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dates at home

We all comes to points in life when going out on dates every week or even month just isn’t possible. For Frugal Date Friday this week, we are going to find ways to make dates at home more special.

Whether money is tight, you have a new baby, or life is just busy, you can still date your spouse. The great news about dates at home is that you still have a ton of options! You can make it into a time that nourishes you marriage without the fancy restaurant.

Here are some tips:

1.) Cook something special
Having a date at home is a great excuse to cook your or your spouse’s favorite food. Go ahead and splurge on that steak (as long as it’s on sale). For a more frugal option, try this Chicken Stew. I recently made this and we were blown away. It’s frugal, but so, so good. Don’t forget dessert.

If else fails, split a plate of take-out from a Mexican restaurant and ask for extra chips.

2.) Clear the clutter
It’s hard to focus on your spouse when there are clothes on the couch. Y’all, I’m a mom of four. I get it, laundry and life get crazy, but try to clear the clutter in at least one room. Then, hang out in that room.

3.) Put the kids to bed early
This time is about you and your spouse. Put the kids to bed a little early. If they aren’t having it, get them ready for bed and then let them watch a movie in their room.

4.) Light the candles
Being honest, it can be hard for me to light candles. If you burn them, you have to buy more. But this is date night, so light those candles! They’ll go on sale again.

Added bonus: if you don’t get around to clearing the clutter, it will be harder to see it if you have a candlelit dinner.

5.) Put the phones away
I am so very guilty of this, but nothing is going to pop-up on Facebook or Instagram that you need to know right now. Put all electronics away and talk face to face with your spouse.

6.) Ask real questions
Try to avoid talking about the kids and talk about whats going on in your hearts and marriage. Here are (5) general questions that many couples find helpful.

For more light hearted topics, you can use these free printable Conversation Starters.

7.) Have a plan
Take time before the date to plan it out. Decide what you’re going to make, print your conversation starters, and pick what you’re going to do after. You could rent a Redbox movie, play a game (we like Jenga), or make a special dessert. If all else fails, put on Pandora and have a dance party.

8.) Put on real clothes
I love yoga pants as much as the next girl, but put on whatever you would wear if you were going out to dinner. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but a little effort is always appreciated.

In the end when it comes to dating your spouse, the more you put into it, the more you will get back. So even if you are eating PB&J by candlelit so you can’t see that pile of laundry, take time to focus on your spouse. Your marriage is too important to let anything get in the way.

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    • Cindy

      All great ideas. My husband and I have done many dates at home when the money was tight Here are a few that we did.
      Movie night, popped some popcorn and rented a movie.
      After a candlelight dinner, we put on some soft music to slow dance to.
      Packed a picnic lunch and spread out the blanket in the middle of the living room.
      We have been married 36 years now and still look forward to our dates.

    • music88teach

      Wonderful ideas! My husband & I have been married 26 years and we still set aside time to date. It’s really important. My advice to all newlyweds is ‘don’t forget you’re still dating’. It doesn’t stop just because you’re married. Our son is in college now and I feel like we’re newlyweds again. The dates at home have been some of the most memorable.