Date nights are so important for healthy relationships. When you first start dating, your relationship is typically comprised of dinners out, going to the movies, and a million other moments where the two of you get to have fun and enjoy each other. Once you have been together for a while and are living together (and maybe even have children), the stress of real life might start to take a toll on your relationship.
This is why it’s important to specifically schedule time for just the two of you to go out. Whether date night becomes a weekly, biweekly, monthly, or even bimonthly thing, it gives you both some time together to look forward to. There are a million-and-one date night ideas that you can find online, but some of those glamorous ideas can get a little pricey – especially if you have to factor in child care.
Here is a list of budget-friendly date night ideas that are Liz approved:
- Unplugged – Spend a night together at home with no electronics. Put your phones away and turn the television off. This could mean cooking dinner together, playing a board game, or having a bonfire in your backyard with just the two of you.
- Brewery tour – Tour a local brewery and buy a sampler of beers to share. This date night teaches you about the art of beer-making (one of my husband’s passions) and you will get a better appreciation of the final product.
- Sporting Event – Go to a college basketball game, a local baseball game, or an AHL (hockey) game. Tickets are relatively cheap and you might even be able to find coupons online for tickets BOGO or for a discount.
- Picnic – If you have a day off together, it is the perfect opportunity to pack a lunch/dinner, find a beautiful scene, and enjoy your time together with your favorite foods.
- Hiking – Enjoy the outdoors with the benefits of exercise. Do you have a favorite trail or a place you have been wanting to check out? Now is the time! Bring some snacks (water too) and find a spot to sit and relax on your hike. Take the time to talk about your dreams and where you hope to be in the years to come.
- Go for a Drive – We do this a lot. Just get in the car, fill up the tank, and drive. Turn onto roads you haven’t before, look for places to go back to sometime, and enjoy your significant other…even when obnoxiously sing every song on the radio (my poor husband)
- Window Shopping – There is nothing wrong with aimlessly roaming around stores. We have had some of our biggest laughs looking at bizarre products and enjoying holiday decorations.
- Movie Night – Rent a movie from your local RedBox or off your smart television to watch together. The best part is that you don’t have to sneak your snacks into the theater. You can make or buy whatever food you want and enjoy the time together.
- Tea Time – Find yourself a little cafe and enjoy some tea or coffee while chatting about your hobbies, dreams, and bucket list. We sometimes sit and actually write down a list of things we want to see and accomplish in our lives. Putting it on paper together not only puts us on the same page (pun intended) with our aspirations, but helps us to grow closer knowing that we are striving for the same things.
The best times are those spent with the ones you love. It doesn’t matter what you do when you are together, but schedule time to get out of your normal routine and see each other in a new light.