This post is part of a series based on Laine’s Home Economics: 50 Ways We Paid Off Our House on One Income. Previous posts in the series are listed on my Budget page. Laine is a Christian woman living with her family in California and living off one income. I first started following her via an email list about 7 or 8 years ago.
Since my husband and I moved in together shortly after we met, we didn’t spend a lot of time dating. Even after we started having children, going out was not a huge priority for us. My husband is a fantastic cook, and we always preferred his cooking to restaurant cooking.
Life was a bit difficult for awhile for a number of reasons including having lots of little ones at home. At the end of the day, going out was not important. We both just wanted to collapse in bed, and go to sleep to wake up and do it all over again.
However, as our younger 4 have gotten older, and our oldest has matured enough to be an occasional babysitter, we also found ourselves wanting to spend time together without nu merous interruptions in our conversations. We also realized how important it was to put time into our own relationship even if we simply went to the produce stand together Sunday mornings or left the kids at home while we attended 10 o’clock mass.
Now, my husband and I schedule at least one date night out monthly. Since we’re on a tight budget, we stick to dessert and places where we can talk undisturbed for at least 2 hours. To get started with our list of places and activities, I talked to other moms to find out their favorite eating places. I keep a running list in Evernote which I can also access on my smartphone.
Even though my list is specific to my area, my suggestions may lead you to think of places in your own area. Local town papers and regional papers are great resources, along with the bulletin board at your local library. Don’t forget to ask other moms you know in your neighborhood, at school pickup, or during volunteering. If you don’t know someone, asking them about their favorite restaurant for a date is a fun way to get the conversational ball rolling.
Places in Southeastern Delaware County:
- Nifty Fifties – milk shakes, ice cream sundaes, pie with ice cream and a counter to sit at
- Trieste – Italian Restaurant with huge tray of homemade Italian desserts. Can sit in a booth or at the counter
- 2nd Saturday in Media – Monthly 30 businesses on and around State Street in Media Pa open late. We like to visit an old fashioned ice cream shop and window shop along State Street.
- Panera’s – good munchies and of course, coffee.
- Starbucks – again, good munchies, and why yes, they have coffee, too
- Swarthmore College – the campus is home to Scott Arboretum, always a wonderful place to wander through, plus lots of outdoor sculptures
- 1st Friday in Swarthmore
What are your favorite frugal date night ideas?
Because I love meeting new people and sharing, this post is linked to:
Frugal Friday at Life as Mom