“Date Night on a Dime”
by Megan Strickland
After our first daughter was born, my days were filled with nursing, changing diapers, cleaning spit up, and figuring out how to be a mom. Unfortunately, that left little time for my husband. The expenses of a new baby also left little money for us to even go out on a date.
Over the years though, we have managed to be able to still have somewhat regular date nights and even a few weekend getaways all because we learned to think outside of the box when it comes to date nights.
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- You don’t have to go out to have a date night. I know this concept seems foreign, and if you’re a stay at home mom, you are probably itching to get out of the house. Instead, rent a RedBox movie (they post free codes pretty often), put the kids to bed a little early, and snuggle up with your husband to watch a movie. Even if you have to pay for a RedBox rental, they are only about $1.50.
- Trade babysitting services with a friend. If you have a good friend you trust who also has kids, see if you can trade out babysitting services. Keep your friends kids the first time so she can have a date night, then the next time have her keep your kids so you can have a date night. This cuts out a babysitting fee, which can make the date night more affordable.
- Choose one or the other. If you are wanting a date night to include dinner and a movie, that can easily cost around $75! To save some money, choose to either go out to dinner or go see a movie. If you just do one, you can still have a date night without breaking your budget.
- Choose to see an earlier movie. If there’s a movie you’ve been dying to see, purchase tickets for the late afternoon movie. Most movie theaters charge a lower price on movies showing before 5 p.m. Sometimes you can save up to 50% on a movie ticket if you just choose to go to an earlier showing. (If you do this you may be able to still get popcorn or go out to dinner and still be under budget.)
- Look for vouchers. Sites like LivingSocial and Groupon post deals where you can purchase a voucher for half the price to use at a restaurant, ice cream parlor, movie, or another place. (Many times you can get a $20 voucher for $10, $50 for $25, and other price increments.) If you can catch one of those deals, you can use it towards a date night and save 50% off the top.
- Keep a lookout for free community events. Many towns have free movie events and other holiday-related activities over the summer. Keep a lookout for these events and plan a date night around it.
- Budget date nights. If you have a little wiggle room in your budget, add a date night into your budget. Allot a certain amount to go towards a date night each paycheck. Then when you have enough saved up, you can plan to have a nicer date night out with your spouse.
I hope these tips give you some ideas to have a date night with your spouse without breaking the bank!
Megan is a stay-at-home mom of two girls (ages 5 and 1). Her passion for helping others learn to save money is what inspired her to start Frugal Finds During Naptime. When she’s not looking for deals or playing with her kids, you can find her here trying out new recipes in her kitchen or spending time with her husband.