DH & I got to go out (without kids!!) twice in December. We attended a party and a wedding reception -- and I realized how LONG it had been since we were able to just enjoy some time together, and more importantly how much I missed it! One of my goals for 2009 was to take time each month to spend time alone with my dear darling.
Unfortunately, nobody else we know is getting married soon and there are no parties we've been invited to coming up. My sister is kind enough to watch the kids without payment, so I had to find something inexpensive to do with our free afternoon yesterday.
When we were dating, we used to go to the movies at least once a week. We haven't been to a movie (that wasn't in our living room) as a couple in a long time, so I thought that would be a good way to spend our afternoon. Did you know that even at matinee prices, it would have cost us $14.50 to see a first-run movie??
In the end, we decided to see a movie at the $2 theater, and split a sandwich and drink for lunch. Even with buying a small popcorn at the theater, total cost was $16! That's an amount I could easily fit into our budget AND I got to spend a few hours alone with my husband.
I'm committed to making dates happen monthly this year. We're already thinking of taking a hike next month (no cost), and a visit to the university's art museum (donation requested). I'd like to keep our dates under $20 if at all possible, and I think I can do it!
Share your inexpensive date ideas in the comments! I'd love to have more ideas to pencil into the calendar.