Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Date Night on a Dime

A few weeks ago, Justin and I had a date night.  Since we are in the process of building our next home, we are watching our budget a bit.  We thought about seeing a movie, but I don't like watching movies on date night. Part of the point of going on a date is to reconnect.  We can't exactly do that while staring at a screen.  Plus, going to dinner and a movie can be end up being a $100 night.  So, I came up with a budget friendly, keep you guessing, reconnecting kind of "game" for our night.

I filled an envelope with these ideas...

And one by one we pulled them out, read them aloud, and did what was on the card.  We pulled the first one out after a yummy meal at one of our favorite restaurants.  Dinner was the most expensive part of the night, but we chose a budget friendly place for our meal, so it didn't break the bank.   The majority of the activities we did were free, and if not free, minimally priced.

Ready to find out what we did?

This was our first card.  Justin knew exactly what he wanted to do for this one.

We went to Dunkin' Donuts, purchased a dozen doughnuts, and then handed the box, paid for, to a group of boys in the restaurant.  They didn't know what had hit them!

Next, we kissed under a lamppost.  
Isn't he cute when he's concentrating on kissing me while taking a selfie?  We felt it was important to document our progress as we worked through our list.

We chose a $10 gift for each other at Target.

Braves colors for me (Jonah's baseball team is the Braves) and...

A movie for Justin.


We had cake pops at Starbucks.  While there, we made voice recordings for our boys, telling them how proud of them we are.

One of the cards said to take a selfie that would make our children laugh and send it to our babysitter to show them.  Instead of taking a selfie, we went one step further and made a video where we pretended to be the Dude Perfect guys.  I'd show you that one, but you may question our sanity.  I will say we made them laugh (and they definitely questioned our sanity!)

Finally, we drove to our lot and prayed over the site of our future home.

We had a blast, definitely reconnected, and didn't break the bank.  Looking back, I can think of even more ways we could have saved.

  • pack a picnic dinner and eat in a park
  • visit the Dollar Store for a gag gift instead of Target
  • hit up Harris Teeter for their free cookies (just kidding) 
The point is, date night doesn't have to be fancy or expensive.  The goal of the evening is to spend time together.  Giving to others, praying together, and being silly are awesome ways to reconnect with your better half.  We have learned that we enjoy ourselves and life more when we are not worried about how we are going to pay for something.  That's why I like Personal Capital's Financial Tools that can be accessed right from your smartphone.  You'll never have to worry about whether you have the money to pay for something when you can check your budget with the touch of a screen.  Anytime you have a question about your financial health, you can count on experts to point you in the right direction and reassure you.  You can find out more on Personal Capital's Wealth Management page.

And since we are talking date night, have you heard of the The Dating Divas?  Head on over to their page for more inspiration for date night.  They have great tips for "dating" your husband.  I especially love their #1 way to keep the romance alive after kids...

1.  Make Date Night a Priority– You had to see this one coming.  I mean, we are The DatingDivas – it’s the whole reason why we started this blog.  The truth is – dating each other is what made you fall in love in the first place.  So it makes sense that you should keep dating to stay in love.  If you don’t want the fire to die out – you gotta keep blowing on the flames.  Right?  It doesn’t have to be an elaborate, over-the-top date. Even if it’s just talking & laughing over a shared sandwich or candy bar…. in whispered tones so the baby stays asleep!  Just set aside time each week for just the two of you to reconnect.  {Family nights are great, but they don’t count as date night!}  You need time to be husband and wife instead of mom and dad.
I think most of us know we should be making time for date night regularly, but the reality is that it isn’t always happening.  We get it – it’s hard!  Especially if you have little ones at home.  But if you’re honest with yourself you’ll admit that if it’s important- you’ll find a way.  If it’s not – you’ll find an excuse.  Remember, you always have time for the things you put first!  If you’re struggling with this one – you need to stop right now and go read “Great Ideas for Making Date Night Happen.”  It’s full of practical solutions for overcoming all of your date night challenges.  And if you’re a new parent looking to rekindle the romance, make sure to check out our New Parents Cozy Date Night!  It has everything you need for a romantic, at-home date with your sweetheart.  So, no more excuses!
Are you ready to plan your budget friendly date night?  I can't wait to hear what you come up with!

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