Jul 26, 2019

Budget Friendly Date Night - Quirky and Fun Quality Time Ideas

The weekend is here!! You know what that means? Yup! Dunkin iced coffee (can you say squee) in the morning and free time for everyone in my household. We like to visit my husband's family each Saturday since they live so close. Belle loves to visit her grandparents and my husband, Sacha, and I get bit of alone time to go out and have a date. Win-win!

But, what do we do on our date?

Sometimes Sacha and I find ourselves scratching our heads, trying to find something to do that's not the same old "dinner and a movie." We like to be goofy and have fun. We're total nerds and enjoy being random with each other. We're not into bars, drinking, painting classes (because why pay for that? I can paint at home) or large outdoor crowds in summer. One would think that the Dallas area has more to do, being so large, but... [Cue shrug]

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If, like us, you don't think that you need to spend lots of money just to spend some quality time together, strap on your boots and check out these ideas:

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  • Game Night - Have an intimate game night with just the two of you. Sacha and I have this neat game, Our Moments, and it's more of a "conversation starter" deck of cards. The cards are meant to give you ideas on what to open up and talk about. For example "What personality trait do you admire most about me" or "Which of my passions do you admire most." There are other topics in there as well. Scenario cards and "What-if" situations. It's such a confidence boost to learn how your significant other see you and what exactly it is about you that drew them in and has kept them around.
  • Learn A New Language Together - I've always wanted to learn another language. French would be a great choice for me as my husband already speaks it. (He's from Montreal. Lucky punk) We're teaching our daughter French and I try to soak up what I can. Alternatively, I have a blast getting Sacha to speak with a Texan drawl sometimes. It's simply too comical. 
  • Visit An Exotic Restaurant - Dare each other to eat the weirdest item on the menu. I've never been to a Mediterranean restaurant despite the fact that I've always wanted to go. I'm thinking of crossing this off my bucket soon. 
  • Family Goals - Write down your family's goals for the next five years. Make a list and set a budget to achieve your goal, if you need to. For example, I have a VERY hard time with hot climates. About half of the year is unbearable. Texas summer is the worst. Our goal: We don't want to stay in Texas forever. We'd love to move somewhere with four seasons that has a milder summer. Reality: We need to budget like crazy and plan in detail if we want to move out of state. But that's a bit down the road. 
  • Unplug - Turn off all digital devices and disconnect. In our first year of dating, my husband and I would rarely have our phones on us. We'd go out and leave them behind or in a different room than we would spend time in. We wanted to focus on each other, not a screen.
  • Cringe Contest - Start with small actions or phrases and slowly build up to big cringe worthy things and see who breaks character first. Crown the winner Cringe King or Queen. (Let it be known that I'm the best at this game)
  • Superhero Day - Dress up silly and create yourself a hero or villain costume at home. (Captain Underpants, anyone?) Put on that blanket cape and run around the house being dorks together. Battle it out to save humanity or in my case the local coffee shop. (Hey, if you can't be silly and have fun together then what's the point)
  • Appreciation Jar - Both of you get a small jar or box, slips of paper, and a few pens. Spend a little while and jot down short notes stating what you love about each other, what you appreciate about the other person, or a fond memory. Put those in the box or jar and give it to your partner. Have them read one of the notes after they've had a difficult day. 
  • Date Night Idea Jar - Same concept as the appreciation jar, except you only need one and you both fill out little slips of paper of ideas. Places, events, or things you'd like to do on a date. Each week you draw one slip and cross if off the list.
  • Paparazzi Day - Take fun pictures together, get them printed out, and hang them on your walls at home so you see them daily. Fill your home with fun memories. This is one of my favorite way to reminisce on all the good times. I love looking at my walls and seeing a life of joy. 
  • Arts and Crafts - Spend time doing something creative together - Even if one of you *CoughSachaCough* is not artistically inclined. I've seen those hand molding kits around and I am dying to make one someday. It's on my bucket list for sure. Like this one here:

Spending time together doesn't have to be about how much money you spend. It's not about just being in the same room as one another. It's about actually doing something with one another that keeps your relationship from becoming stale. It can be something small, silly, intimate, calm, or relaxing. As long as your main focus is each other on your dates. 

All healthy relationships take effort. 

A favorite quote of mine is "Treat your friends like family and your family like friends." I'm not sure about you, but the thought of my husband not being my best friend sounds depressing. I am spending my life with him, after all. I plan to make sure it's a happy one.

Laying around after making "sand angels" at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. (All Rights Reserved)

What are your favorite things to do with your partner? 

How have you kept your spark alive and had fun along the way?

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