I know. I know how expensive sitters are. I know how date night expenses can add up. On the flip-side, I also know how expensive divorce can be. I said it. Divorce. If you don’t make your marriage a priority, the opportunity costs are staggering. Divorce is expensive from an emotional and financial perspective. Living in an unhappy marriage takes a toll on your mental and physical health, not to mention the message it sends to your children about what their intimate relationships should look like in the future. Your marriage is the crux of your happy family. It ain’t all about the kids. Happy parents make happy kiddos. Enough said.
1. Don’t knock the day date
Day dates are thrifty! Lunch is cheaper than dinner. Some high end restaurants even have Early Bird specials! Matinees are cheaper than evening showings. The great ourdoors is free, so take a hike, sit on the beach, ride bikes, or take a drive!
2. Barter babysitting
Like I mentioned above, other parents need a break from their kids and a break on their wallets. Work with other parents to trade babysitting services.
3. Coupons are sexy
So you want to eat at the new chic dining destination? Hit the web and dig up some coupons. You can get great deals by joining Groupon or LivingSocial. You might find coupons by checking the restaurant’s website. Don’t forget to ask for military discounts!
4. Grab a pic-a-nic basket
Cut the cost of lunch or dinner by preparing a special meal at home and taking it with you on your date night. A park bench or a blanket can be even more romantic (and way cheaper) than sitting at a bustling restaurant.
5. Kick the kids out
Get the kids out of the house and have an at home date night! There are some snazzy meals you can order at home, snuggle up on the couch, open a bottle of wine, and make the magic happen.