HI! This post from the archives ran last year around Valentines Day. Although dating our spouse should be a high priority all year round, it’s especially relevant during everyone’s favorite (or least favorite!) romantic holiday. > > >
Those of us in the early stages of raising kiddos might not have the extra money or energy to hit the movies each weekend, but you can still make some amazing memories right in your own home. Caveman and I enjoy “home dates” a couple times each week. Here are our top three budget-friendly date habits.
Make a bet
We love playing games, as I’ve mentioned before. We used to play Scrabble all the time until Caveman decided that I always win and stopped challenging. The Castle is our current favorite game. It’s lots of fun!! To raise the stakes and make playing more exciting, we like to bet on who will win. Usually the contests go like this: winner picks the TV show we watch afterwards, or loser gives a 20 minute back massage. A simple contest gives a normal activity a little extra punch. Throw some wine and chocolate on the table and it’s a party.
Read a book
Together, that is. Find a novel that interests both of you. Cuddle in bed or on the couch, and read it aloud or silently together. For awhile a shared book became our nighttime ritual; we loved it. The break from a movie or show before bed was so welcome, and we had a blast laughing and discussing literature together. (Note that I use the term “literature” very loosely, as you’ll soon see.) Not sure which book to start with? We recommend Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the absolute finest that “literature” has to offer. No, seriously. It’s hilarious. It’s light. It’s quick. We ate it up. It’s a fast read because I think the writing is fourth grade level, so limit yourselves to a chapter a night. If you can’t decide on a book together, take turns choosing. I made Caveman read sappy Christian romances with me and he chose Ender’s Game. I’d say we’re both better for it.
Do a project
Once upon a time when we were still dating, we decided to decorate flower pots. I don’t remember whose idea it was, but we bought some $8 plain flower pots and $4 paint and spent an afternoon letting our creativity flow. Now, our date projects sometimes take on the form of giving each other Henna tattoos…. but that’s all I’ll say on THAT topic.
No matter the calendar date, dating your significant other should always be one of your highest priorities—but you don’t need to empty your wallet to have a great time.
What are some of YOUR favorite budget-friendly dates to do with your spouse? Comment below and share them with us!