If you’re anything like Brad and I, you and your spouse are trying to live abundantly on less, without shortchanging your relationship with one another. We all know that dating one’s spouse is healthy for any marriage, but it’s difficult to find the money for dinners, movies, and babysitters on a tight budget. So here are some ideas for a cheap date with your spouse:
- Babysitting: Brad and I do most of our “dating” at home after the kids have gone to bed (around 8pm). We have also arranged babysitting trades with other parents, or relied on doting grandparents for free babysitting. Some churches also offer “Parents Night Out” babysitting for a small donation.
- Movies: With the advent of Redbox, the cost of renting a movie has dropped significantly. In comparison to the rising price of movie tickets, you’re far better off just staying at home. Popping your own popcorn and preparing your own drinks is also far more affordable at home.
- Dinner: Even if you’re not a gourmet chef, you can still have a special meal with your spouse. Get out your best dishes, cloth napkins, silverware, wine glasses, and candles for a nice romantic meal for two. Or arrange to have a glass of wine by the fireplace. Remember, it’s all about presentation. Even grilled cheese looks great by candlelight.
- Exchange Favors: Offer to exchange back rubs with your spouse, or something else special. I love when Brad rubs my feet as we watch a movie, and I know he loves when I massage his achey feet and legs after he runs. You can also surprise your spouse by doing one of their chores for them, or helping them with something important to them.
- Think Outside the Box: Going for a walk with your spouse costs nothing, and is a great way to talk to your spouse away from distractions. You could also try playing a two-person game, reading a book together, learning a new skill together, or working on a project together.
The list above isn’t meant to be exhaustive. What are some cheap date ideas you and your spouse enjoy?
(Keep them G-rated, please!)