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Let’s get real for a second and talk about relationships.
They’re hard work, am I right? And if you’ve been with your guy for a while that spark that you had at the beginning of your relationship might have turned into a glowing ember…or maybe it’s even fizzled out, seeking to be rekindled but getting lost in the chaos of life. Add kids into the mix and keeping the romance alive is harder still.
So with that in mind I wanted to offer some date night inspiration that can help reignite the fire in your relationship while still being super affordable!
1) DIY Workshop
Updating a space in your home? Visit your local Home Depot for a free DIY workshop where each month you can learn how to tackle a home project with confidence! You can register online here.
2) Visit The Place Where Your Relationship Began
Maybe this is a restaurant, a high school or college campus, or a place you used to work….maybe it’s none of the above (…maybe it’s two of the above *wink*). The point is, wherever that is and if it’s in driving distance, go there! You know how certain smells can bring back a memory or feeling? I think being at a location that has significance to you can do the same! Share with one another about those days when you met and were first falling in love. What were the things that you first noticed about each other and really grabbed your attention? Enjoy the conversation and start feeling the butterflies again!
3) Split Dinner and Dessert
This one is pretty simple! It’s something my husband and I do when we want a night out while still conserving the cash because, c’mon, who doesn’t love a win-win? On the plus side, you might have a little extra to splurge on a beverage if you’re feeling fancy! Oh and bonus points if you go somewhere with complimentary bread! (Carb lover over here, okay? Also, I love free things.)
4) Go To An Outdoor Shopping Center
Sometimes for our date night we like to go to our local outdoor shopping center to just mingle with society together. Call me weird but I find it invigorating, particularly in the chillier months when it’s more festive. What’s also great is there is often live music that is free to the public! And if not, just spend time together window shopping or browsing the bookstore, looking for interesting titles you can borrow from the library or on your eBook reader. Tell me I am not the only one who enjoys doing this.
5) Check Out The Performing Arts At A Local University
So fun fact…I was a music major in college so here is an insider tip! You can go see performing arts events at your local university for very little to no cost. Jazz ensemble, chamber orchestra, or featured soloists are just a few events you might see listed on the university’s performance calendar. So do yourself a favor and check out what’s going on in your area!
6) Go Out For A Cup Of Coffee and Share Your Dreams For The Future
Okay, so you knew coffee was going to be on the list, right? But seriously, grab a cup of joe and reconnect over where you want to see life take you. Just talking about something other than the day to day grind really helps us to keep learning about each other. My husband and I do this every now and then and it’s interesting to see how our dreams evolve as time passes. I love doing this for a date because it’s super inexpensive AND it involves one of my favorite things. It’s a great way reconnect and grow in our relationship.
7) Have A Romantic Night In
Make a playlist of all your favorite songs from early on in your relationship and play it while you make chocolate covered strawberries together. Then pour a couple glasses of wine, grab those berries and curl up to watch a movie you’ve both been dying to see!
8) Tour A Local Museum
Find a museum in your area that peaks your interest. Very often admission is free and it’s a great opportunity to learn something new together!
9) Ask 20 Questions
Have you every found yourself at that point in your relationship where you’ve subconsciously decided you know each other well enough? Where you stop asking questions to learn about one another? Break that cycle by taking a walk hand in hand around your city or town and take turns asking each other whatever 20 questions you pick! Here’s a handy list of 81 questions to choose from!
10) Create A New Recipe
Have a few items in your pantry that are feeling ignored? Try your culinary hand at finding items you think will work well together and create a new recipe! You might want to have a frozen pizza on hand just in case your attempt turns cringeworthy.