By Fredrica Syren:
Once in a while, my husband and I will remember what dating was like before we became parents. Back when we had all the time in the world and never got interrupted and — best of all — never were tired. Nowadays, with three kids, we don’t get to go on a date very often because it includes way too many steps: 1. find a babysitter; 2.make sure she is available, and for which day and what time; 3. plan the date; 4. prepare kids for it; 5. make sure kids are fed and happy when we leave; 6. get myself ready; and, well, you get the picture…
I do believe that spending some quality time without kids is super important for any couple, and we try to make this a priority. However, I have found that paying the babysitter as well as paying for the night out itself can get quite expensive; so, instead, we have worked out a dating-on-a-budget list. So here are some examples of dates we have:
A movie and popcorn — My husband and I used to love going to the movies. Now, instead, we watch a movie at home after the kids are in bed and sleeping. And of course my husband makes the best popcorn and snacks to eat while we watch. I have to admit it’s so nice to watch a movie that does not star Tinker Bell or Cinderella.
Go on a fun hike — When we first began dating BK (before kids), we went on many long hikes together. These days we do hike with our kids, but when we get a chance, we also like to go on a more advanced, longer hike as a date — just us two.
Watch the sunset — We’re so lucky to live near the beach in San Diego. So one thing we like to do as a cheap date is to bring some wine and a snack with us, and sit on the beach and watch the sunset. It’s pure romance☺
Play a game — We both love playing cards, so after our kids go to sleep, we meet for a date night of card games.
Massages — We spend our entire days caring for someone else. It’s pure joy when we give each other a massage.
What great ideas for a budget friendly date do you have?