Sep 23, 2014

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5 Ways To Make Date Night Fit In Your Budget

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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.

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Adrianna Domingos-Lupher

Adrianna Domingos-Lupher

Adrianna Domingos-Lupher, MA, is an Accredited Financial Counselor and proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a military spouse and mami of two who is constantly reinventing her approach to career and family life. She is the owner and writer at Military Money Chica and the Co-founder of Military Spouse Bloggers. On her personal blog, Military Money Chica, she seeks to empower military spouses to make the most of their money, family, and the military experience with a sprinkling of Latina sabor. Military Spouse Bloggers is the first professional network and agency that seeks to help military spouses build a portable and sustainable career in new media.

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  1. Cindy Rangel says:

    I love the picnic idea. It’s so great for summertime! Awesome list. Thanks Adrianna!

  2. Such great tips! Will def use them. :)

  3. Glad to hear it! Let us know how it goes!

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