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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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5 questions to ask

Even when you don’t have a chance to do something really special for date night, it’s important to sit down and chat. This week for Frugal Date Friday we’re going to talk about having a weekly check-in.

Having a weekly check-in is an easy way to make sure you and your spouse are on the same page. There are 5 standard questions that are typically used for this check-in. You can talk about things beyond these 5 questions, but the questions are a good place to start. This helps you to both have realistic expectations for the week and solve problems before they can become a bigger issue.

So, how does it work?

To get started, pick a day. For us, it is most convenient on Sunday, but any day will work. You can do this while taking a walk, enjoying a cup of coffee together, or sitting on the couch. Next, you need to come up with a list of questions to ask each week.

The 5 standard questions:

1. How did you feel loved this past week?
2. What does your upcoming week look like?
3. How would you feel most loved & encouraged in the days ahead?
4. How would you best feel pursued this week?
5. How can I pray for you or support you this week?

This check-in is for the two of you, so if you don’t like one of these questions, you can throw it out. Come up with questions that will be more helpful and productive for your unique relationship.

After chatting, you can grab your calender and write down important reminders on it. If you know your spouse has an important meeting on Tuesday, you can write that down and provide extra support for him that day. Knowing what is going on in his or her life gives you special opportunities  to love them well and encourage them.

In my personal experience, I have found this to be time well spent. When you and your spouse are on the same page, you can work together as a team and conquer whatever the week brings.

Do you have a weekly check-in with your spouse? What questions do you ask each other?

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    • esyke623

      I really enjoy your “frugal date night” posts, and relationship advice, in general! Question, though– my husband is definitely not a “talker.” I basically get one word answers. I don’t think he does this to be mean or evasive– he’s just a quiet guy. Usually, when I ask relationship type questions like this, I get “I’m not sure,” or “I don’t know– I think it was fine.” Any suggestions for getting actual, helpful feedback from a quiet person?

      • @esyke623:disqus For quiet guys this can be tricky. How about if you set both of you up for success and make them one word answer questions. What was the one thing you liked about last week? What meal did you enjoy the most?

        My husband is like this, and I’ve learned to be content in the short answers and not press for more. Never to follow up with why? After a short while of him seeing that you are doing well with short answers it helps him to not feel pressured on the answers and they tend to answer more.

        Our one check-in question that he responds to the best… What in my day would you prefer me not to do and what would you rather me do? He always has something to say.

        • esyke623

          Great ideas! Thanks!

    • atd

      Thank you 1 million times over for this suggestion & the 1 word q&a. Great idea!!

    • Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing!