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Date Night on a Tight Budget

by Sarah Lyons on Mar 3rd, 2017

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Pack a picnic

A picnic at a local park is both romantic and budget friendly. You can easily stick to your budget when you use items from your own pantry in your picnic or stop to get something affordable on the way. You can also look for free or affordable local events like concerts or other festivals where you could bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the free entertainment as well.

 

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Dinner in

Who says you have to go out to have a date night? Put the kids to bed early and cook a meal together. Enjoy some quiet time or a romantic movie in the comfort of your own home. If your kids aren’t big on early bedtime, plan dessert for after the kids’ normal bedtime.

Get active

If you and your partner enjoy being active, make it a date. Going on a walk, hiking the local trails, or going on a bike ride are all fun and free activities to enjoy with your partner. Some other active and affordable date ideas could be ice skating, bowling, or laser tag. Sometimes feeling like a kid again can make you forget about the kids, for just a little while.

Check out the local attractions

Check the local listings for free or affordable outings or day trips. Most cities have a Facebook page, which often list fun events around town. Ideas could include visiting a local museum, zoo, or exhibit. Minor league sports games are also a fun and affordable idea. Community theater or high school theater is a great way to see a play without having to pay the high prices. Some couples may also enjoy relaxing at the local beach or swimming pool without the kids.

There are many ways couples can enjoy a date night without having to blow the budget. Get creative and make date night a priority to keep your marriage happy and healthy.

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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