Budget Friendly Weekly Date Night Ideas?
Do you have a weekly date night with your spouse? How do you do this and keep within your budget?
If you have kids, how do you set this up? Do you pay for a babysitter? If they are tweens or a teenager, do you leave them in the home by themselves while you two go out?
If you are a father, do you have a date night with your daughter too?
I am looking for budget-friendly ideas on how to do this consistently on a weekly basis and not have my wife be concerned about finances. while drawing us closer together.
We have a weekly date night and our budget is typically $20. We almost always eat. If we do a more expensive meal, the next week we go cheap. What we have been doing lately is finding unique restaurants in other areas to try out and experience. We go for drives. We park on a hill and watch the sunset and talk. We find ways to get free or cheap frozen custard. We do stay-at-home dates, lock ourselves in our bedroom eat, watch a movie, give massages, have sex, etc. We go to a park with a scenery and walk hand in hand talking. Go window shopping. If you like coffee, go get a drink and take a deck of cards. Actually, if we have no kids, we call it a date 🙂
Once our kids got old enough, we let them stay home by themselves. During our dates we would let them do something that is a treat for them that they don’t usually get to do (rent a movie, play video games). When they were younger, we did not have weekly date nights because I trusted very few with my kids, so it was a special night to have them go over to the an older lady we trusted from church
When our kids were younger, we did dates with them. Because we had 4 kids and we alternated which parent it was with, so that we each got some one on one time with each, each kid got a “date” once a month, and one month it was with mom, the next it was with dad. We did cheap things like go get something off of a dollar menu, or just go get ice cream or a drink.
I can’t contribute much to this topic. We are empty-nesters now except for 3 or 4 long weekends a year and a week during the summer break when our grandkids are visiting… so we have “date nights” almost every night. I retired 3 months ago and was a little concerned that we might suffer from “too much of a good thing” (togetherness) but that hasn’t been the case. We live in the same town as my 87 y/o mother who is in the early stages of dementia and our “eating out” routine for the last 5 years has been to take her and her husband (her primary caregiver) out to eat weekly to get her out of the house and give him a much-needed and deserved break they couldn’t otherwise afford on their limited income. Only the Lord knows how much longer we will have her with us but it is clear that her health is deteriorating pretty fast now. We take advantage of “early-bird specials” at restaurants for seniors plus I enjoy cooking (grilling especially) so I’ve taken maybe 1/3 of the cooking duty from DW which is a plus for both of us.
Since my retirement, we’ve taken 2 nice trips (one across the country and the other across the state) and we have a month-long “bucket list” trip to Europe (our 1st) coming up this fall for which we are enjoying making plans.
Looking back 20-25 years ago, our “date night” routine (average of 2 times a month) was that I would meet DW for a matinee on Friday afternoon, followed by supper at a mid-priced restaurant (not fast-food but a sit-down place like Olive Garden or Outback) and we’d usually be home by 7:00 or 7:30… doesn’t sound real exciting but it was a great time to catch up and be “just us” again. My warm memories of those Friday get-aways attest to the fact that they helped us re-connect and save our marriage during some very stressful family times, usually arising from our youngest son’s poor choices.
Do you have a weekly date night with your spouse? Yes
How do you do this and keep within your budget? We budget about $20 per week for a date. We tend to use a lot of BOGO coupons for dinner to help us stay within that budget. We usually do just dinner and sometimes dinner and a movie on discount night or at the discount theater.
If you have kids, how do you set this up? Do you pay for a babysitter? We pay our two oldest teenagers to babysit. The babysitting money is a separate budget category.
If they are tweens or a teenager, do you leave them in the home by themselves while you two go out? They are watching the younger ones.
If you are a father, do you have a date night with your daughter too? Kind of. My wife and I rotate having one-on-one dates with all of our children.
We never had to pay a babysitter, with 2 sets of grandparents in town. Our one daughter is the only grandchild on my side of the family, so my mom was always eager to have her over.
I know some couples at church that take turns watching the kids for each other while the parents go out. Each set of parents gets their own night out without the worries of paying a babysitter, and the kids of the host couple get a playdate.