cheap dates 101

October 4, 2011

Despite the fact that we are young and in love, the Husband and I don’t really get the chance to go out very often. It’s not that I am embarrassed to be seen with him — in fact, it’s probably the opposite. He has sat through one too many dinners with me whipping out Roxy to want to be seen with me on a regular basis. In reality, it’s not really the former or the latter.

The real reason we don’t go out too often is because we don’t have much wiggle room when it comes to our budget. When we think about going out for dinner on the weekends, the first thought that usually comes to mind is “that $50 could be used on ‘this’, not a dinner that we might not even enjoy.” We’re pretty lame, but I’m definitely okay with that. In fact, my mom once told me we were more boring than my dad and her. Thanks, Madre.. thanks.


And to be perfectly honest with you, the Husband and I don’t really feel that we “need” to do something every weekend. Our schedules are so busy that staying in on a Friday or Saturday night to watch movies together or enjoy a relaxing evening doesn’t bother us one bit. Between work, keeping up with the house, cooking, and making sure Charlie is taken care of, we don’t have much free time.

There are times, however, that we do want to go out and have some fun, but we don’t necessarily have much money to do so. So, what do we do when we are bored and don’t have much extra cash to spend?

1. Baking — Believe it or not, the first time the Husband and I hung out way back in high school, we spent the night making chocolate chip cookies. Despite his learned helplessness in the kitchen since we have gotten married, he does make a pretty mean chocolate chip cookie! Baking is an inexpensive way to spend some time with one another — not to mention it’s fun and delicious as well!

2. Go for a hike — or a bike ride… or just a walk around the neighborhood! Marriage is a funny thing sometimes because even though you live together, that doesn’t necessarily mean you get to see each other and spend quality time talking all the time! Life gets in the way, but going out and getting active together is a fun way to reconnect.

3. Play games — This is something the Husband and I don’t do enough of! We have a closet full of games, but rarely pull any out if we’re feeling bored. It may or may not have something to do with the fact that I’m a sore loser and he always wins.

4. Redbox — I seriously love those Redbox movies. Whoever thought of them was a genius. For only $1.00 a night, you can watch a movie and relax together. Unfortunately some of the movies aren’t quite up to par, but in the end, you can get a good laugh and hey… it was only $1.00!

5. Get coffee — Now this is my kind of cheap date. Going to Starbuck’s or another favorite coffee joint is a great way to spend time together. For a couple of dollars you can sip on some great drinks and have a nice long talk and/or people watch!

And I have to admit — I’m quite a cheap date.


I have no problem relaxing at home with the Husband on our nights off! I’ve always been quite the wild child.

Question: What are some of your ideas for cheap dates?

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