Date nights with a spouse are fun and a great way to connect, but even better at home. Date nights are important for a marriage. Spending a lot of money should not be a prerequisite for time alone with a spouse. Frugal home date night are also a fun way to connect. Frugal home date night involves planning and preparation especially with childcare.
Setting up a frugal date night at home is easy, but it does take some planning. Both spouses should be involved in the monthly date night plans. We plan budgets together so husband and wife should plan a date night. Set a reminder on the phone or mark it on the calendar to plan this special time with your spouse. Finally, do this planning session at the same time each month.
Plan Activities Ahead
Brainstorm activities that can be done at home. A long list for a frugal date night at home opens up choices. Choices that husband or wife can agree on are important to have fun. Setting a timer for a brainstorm session is part of the process. An open minded approach is best especially if something makes it on the list that seems a bit boring.
Have a Theme
Potentially, monthly themes for a frugal date night make staying home more interesting. Parents have themes for birthday parties, so why not for their date night. Italian nights could set the mood for a romantic spaghetti dinner with a delicious Italian desert that has been homemade by each person. Set the table with some pretty candles to make the dinner ambiance more interesting.
Date Night Budget
A frugal mindset is what we are going for in this date night at home. A low spending budget is nearly impossible when going out. Restaurants, tips, coffees, parking, movies are all expensive. Frugally minded couples have more fun at home and do not need to be stressed about spending money.
We usually rent a movie off of Google for less than $5.00 and have dinner. More times than not a husband and wife will not do a date night due to lack of money.
Hire A Babysitter
Ultimately a frugal date night at home is to save money on expenses. Childcare is a big expense. Allowing for limited interruptions assists couples better to connect. If at all possible hire a safe sitter, a friend from church, mom groups or homeschool groups are usually very willing to help. Asking for a 2 hour break so that the date night can be earlier than bedtime for the kids is ideal.
See if someone will accept a trade for babysitting their kids as well. Asking for help so that date night will be a time to connect does not show a weakness. Strength in a marriage is essential and establishes a happy home.
How do you date night at home?