3 Date Night Ideas for Parents on a Budget

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With all the hustle and bustle of back-to-school and other big schedule changes that happen this time of year, you likely have been stressed out and missing out on one-on-one time with your sweetie.  If your budget’s busted from buying backpacks and new shoes, adding another expense to the list might seem overwhelming.

Not to worry. We have three fabulous date night inspirations for you that will help you reconnect on a dime:

1. Search Out Free Events

A little looking can go a long way when you’re trying to find a deal on date night activities. Most areas have free events and activities that you may not even know about until you get online and search.  For example, you can go kayaking for free on the Hudson River in NYC, kayak rental included.  If you’re in Boston, you can head to the Institute of Contemporary Art on Thursdays from 5-9pm for free admission.  If you’re in DC, odds are you’re no stranger to the free museums and national monuments that are free to the public everyday.  Do a little searching in your city typing in “free activities +(your city here)” in your search engine.  It may just surprise you what you can do without spending a penny.

2. Look at Group Buying Sites

Group buying sites, like Groupon, are a great way to score a great deal.  Whether you want to go out for a nice dinner, head to the theater, try a new sporting activity, or even get away for the weekend, there are steep discounts to be had.  We’ve also found using Groupon has been a great way to expose us to new things to do we wouldn’t have otherwise known existed.  We’ve seen beer brewing courses and hot air balloon rides, ziplining and magic shows, all of which we never would have known about had we not checked out group buying sites.  The biggest thing to watch out for on these sites is the dates in the fine print.  Sometimes you can only use for voucher on certain days of the week, and almost all of them have expiration dates.  Be sure you’ll be able to use yours on your schedule before purchasing.

3. Go Back to the Days When It Was Just You Two

Remember the days before kids?  Where you’d relax at home or head out to a friend’s house together at the drop of a hat?  We know, it feels like an eternity ago.  But you can recreate that freedom without being a bad parent.  Ask grandma or a sitter if they’d be willing to host a sleepover for one night so that you can have your home to yourselves.  Don’t make any big plans.  Just hang out.  See where spontaneity takes you.  You may end up cuddling and watching movies together all night, or you may end up at a party before the evening’s through.  Don’t set expectations.  Just plan for a free night, and enjoy the brief reprieve it gives you from your day-to-day responsibilities.

Love.  It’s What Brings Us Together.

It doesn’t take a lot of money to have a great time, especially together.  If the goal is to connect one-on-one with someone you love, there’s no shortage of ways to do so on a budget.