My favorite part of every week is date night! I’m always looking for new (and frugal) things to do. Here are some of our favorites!
1. Go on a picnic.
I know – not always an option in Oklahoma wind and fickle weather, but indoor picnics are super fun too! Lay out a blanket, feast on picnic food, and watch an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond. If it is nice outside, make up some sandwiches (or better yet, pick up a pizza) and go dine outdoors. ;)
2. Go bowling.
It may not be free, but it’s usually less expensive than other date nights, especially if you check for coupons and Groupon deals. Our bowling alley has discount nights if you come at a certain time. Split some french fries for dinner and play until you’re good enough to skip the bumpers.
3. Play Hide & Seek.
I never thought I would play this game after the age of 10, but the other night we pulled out the flashlights, turned off the lights, and played Hide & Seek in the dark. It was hilariously fun. Jack likes to play too. It’s all fun and games until Jack finds you and jumps on you with excitement.
4. Take pictures.
If you have a patient significant other, this is an easy one for you and your wallet. Drive around and find some fun or pretty places to take some photos and make some memories. :) You can order cheap 4×6 prints of your adventures, or even make a little Shutterfly book when they have a sale.
5. Have a game night.
Bananagrams. Monopoly. Yahtzee. Just don’t let Mario Kart come into the house unless you’re sure your marriage can handle it. If you don’t have any board games, try computer games you can play together, or download some apps for your iPhone if you’re desperate.
6. Imaginary or Future Vacation Planning.
As a planner, this is one of my favorites. Pick a place you want to go, grab a notebook and computer, and dream. Research the best resorts to stay at in Cancun, the coolest Disney parks, or the best views in Hawaii. Check out www.google.com/flights and even price your little getaway so you can save up for it. Also check out www.roadtrippers.com because it’s awesome.
7. Running/Biking/Being Outside.
I think this is self-explanatory, but Vitamin D is good stuff. I love being a homebody, but I feel so much healthier and better when we go exercise or do something outside. It’s free. I love free.
8. Cook a new recipe together.
Pinterest. What did we do before it was invented!? I could scroll down that Food & Drink page all day long. Pick out a recipe that looks delicious and make it together.
9. Ice Cream Date.
Um…duh. Chocolate and peanut butter. Forever and ever. Amen.
Danger for your wallet lurks at every cute, well-accessorized corner of this store, but if you’re able to go without taking any cash or credit cards with you, you just might make it a fun date night. Test out the furniture, drool over the clearance aisles, and try to resist baby fever as you pass the aisles of miniature shoes and baby hats.