Whether you are married or dating, there are a ton of ways to be a cheap date without always staying home. Come on people, we have to put in a little more effort than that, am I right? Yeah, maybe we live in the days of Netflix and chill but I’m also a firm believer in trying a little harder to keep a relationship alive. Yes, sometimes an at-home date night is a good idea. Other times, you have got o get the heck outta that house! Here are some practical tips anyone can use to save money on a night out.
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Set a budget
There is nothing wrong with setting a budget for a date night (or weekend away). Sure, budgeting isn’t the sexiest topic around but it can set boundaries and guidelines for where you can go, what you can do, and helps both partners be on the same page.
Learning how to talk to a partner or spouse about your budget is one of the healthiest things you can do for a relationship.
Tom and I actually set a budget and had fun with it while we were on a weekend getaway to Nashville. See how we did with $100 a day!
If date nights are not a part of your spending plan, I highly suggest you start including them! When it comes to bigger expenses, like weekends away, my biggest recommendation is to set up automatic savings just like you would for Sinking Funds.
Maybe you can’t take that amazing trip to Paris, or even enjoy that super fancy restaurant you have been wanting to try. Keep saving and find something more affordable for right now.
Making a habit out of spending time together should be top priority and flexibility will allow you to do that more often!
Once you have a budget set, start looking for ideas that are fun and different that you can both agree on.
So often we work toward perfection that we never actually take action and we never achieve perfection either. Keep flexibility in your life and date nights so that you don’t find yourself stuck with no imperfect places to go.
Get inspired by discounts
Ok, so you’ve got a date night budget in mind. Maybe you have some ideas on how to spend that money or maybe you could use a little inspiration.
Why not let discounts BE that inspiration! When we start itching for something new and different on a budget, there are a few places I check first for inspiration.
Both of these websites/apps offer fun, affordable things to do in your area (or other places).
It’s actually kind of fun to see some of the interesting things around you that you maybe didn’t even know where there! Like painting classes, wineries, new restaurants, mystery dinner theater, or comedy shows.
Be flexible and browse ideas based on the discounts they offer! Even if it’s a total bust, you’ll have a fun story to share together.
Never underestimate free fun
Remember back in high school when you would do anything to be with the guy/girl you were crushing on? You could sit in an empty park on a swing and have the time of your life.
You could sit in your parents basement watching scary movies and it gave you butterflies the entire time.
These are for the most part free and yet when we grow up we forget about how magical they can be.
- Coffee shop (ok, so it doesn’ cost much)
- Beach day
- Cook dinner together
- Walk local trails
- Exchange messages
- IKEA (yes, you can just walk around IKEA. Try it sometime.)
- Barnes and Noble (Take 30 minutes to read one another’s favorite books. Discuss.)
If all else fails, stay in.
I get it, sometimes night outs are tough, especially when you have kids. So, even if you have a date night budget burning a hole in your pocket, you can still have an amazing time at home together! (Beyond Netflix and chill!)
Here are a few fool-proof ideas to try:
Make a gourmet dinner at home – Gobble is an amazing company that sends delicious, pre-prepped meals right to your door! You could spend a few minutes together sipping wine, making dinner, and learning how to cook together! Try Gobble!
Paint a room together – Why not work together to improve your home (if you share one).
Try a YouTube tutorial – This could literally be anything! Painting, DIY crafts, massage techniques! Take advantage of the free stuff on the internet that can teach you both a skill together!
Get take out – Of course! Get food from your favorite places brought right to you with UberEATS or DoorDash — Click here to get $5 off your first 3 orders!
No matter what, just relax and have fun with one another! Working to keep a spark alive can be tough as the years go by. It’s worth it!