Most people are either in the dating scene or married. And no matter which group you associate yourself with, everyone wants to save money on dates! Dating is expensive! And going out with your spouse isn’t any cheaper than dating! So in order to live within our means, my husband and I look for ways to save money!
DIY dates are not in any way sub-par or less meaningful! In fact, the most special dates I’ve had with my husband were our most thoughtful and inexpensive outings! Here are a few of the DIY creative date night ideas that I’ve personally tried and have loved!
1. Picnic in the park
This is a great idea for couples living anywhere! No matter if you’re in the most rural of areas or the busiest of cities, there is always a park nearby or wide open spaces! I recently planned a date for my husband and I at the park. I took along our picnic basket that I had packed full of goodies. No, I didn’t spend a fortune on our meal! I took what I had from our pantry and was creative: cucumber sandwiches, fruit, crackers and cheese and sparkling grape juice!
2. Valentine’s Day sheet game
I made an intimate game for my husband and I a couple years ago for Valentine’s Day. I took a pink colored sheet that I already had and drew a board game on it. I drew lots of landing squares that had instructions like: remove one article of clothing, give a massage anywhere, give a gift, give a kiss, etc. We took turns rolling dice to see where we would land. The rule is to do whatever action was written in the box the die landed on! It was a fun and thoughtful activity!
3. Game Night
My husband loves video games. For me to take part in an activity that he enjoys means a lot to him. So sometimes we will make a night of it! We will order pizza and play a variety of video games together. It’s fun, inexpensive, and a unique way to spend the evening. But it doesn’t just have to be video games! You could play board games or card games together. I’m sure that whatever you choose, it will be something different than what you two usually do!
4. Chatter over Coffee
I love coffee and when I was dating my husband, we met weekly at a local Starbucks to chat and to get to know each other. When we were married, the coffee dates ended. We didn’t need a neutral location to learn each other. Or did we?
It’s important to date your spouse even after you’re married because it shows you still care and want to be a thoughtful husband or wife. My husband and I will occasionally venture out to our favorite Starbucks and sit and chat over coffee. It’s cheap but so meaningful. It’s special to us because that was “our place”. I’m sure you have those spots that are special to you as well. Go find them and relive moments of yesteryear!
5. Library Visits
I know this may seem a bit strange, but this is an idea that my husband and I use all the time! We often frequent our local library to do one of two things – borrow movies for a movie night or borrow books for discussion!
Although renting movies these days isn’t very expensive, it’s still nice to be able to save a bit of money. Our local library receives the newer movies that are just released onto DVD quite often, so we don’t have to wait too long for those movies we really wanted to see. But of course, there are so many older movies to enjoy as well, so it’s never a problem!
My husband and I will often have discussion over books. Sometimes we sit in the library, a coffee shop or our apartment for discussion. It’s something that will help us “learn” more about each other, as well as a new way to communicate with each other. It sure does beat sitting on the sofa typing away on our computers all night!
Danielle is wife and homemaker living in sunny Florida! She blogs about recipes, relationships, homemaking & blogging at Snippets of Inspiration. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.