Best Budget-Friendly Dates
by Hannah Keeley
Years ago, my husband and I made a decision to go out once a week. This is one area where we had been horribly neglectful. Our marriage is great and we have an awesome time together, but we had never made a big effort of securing time alone together. It’s understandable, however, because we have always had little children who needed us. Also, we have always been too cheap to hire babysitters. Now my kids are much older and we have access to free babysitting but it wasn’t always that way.
All of that changed on the day when we decided…
…to go out one night for just a couple of hours. After all, our big kids were now old enough to babysit the littles. After dinner, we gave the kids their responsibilities and then headed off to The Cracker Barrel for some dessert and coffee. We had so much fun that we decided it was going to be a weekly event!
It’s been years and years now and we’re in it to win it!
It’s important for every married couple to spend time together for soooo many reasons. First, you need that time to enjoy each other and build your relationship. And second, it’s important to set a role model for your children and teach them by example how a husband and wife are meant to cherish each other. It’s time to make a decision right now that your marriage is a top priority and then take some action. You don’t have to whisk each other away to Rio for the weekend, but you do have to schedule some time to be together–ALONE!
If your budget is a problem, I totally understand. I’ve got some great ideas for you!
1. Dessert Date: This is our favorite. Instead of spending a bunch of money on a fancy dinner, just have dinner with the family and head out later for dessert. Last time we did this, the total bill was under $10, and that included the coffee!
2. Coffee Talk: This is another awesome idea. Just go out for coffee and some good, old-fashioned conversation. It can be super cheap just as long as you don’t go all out and order the fanciest coffee on the menu (oh, what the heck…go ahead and do it!).
3. Toy Time: Skip the meal, and just head out to Target or Toys R Us to look at toys…not for the kids, but for you too! This can be so much fun! Especially when you play ball in the aisle or try out the Nerf swords on each other. You may get some strange looks, but who cares?
4. Bookstore Visit: Another one of my favorites. I love bookstores! I love everything about them! It’s fun to get a cup of coffee and just browse through the books together. One of my favorite sections is the travel books. It’s fun to glance through these books and dream of places you would like to visit together.
5. Fancy Walk: Going for a walk together is always a great way to bond, but if we headed out for a walk in our neighborhood, we would probably have seven kids following us. It’s fun to find a fancy area, such as an upscale mall or shopping district, and just walk together, hand-in-hand. No shopping required.
These are some of my favorite ideas. Do you have some? If so, please let me know. I would love to hear them!
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!
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