I used to think going out on dates meant doing something crazy, but now I have learned the simplicity of dates. Going out on a date as a married couple sometimes seems like a waste, but it is actually so important.
We can get into a routine and lose focus on our relationship. We live together and spend a lot of time together, but those are intentional moments. Watching Grey’s anatomy every Friday night with pizza is NOT a date night. We try to go on a date at least every other week if not once every week. It can be easy to just get lost in the day to day and lose those special moments.
Going on a date doesn’t need to cost tons of money. I put together some date ideas that either don’t cost any money or cost a small amount of money.
- We got Movie Pass, where you pay $10 a month and can go see one movie a day for that flat rate. We can go out to the movies without paying $30 just for tickets and we’re saving money long term even if we just go to ONE movie a month. Sometimes we just go spontaneously and sometimes we will go to a movie and get ice cream or something afterward.
- Try a new recipe for dinner together. This one Jeremy and I haven’t done because I am too much of a control freak, but he will hang out in the kitchen with me and chat with me while I cook. The point is to spend intentional time together without the distractions of phones or TV.
- Go bike riding or take a walk together. We just got me a bike and have gone on bike riding dates and its so much fun! We pack a blanket and snacks in my basket to take a break midway.
- Try a new place and grab a coffee or a desert. Going somewhere new, but not getting a full meal will allow you to go out on a date without spending a fortune.
- Don’t get takeout. Go out and eat and use that as a time to separate yourself from your home and get a new environment. Jeremy and I try to not eat out unless we are actually eating out even if it’s just Chipotle. If you’re spending the money then make the most out of it.
- Go to free events and carnivals in your community. We live near Tomball and they ALWAYS have tons of festival and events that we can just go and walk around.