Post # 1
I’ve been unemployed for almost 6 months now and of course, with my fiance paying most of the bills, things are tight. One of the first things to go was our date nights. Usually, once or twice a month we would go out to dinner and maybe a movie or just wander around the bookstore. Nothing special but it got us out of the house.
So last night I surprised my fiance we he came home from work. I dressed up in a skirt and heels (usually when he comes home I’m in one of his tshirts and jeans/shorts) and I actually put makeup on! Boy was he surprised! I had dinner cooking-Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken and broccoli and I had some Frank Sinatra playing on the radio. We even opened a bottle of wine. So we had a nice relaxing dinner. No tv, no computer, and no phones. We talked, we drank, we kissed and um well never mind what else! For dessert, we walked to the local ice place for sundae’s. We ended the date with a boat ride that started at dusk (we live on a small lake). It was such a magical time of night. We got to watch the moon rise, which I had never done before. I have a bunch of old jars that I took down to the boat and put tea lights in them so we had lots of candle light as we floated along the water. So romantic and relaxing.
We enjoyed it so much that we have made a pact to have an At Home Date Night at least once a month. It was cheap, easy, and relaxing. It was so nice to focus on just us and not bills, work, or the wedding.
What are some other ideas for cheap (or free) date nights?
Post # 3
awwww that is super sweet! Sometimes we make an extra nice dinner (steak and shrimp, something we’d eat “out” for) and polish off a bottle of wine quite easily. Which usually leads to other celebratory date things, lol.
We have a nice park/lake by our house that I like to go running at, but it has some nice benches just for sitting and hanging out. The city here has a nice botanical gardens (about 35 min away while theyu’re fixing the highway, otherwise only 20, boo) and on wednesday nights you can bring your own food and wine or whatever and sit on a blanket and listen to live music. We have lots of free things to do here, I just have a hard time dragging myself out on a week night. Otherwise laundry doesn’t get done, lunches don’t get made, etc.
Once the hubs gets out of the Army, he’ll be unemployed for awhile, so we’ve reached the agreement he’ll do all the chores around the house so when I come home, we can do “dates” instead of me doing laundry and other tasks while he hangs around all day. I did it for him a few years ago, now it’s his turn! ha =]
Post # 4
We will grill out and sit by the firepit while the outdoor music is playing with some nice wine or something. Watch the sun go down over the hills. It’s nice and relaxing.
Post # 5
I think you are right-on to turn off the TV and computer for at-home date night. Watching TV or a movie together can be fun, but it’s not that kind of date togetherness we need.
My favorite way to turn a meal out into a less expensive experience is to find a restaurant that does 1/2 price wine. One of my favorites also has a nice patio. This way you take longer to eat, sit, and talk, and probably take a walk before heading back to the car.
Other, really inexpensive, things we do are read aloud together, taking turns reading chapters. We play board games and card games. We listen to music on the back porch. Also, all summer there seems to be free concerts and festivals to go to. I especially love the free concerts in the park, bring a picnic and listen to the music.
Post # 6
On the weekends, we do picnics and take walks to new neighborhoods or parks. We’ll make cocktails at home and talk.
Post # 7
that sounds beautiful. we check out new neighborhoods (just walk and wander). there are also free summer events / corporate sponsored late nights at museums. or rent a movie classic (we’re trying to work our way through oscar winners over the years) and make a dinner and movie out of it (just at home!)
Post # 8
I love at home dates!!
We’ll go to the butcher & get some fabulous dinner w/ all the fixings. It tastes like a meal out, yet it’s 1/2 the cost & tastes so much better. We sit on the patio while it grills, drink some wine & play board games like Scrabble or backgammon.
It’s such a relaxing and fun time… its just about enjoying each others company! 🙂
Post # 9
I love at home date nights too!
I’m with Snowflake, love grilling out back with good music and the best company (my honey).
I know renting a video goes without saying, but we do that quite often. I’ll cook a yummy dinner and then we relax (me with a glass of wine, him with a beer) and watch our movie.
I have kids, so we will do sundaes at home sometimes also. Date night is really just about spending that time together and not letting anything or anyone derail that time. 🙂
Post # 10
That is such a good idea! Money is tight for us too and I might have to do something just like this for my man.
Post # 11
We don’t have cable or a digital TV converter, so we watch TV shows on our laptop – it probably sounds goofy, but it’s fun to curl up close together on the sofa with it. It’s cozy! We also make a big deal out of dinner several nights a week – candles, real napkins, flowers from outside, music etc. – even if we are only having omelets or something simple. It’s fun – we pretend that we are playing grown-ups!
Post # 12
I don’t have a cable box either! We have netflix instead tho.
We love cooking and just got a pasta maker from a friend off of our registry!
We have trails behind our place so we can take our bikes out at night or go rock climbing at the gym ($16/person), wander around the town, etc.
They also have some free museum days at some of the museums in San Francisco.
We’ve been taking dance lessons for the wedding, so sometimes at night we just turn on some music at home and dance!
Post # 13
we do at home date nights a lot , we live in a condo so dont have the luxury of a backyard so i suprised him one night by moving the coffe table, setting up little tealight candles all around n putting a picnic blanket on the floor , made dinner even made dessert, a nice bottle of champagne n we just relaxed n had our indoor picnic..or we would go to the park and plave badminton, have a sports and ice cream day, or my favortie lay on the hammock on the balconey and talk for hours , have an amazing view of the lake