So it’s almost Valentine’s Day, and my husband and I aren’t exactly raking in the dough right now. It’s nothing we can’t handle; we still have enough to cover the bills and our day-to-day expenses, but going out for an expensive night on the town can be a little too much for us sometimes. That’s why I’ve come up with these at-home date night ideas that cost little to nothing!
- Dinner and a movie – A new take on this old favorite! Cook up something together that makes you both really excited to eat! Make sure to eat at the table before you start the movie; the more time you have to talk to your partner, the better the date (in my opinion, anyway). You can have as much fun with this as you want – put on some relaxing music in the background, dress up the table with a centerpiece or candles – anything you want! Then pick out a movie that (again) makes you both excited to watch, pop the popcorn, and cuddle up for the next two hours!
- Couple’s retreat – This may sound like you’re about to pay a bunch of money on a hotel room and a 5-hour flight, but I promise it’s not what you think! You’ll need some prep-work before actually doing this one, but it’s worth it! Pick a day that the two of you can either take off of work at the same time or comfortably leave behind other responsibilities. Remember – you have to be responsibility-free for at least half the day! Decide ahead of time what “sessions” you’re going to have on this retreat – whether you need to focus on communicating more with each other, planning for kids, deciding what your next home renovation project is going to be – these could be anything! Pick your location – a state park (’cause they’re large), a shopping mall, a new city, etc. Then get out there and treat this like a real retreat! You should be communicating and enjoying each other’s company the whole time!
- Game night – This is my husband’s favorite! It’s exactly what it sounds like, but you can put your own spin on it. Play board games, video games, or some combination of the two. You could even go outside (if the weather is nice) and play a sport! The key here is to have fun with one another without the pressure of large life talks like a retreat would have you do. I always make a bunch of tasty apps and drinks to see us through the evening like we’re at a bar – ’cause after all, Monopoly is definitely better while drinking!
These three date night ideas are the ones that my husband and I have tried and have proven tried and true for us time and time again! I encourage all of you to step outside of the dinner-and-a-movie box and do something new. You might be surprised how much fun you can have just being at home!