Welcome to 2021 where the pandemic still rages and it’s still required that we stay at home or at least away from large crowds as much as possible. Throughout all the craziness, it’s still important to prioritize dating your spouse, connecting with them and keeping the romance alive.
Right now, we’re all trying to hold on to every penny in case of any emergency. Here are some ideas to connect with your love that aren’t big pocket-breaking deals. Enjoy these suggestions with your boo to show you care while holding on to some extra cash.
10 Date Night Activities That Are Budget-Friendly
- Dine-in at Chez Le Home: Transform your home into an exclusive affair for two. Dress the children as maître d’ and waitstaff to serve a delicious, home-cooked meal. For fun, have them bring the bill and clean up too! No kids? No problem! Decorate your space so it looks like the ultimate romantic restaurant and prepare your spouse’s favorite meal. Have it catered if your budget can spring for this to make it extra special and less work for you. Take pictures to commemorate the sweet date night and dress up for the enchanting affair.
- Volunteer: Spend time together blessing a group or organization in need. Now that’s love. There are so many people in need of real help as we move further and further into the pandemic. Seek out opportunities to make your community a better place while being safe and healthy together. This can look like distributing meals to the homeless or helping your elderly neighbors to retrieve medication and supplies from the stores. Reach out in your very neighborhood to see if there’s anyone in need. Someone may only require to see a friendly face and experience the joy you and your spouse emit through a conversation from a safe distance away.
- Make it a movie night: Catch up on the latest romantic comedy and butter your own popcorn for a fraction of the theatre prices. Netflix and Chill or Amazon Prime while you Dine. Binge-watch your favorite series or introduce each other to something new. Research the latest releases and plan a night where it’s nothing but you two and the remote, sharing lovingly.
- Picnic in the park, on the beach, or down by the waterfront. Get creative with location and bring your blanket and food. Some fresh air may be just the thing you and your babe need. Grab some of your favorite finger foods and head to a safe spot out in nature. You’ll love just how soothing being outside in nature is to your spirit. If you’re an active couple, take a hike or seek out an activity in your community that you can do together in the outdoors.
- Host a virtual family or couple’s game night: You’re allowed to stay up late, you won’t need babysitters! We might be all zoomed out but when’s the last time you zoomed into a game night with friends? You can even indulge in a drinking game online since you’ll be able to pass out on your own couch, no DIY’s involved. Try a game of charades or 21 questions over zoom or test each other’s knowledge on pop culture or some other topic of interest for you and your peeps.
- Open up with art: Art gallery openings are a great excuse to get fabulous, take in great art, and keep expenses for the evening to a minimum. Visit one of the city’s many art galleries or museums to make it a culturally festive experience. Art galleries are rarely crowded and many have now offered outdoor installations for viewing.
- Have a party over there: You don’t need a crowd to boogie down. Turn your living room into the coolest club in town and dance the night away with your boo, just like old times.
- Take a compatibility survey: This can be fun for couples at all stages. The results can spark interesting conversations over dinner at Chez Le Home. It brings out a chance to get to know your spouse even deeper.
- Recreate a scene: Act out scenes from your favorite romantic comedies or action movies. Keep it PG so the whole family can join in! Record it and cast the clips to the TV or even social media to enjoy a good laugh.
- Write your own poetry: Who needs Hallmark? Pen a few verses to express how you feel. Exchange them and save them. That’s true love – that’s real!
How will you enjoy the company of your spouse this year? If you are needing more ideas, take a look at these posts: Dollar Store Date Night ideas, 5 Frugal Date Night Ideas, and Home Date Night Ideas. The only thing besides the pandemic keeping you from having a memorable date with your spouse this week is: not thinking outside the box.