Date Nights

posted 3 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
6948 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@taraelisabeth:  We go to art shows (free), the beach (free), on drives around town (free), to museums (cheap), coffeeshops (cheap), and we do like going to the movies. Luckily, we’re hitting Christmas, also known as “everyone gives us movie gift cards season”! 🙂 We went to the movies every other week from Christmas through March on gift cards this past year! This year I keep telling him we need to hold on to them until Summer because it gets CRAZY hot here and we always want to get out of the apartment and use someone else’s air conditioning!

Post # 4
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

AWww, that sucks. And I’m right there with you. Going out can be expensive, and FI and I are currently broke.  But I have to say, a $4 movie sounds doable! 

It might be time to let your FI know that you are not happy with watching TV every night OR going to that one restaurant only.You deserve to have fun dates. You two are going to be together for the rest of your lives! But you’re going to have to tell him seriously. 

Post # 5
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@taraelisabeth:  We do quite a bit of walking…which often leads to cafes / coffee shops!  Also go to the beach.  Always keep a blanket in the car with an old-ish pillow so we can have a bit of a lie down and snuggle if we see a nice park.  The occasional swim is good too. 


We don’t like spending heaps of money either so its good to have other ideas.  My FI isn’t keen on the movies either!  What about bowling or skating?  Or baking something together at home?


Also FI and I didn’t have much happening today so sat down and played scrabble!


Post # 6
1590 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We’ll go out to dinner maybe once a month. Now that we live together, we kinda realized were not “date night” people. We love just cooking together and watching modern family on the couch. I go out with frisked & family though (lunch, happy hour).

Post # 7
2394 posts
Buzzing bee


We don’t go out nearly as much as we used to because we’re both so busy these days. So we try to make our date nights “in” nice by getting takeout and a bottle of champagne. We have Netflix instant streaming which is about $8 a month (can’t remember the exact amount). Maybe you could just take out a subscription and then boom, you’ll have all the movies you want and he can’t quibble about the $4.

When we do go out, we almost always use coupons. I signed up for the email alerts and I only buy the coupons when they are having a sale 80%-90% off. There are dozens and dozens of restaurants participating in our area and I’ve paid a dollar or two for most of our coupons, which are usually good for $25 off a $35 dinner. For my DH’s birthday, I used a $50 off $100 coupon at a high end restaurant — I only paid $5 for the coupon. You might want to check it out and see if they have deals in your area.

If you want the movie night out and you think he will complain because of the cost, just go buy a movie gift card that is pre-paid, and a gift card for dinner at your favorite restaurant. Tell him it has already been paid for and he has no choice because otherwise, the gift cards will go to waste. That’s what I would do. LOL.

And then make him get the groceries or fill up your gas tank next time you go shopping.    ; )

 Good luck!

Post # 8
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@taraelisabeth:  why don’t you guys set a monthly budge for date nights? Then you can do whatever as long as it is within budget.

Post # 9
896 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@taraelisabeth:  We do not do date nights.  I dunno… I guess neither one of us understands the concept of a “date night.”  We just go out whenever we want to go out, but we mostly stay home and do work around the house, hang out in our pool, play with our dog or visit our family.  

We like to take at least one trip/year.  In fact, we just came back from Costa Rica.  But date nights… nope, not our thing. 

Post # 10
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@BelliniChic:  Wow I’ve never checked sounds like a good idea! We use tons of Groupons, we live in a big city so there’s always Groupon options for restaurants, museums, tours, and other activities. It gives us ideas of things to do for date nights and it doesn’t hurt to score a good deal too!

Post # 11
1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Going out is definitely expensive sometimes so I get why he doesn’t want to do it often. But express your desire to go out and try some restaurant or go to a movie. Maybe he assumes you are happy with the way things are?

There’s also lots of free stuff to do in every town/city. Going for walks, free art shows, free festivals or fairs. Things like that. My FH and I like to go skating in the winter and the outdoor rinks are free. We go for walks in the park and do picnics in nice weather (too cold and snowy out now). And it doesn’t cost a lot!

Post # 12
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@taraelisabeth:  Every Friday night, we do something. Maybe dinner out, or maybe dinner at home followed by something fun. Last night we had a homemade dinner and then went bowling. I will say, though – we use, Groupon, LivingSocial and Amazon Local almost religiously. We haven’t paid full price for a meal or experience in a long, long time. There are so many great deals out there to make going out a lot more affordable!

Post # 13
809 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

My SO loves to go to movies because he’s a fan of high quality sound and image… I don’t like it so much because its a bit too loud in my opinion, but he goes to coffee shops for me so I go to movies with him. Otherwhise restaurants, classic italian cuisine is romantic and can be affordable, just go for walks at night and cook something special at home and light candles and put on some jazz music etc… Anything with a bit of a romantic vibe basicly.


@taraelisabeth:  What would you want to do? 🙂 We sometimes arrange it together and sometimes as a surprise for the other, if so you can “set the bar” for what they should be?

I saw scating, baking and conserts in here too, and those are just lovely!! 🙂 Conserts we especially love 🙂

Post # 15
2394 posts
Buzzing bee



You’re welcome, ladies… I am going to keep checking my email for the next big sale. I’m hoping they will have one around Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

The nice thing about is that, unlike Groupon, you can pretty much use the coupons anytime you want except for on major holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. They do not have an expiration date. So you can do things spur of the moment.

DH and I got married two years ago, and I remember a week or two later it was Christmas Day and had a 90% off sale for one day only. I got a TON of coupons for practically nothing. I kind of went crazy and spent close to $50 on coupons but we got something like 35-40 coupons that were worth more than $800!

Needless to say, we are STILL using those coupons, LOL.

At first, my DH was skeptical and didn’t believe that the coupons were going to be honored. He thought it was too good to be true, but it’s not. Since then we’ve used the coupons at French restaurants, Italian, Indian, sushi, Irish pubs, Brazilian steakhouses, on and on. We usually have appetizers and wine with the meal. We always get a kick when the bill comes and we end up paying $15 or $20 including the tip!

Another bonus. If you buy a coupon for a restaurant that goes out of business, will let you trade it in for a new restaurant. We’ve done this a number of times. So you don’t have to worry about losing the money you put into it. 


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