Sunday, January 3, 2016

Date night on a budget

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As a mom it's not very often my husband and I get to go out on a date. After paying a babysitter to watch 3 very active boys, we can't really afford to go out to dinner and a movie. Over the years we've gotten creative and learned how to be frugal or content with at home date nights. Here are a few tips to date night on a budget...... 
  • Groupon
  • Have a friend watch your kids. Offer to watch their kids as a form of payment.
  • Groupon- You can get all kinds of deals on Groupon.
  • Coupons- Some restaurants have coupons or specials on certain nights.
  • Picnic- Go to a park before it gets dark, have a picnic on a spread out blanket, watch the sunset together. 
  • Star gazing- The most romantic date I'll never forget is when my husband and I were still newlyweds, we were broke and driving around just to get out of the house. We lived in Texas at the time, near the desert. We drove about 15 miles or so outside of the city so we could get away from the city lights. My husband pulls the car over in the middle of nowhere desert, he literally parks in the sand. He grabs a blanket and lays it across the hood of the engine. He has me close my eyes and climb on top of the car, lay down on the blanket and lay back. When he told me to open my eyes I was shocked and literally had my breath taken away. STARS like I have never seen before. EVERYWHERE I looked were stars.
     
It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen! As many wonderful dates that we've had, I don't know if he will ever be able to top it. It's not about the money, or how fancy of a place you go to. It's about being with the one you love and sharing what you love. Those are the memories that last forever!
  • If you go to a movie, go during matinee hours. It's so much cheaper.
  • Watch a movie in the park for FREE. Some parks will play movies for free once a week. Check your local listings for dates and times. 
I would love to hear about any ideas you have for a budget friendly date night. Please leave a comment below.
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