Date nights have often baffled me. With 4 young children and one income time out of the house often takes a back seat. How do all the experts who recommend date nights do it on a budget? Adding up the cost of a sitter ($10/hour), a movie ($30) and dinner out ($50) date nights are expensive, and not within reach of the average one income family. Along with the cost, it takes a ton of planning. It seems virtually impossible to get out the door without planning for several days or weeks ahead of time, and sometimes all that planning goes down the drain when the sitter cancels, or one of the kids get sick.
However, we can be thrifty and have a date night. My husband and I stay in and have a date night at least once a week.It doesn’t have to be planned, we just make time when we can. As partners we need to connect, to be reminded of why we’re together, and to stay connected to each other so we can work together as a team (so important when the kids outnumber the parents!). The dishes, the toys strewn on the floor, and the folding of laundry can all wait. After all it’s likely the chore list will be just the same tomorrow, so ignoring it for a few hours won’t hurt.
Here’s a list of 10 ideas I hope to use in the next few weeks. I’d love if you’d share your ideas in the comments, we’re always looking for fun things to do together at home.
10 Frugal Date At Home Ideas
- Rent a movie
- Make a special dessert to share
- Star gazing
- Bonfire in the backyard with s’mores
- Dinner by candlelight with the fancy dishes in the dining room
- Record a favorite show and watch it together (if you have different tastes, take turns)
- Play a board game
- Play video games
- Work on a DIY project together
- Turn off the tv, cell phones, and other distractions and just talk
What are your favorite cheap date night ideas?