Dating these days can turn out to be a whole investment. With the increase in costs and our global economy in shambles, we are often challenged with making the right choices in having fun with our other half, while still maintaining a cost-effective formula.
Dating is an important element of any relationship, it increases additional bonding and also gives you the opportunity to escape from your daily routine and really focus on the both of you. Studies have shown that a couple that does not date is slowly building that bridge of distance, and before you know, you have become strangers living in the same house.
When’s the last time you had a date night with your partner? If you’re like most couples, chances are it’s been a few months since you had some quality alone time. That’s not surprising as most typical dates can be expensive. Going out to eat after seeing a movie can easily result in $50 or more spent in one single night. When you’re in the middle of saving for a downpayment, or for a baby, or paying off your student loans, you might not think you have the money for a date night.
I have looked at some of the options that you can incorporate in your lifestyle that will help you spend more time with that special someone in your life:
- Take a walk; sometimes simple is better. It is good for blood circulation as well. You can enjoy an evening walk and stop somewhere along your path for an ice cream cone. Bonus points: make this a routine, at least on a weekly basis. Go for walks after dinner or make it a point to go for a walk at a time when someone can watch the kids on the weekend. Even if you’re out for an hour, that hour can do wonders for your relationship.
- Have a picnic indoors or outdoors. It really depends on your creativity and the ability to set that ambience. It will cost you practically only time, for your items should already be available in your house.
- Create a game night where you both challenge your IQ and have some fun with charades, picture it, or a simple version of your favorite board game. Do you and your partner already have a collection of board games? Look through and see if there are any you can play together. Games like Roll for it, Age of War, and Scrabble are great examples.
- Have a movie or series marathon. Most of us are always too busy that we do not have the time to really enjoy our 40-inch television in our living room. Make it a date night to stay indoors and catch on your favorite episodes or a movie that you did not get a chance to see at the movies.
- Make it your business to have lunch together at least once a month. This could be closer to pay day, somewhere central that both of you have the time to reach and meet quick for a “catch up” of the week chit chat. Sometimes you just need to leave your office and be able to vent in another environment.
I guarantee you that some of these options will cost you little to nothing. At the end of the day, there’s no reason to go all-out on a date night that you don’t have the budget for. Keep your date simple with the goal of reconnecting with your partner in mind and you’ll find enjoyment in the little things.
By: Kenty Lichtenberg of
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