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Last weekend for the $20 Date Night Challenge! How are things going?
I'm loving having some more time together. Even with the craziness of this month, we've worked hard to make sure we chilled as a couple.
This weekend we're mixing things up. Tonight I'm going out for ladies night with a few buddies to unwind while the guys watch the kids. Next week, we'll switch it so they can have a night out.
More Love, Less Money
One of my favorite sites to follow is Frugalwoods. If you've listened to the podcast, you'll remember that Liz and her husband Nate were able to retire in their 30s to their dream homestead by shifting their priorities and focus.
Liz usually has some fantastic posts on how you can simplify finances and lives and still have fun.
Recently they crowd-sourced date ideas as well as shared a few of their personal favorites.
And while the focus was Valentine's Day, the ideas and sentiment are true every day of the year – you two can have a great time together with spending a ton of money.
Some of the most romantic ideas rely more on creativity than what's in your wallet. Loved many of them, but a few that stood out to me were:
- CL was surprising husband by taking him to a new food truck, hiking at a nearby park, and giving a handwritten love note.
- Jamie had a sweet plan for the evening – making chocolate covered strawberries at home with the kids. Sometimes family dates can be the perfect evening.
- Rhiannon went a unique idea of creating a crossword puzzle for her husband. If you want to try this out, I found this site that can help you create a crossword puzzle for free!
I enjoyed seeing the really interesting dates people came up with. You can read the rest of the thoughtful ideas here.
Fun and Frugal Dates
If you're looking for some more inspiration, here are some ideas to try:
- Bike around the city: You two can discover the nooks and crannies of your town with a bike tour.
- Train for a 5k: We’ve done this and it made the weeks fly by.
- Take dance classes: Save money by renting a DVD from the library so you can practice at home anytime you want.
- Poetry: Write and share a poem you’ve created for your spouse.
- Plan a trip together: Even before you reserve the tickets, take time to plan out your next trip. Spend a day virtually exploring a city and come up with some places you’d love to visit in person.
- Create a vision board: Looking to explore your options? Make a vision board for your future and see what the two of you come up with.
- Learn a new skill: Are you both into painting or photography? Sign up for a class at your local library or go online and pick up a skill together.
Thoughts on Date Nights
Even though the challenge is wrapping up, I hope you continue making time for another!
I’d love to hear from you. What are your date night plans this weekend?