Budget Friendly Date Nights for Parents

Mar, 19, 2018

By Fredrica Syren:
Once in a while, my husband and I will remember what dating was like before we became parents. Back Dating on a budgetwhen 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?

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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