We all know that the best way to keep a marriage healthy is by having a regular date night.
In this post, I will share with you 9 ways you can save money on date night!
When we were first married and had our first child, we had very little money. Having a regular date night can do some serious damage to your wallet if you’re not careful.
So, what is the solution?? How can you make sure to have a date night but afford it at the same time?
Continue reading to see the 9 ways we save money on a date night
9 ways to save money on Date night
1. Make a budget
Every couple has a different household income. Before you start to plan a date night, sit down together and decide how much money you can spend per month.
Once you know how much money you can spend, plan your nights accordingly. Date night does not need to be expensive to be romantic or fun.
For my husband and I, we have kept to a few simple guidelines that save us money.
2. Reduce the nights out
Since having kids, we have found that we enjoy our special nights at home just as much as the nights we have out.
In the span of a month, we try to have 3 date nights at home per month, and one night out.
This still gives us the nights we get to have outside the house without the need for us to spend $$ on babysitting or activity on a regular basis. We have found this to be the best way to save money.
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3. At-home Movie
One of the best investments we made this year was getting a big-screen tv. Before purchasing the TV we would watch everything on a computer screen. That worked for a while, but now it’s so much better. The size of the screen and the quality of it makes it so we can watch movies we love in the comfort of our living room.
Since movies are released so quickly for rental or purchase, we just wait for movies to be available to us and rent them off our tv. We like to use the google play or cineplex app. We also have a monthly subscription to Netflix and use that as well to watch many movies.
This way, we pay $5 per movie instead of $20 or more and can pick a time that works for us.
4. Game night
My husband and I love playing games. So sometimes we love to stay in, eat some snacks and play games. We buy a few new games a year and play them together.
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Having a game night is a great way to save money and spend quality time together. The games you purchase are not only good for date night but for a friend get-together and family game night. These are one-time purchases that can be enjoyed over and over again.
5. At-home chef
My husband and I love food. Sometimes going out for dinner is too much for our budget. Instead of purchasing a dinner out, we will spend less money and make a special meal at home.
We stick to things we know how to make, but you can expand your abilities by trying to make something new.
Not only will this save you money, but cooking together is a great way to spend quality time together.
6. Free activities
My husband and I are pretty fortunate with his job. The type of industry he is in provides us with the occasional free tickets to hockey games, festivals and other events. There are also galas and fundraisers that we can go to.
All of these events are free for us and are a great opportunity for us to get out and save some money.
To save some money, try to take advantage of the free things you have access to. For you, it might not be events, but maybe your city has really cool free things. These make great date nights and you save tons of money.
Over the years we try to only pay for the activity or for babysitting. If the activity is free then we pay for babysitting, if the babysitting is free we pay for the activity. This idea helps us save money and also helps us not take advantage of friends who would look after our kids for free.
7. Get family and friends to babysit
Sometimes the most expensive part of the night is the cost of babysitting. If your fortunate enough to have family in town, ask them if they would be willing to babysit for free.
Some grandparents can’t due to health, but you can also ask aunts, uncles or your siblings. Any family you have is a chance to get free babysitting. Close friends may also be willing to babysit.
When asking a family to babysit make sure that your ur not taking advantage of their generosity and pick times that work for them.
8. Swap Babysitting
We don’t have much family in town. The family we have has a schedule that is the complete opposite of us so finding times that work for both of us for them to babysit is hard. We have a few friends who are willing to babysit for us, but we don’t want to ask too often.
So, if you don’t have much money for a night out and you want to save some money, consider swapping babysitting with a friend.
If you have friends in town with kids, then chances are they need babysitters as well. Set up an arrangement with them so that when you go out they babysit and when they go out you return the favour.
If you can’t babysit maybe offer other services for free such as a haircut, music lessons, cleaning, whatever you can think of that they will agree to.
9. Make it simple
Date nights don’t have to be complicated. They are just night’s set aside to spend quality time together.
Sometimes, my husband and I are not creative with a date night and it’s just us getting chips and candy and watching a movie together.
When my husband and I had no money, we would often just make a pot of tea. We would sit in the kitchen and drink tea together. Those date nights were just as special than any other date night we have had. They were sometimes better because we would just sit and talk for as long as we wanted.
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If you don’t have lots of money to spend on date night, don’t!! Just focus on spending time together.
In the comments below, let me know how you save money on date night. Please share this post with family and friends. Thank you.