It’s love month!! Which means Valentine’s Day (and my birthday) are right around the corner.
As someone who has kids, I find it incredibly hard to get out and go on a date with the hubby. Also, as someone with kids, one that is still in diapers and daycare, the date night budget is tight. Instead of completely forgoing spending time just the two of us due to budget constraints, I am always looking for activities that won’t break the bank.
Here are 5 inexpensive dates you can have with your significant other tonight!
1. Netflix and chill
The number one way to save on date night. Who doesn’t have Netflix or at least have someone’s account that they use? Put the kids to bed, pick out a movie you both can tolerate and grab some popcorn. Snuggle up on the couch and you have yourself a super cheap date night.
Another thing, put your phones away. I know the urge to scroll Facebook is strong but constantly being on your phone takes attention away from your partner. Put it away. I can guarantee you, you will survive an hour or two without it.
2. Check out local breweries
There has been an explosion of local breweries in my area which creates a great opportunity for an inexpensive date. Beers are usually cheaper then a restaurant or bar and you can do a tasting flight to try different kinds.
Another great thing about local breweries is that they hold a lot of events, which are usually free. Aaron and myself went to an event in the fall at one of our favorite breweries in our area which happened to be a fundraiser for LifeFlight of Maine. They had music, food trucks and beer of course and we had a good time and didn’t spend a fortune!
3. Sunset drive
Pack a picnic and take an afternoon drive to watch the sunset at your favorite spot. Easy things to pack: cheese and crackers, fruit, sandwiches, chips and wine of course. Sit and eat and watch the sunset together.
Or if your not a sunset type of gal make a day date and take a hike with your picnic. Spending time together doesn’t have to always include pricey dinners.
4. Take a class together
I love checking out the local adult education classes because not only are the classes inexpensive but they are fun! Take a fun class together as a couple: salsa dancing, learning to paint or even a cooking class. You’ll spend quality time together while learning a new skill!
5. Cook dinner together
Usually the weeknight meal prep and cooking is a rush. Slow down and cook a meal together. Find a recipe you like on Pinterest or grab one of those meal kit boxes such as Everyplate which includes all the ingredients and the recipe (bonus: no grocery shopping involved).
Then once the meal is cooked sit down and enjoy it together without the distraction of children screaming, throwing food or complaining that they don’t like what you cooked.
Spending time together doesn’t have to be expensive. These handful of suggestions are really only a starting point, there are so many other inexpensive ways to spend time with your significant other.
Instead of worrying about spending a lot of money this month on together time, invest in the quality of time spent together!