Date nights are a rarity around here. #1 because life, #2 because babies, and #3 because money. So when Kelly mentioned sharing 50 practically free date ideas with us I loved the idea and asked her to send it on over!
I don’t know about you, but I’m all about free or practically free, and I do enjoy date nights. 🙂
Please welcome guest blogger Kelly, from Kelly Cox at Home.
Life is busy! If I was not intentional, days, weeks and months could fly by without my husband and I enjoying a date night. (This so wouldn’t work for me!) I’m completely crazy about my husband and my desire is to love and respect him well.
As a couple, we try to consistently spend time together. Despite busy schedules, home life, church work and more, we think it’s important to have date nights.
I encourage couples to take time out of “life” to enjoy each other. My husband and I have a blast no matter what we do and sometimes don’t even leave the house! In other words, we enjoy date nights out and in. The goal is to just be together regardless of where and how.
I’ve heard lots of excuses from couples why date nights just don’t work for them. Check out a few of these excuses and my rebuttals below!
Date Night Excuses:
- No child care
- Not enough time
- Too tired
- Can’t afford the date
Date Night Rebuttals:
- Swamp child care with another couple when it comes to date nights. (FREE)
- Your spouse is your number 1 relationship besides God. Be intentional and make it happen.
- Take a quick nap together first.
- Dates can be low-cost or FREE! (Ideas below)
Money is usually the number 1 issue that I hear excuse wise. I can relate. However, don’t lose heart because time with your spouse is essential and it is possible. My husband and I live on a pretty strict budget because we have several financial goals we are working toward.
We typically pick low-cost or free dates to enjoy as a couple. You can too!
Check out my list of 50 practically free date ideas that you can do with your spouse. My hope and prayer is that you’ll find several date night ideas that will bless you and your husband with flexibility when it comes to planning time together.
50 Frugal or Practically Free Date Ideas:
- Picnic in the park, a field or your backyard
- Go for a hike
- Attend free, local events like parades, concerts and festivals
- Read a book together or your Bible
- Go for a scenic drive
- Take turns cooking a meal for each other
- Go out for coffee
- Play cards or board games
- Watch the first movie you saw together
- Make and then fly a kite together
- Put a puzzle together
- Volunteer together
- Go ice skating or roller skating
- Watch a movie marathon
- Do a house project together
- Visit model homes for decorating ideas
- Go to the local farmer’s market
- Have a devotional time together
- Play 20 questions
- Appetizer night at home
- Strawberry or apple picking
- Drive around and look at Christmas lights
- Build a snowman then enjoy hot cocoa snuggled up on the couch
- Cook a new cuisine together
- Play Frisbee golf
- Go for a run or walk
- Play Truth or Dare
- Make sushi at home
- Do something touristy in your hometown
- Go fishing
- Sit by a fire pit and roast marshmallows
- Watch the movie War Room and create a prayer strategy for your home
- Go to the gym
- Take a “how to” class as a couple
- Have a camp out
- Spend a day at the beach or in the mountains
- Retrace your first date
- Plant a garden
- Attend a sporting event
- Miniature golf
- Go swimming
- Enjoy a day at the lake
- Have a fondue night at home
- Visit a historical district
- Plan a day trip, pack your lunch, don’t make plans and explore
- Get all dressed up and go our just for dessert and coffee
- Color, paint or do an art project together
- Attend a free, church marriage conference
- Go for a bike ride
Be intentional, carve out time for date nights and enjoy those precious moments together. Your marriage is worth the effort it takes and you CAN afford time together especially when dates can be practically free!
Kelly is a Christ follower, blessed wife, mom to-be and a lover of all things home. She blogs over at www.KellyCoxAtHome.com about her journey at home and passion for debt-free living.