Soul Snack: Date Night

Alyssa at Keeping The Kingdom First posed a question to her readers about frugal date nights. Her post made me think to share about our date night which was somewhat frugal!

Well, on our date night Saturday, we attended the orchestra and had a nice dinner. Our orchestra tickets were free (thanks to Carrie's tip), but our dinner wasn't. We did splurge that night and I realized I am now officially cheap (and picky, but that's a different subject). Yes, when we left the restaurant, I was disappointed at the price we paid for the quality and service we received. The establishment has gone down in these areas and we probably won't be back again. Luckily, there are several amazing places around that we can visit in the future for an evening such as that.

But, my dining scrutiny just makes me even more thankful that God has given us the resources to buy what we do have and be able to prepare it in a safe home. My cooking usually tastes good (I'm sure my hubby would say it always tastes good) and it's cheaper. The true meaning in having a date night is reconnecting with your spouse. Ultimately, we didn't need an expensive dinner (I could have made us dinner with the kids away) or wonderful music (but, hey the orchestra was free). We just needed one another and we can get that at home or on a walk – all of which are FREE!!

And, here's a picture of me and “my man!” I really like to see him dressed up like this so maybe I'll have to tell him the put the tie on for our next walk to the park…yeah right!!

Do you have any frugal date night suggestions? Please leave a comment or visit Alyssa to share yours too! I'm seriously looking for suggestions as I feel like that is always the last thing on our list of things to do and it is clearly one of the most important for a healthy relationship!!

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on May 22, 2008

4 Comments

  • Lisa - May 22, 2008 @ 7:51 pm
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    You guys are so very cute!!!

    I can totally relate to this, going out is expensive and usually not worth it!
    Just last weekend we were invited to a restuarnt opening. The meal was free, but we had to pay for drinks and tip – we spent $40 for a “free” night out! And I could have made a better meal at home!
    But there is something special about getting all dressed up and trying something new – adds to the romance, huh?!?!

    Glad to hear you guys had a fun night out!

  • Andrea - May 22, 2008 @ 8:23 pm
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    Lisa – thanks for the comments! Yes, it is fun to get dressed up too – especially when I hardly ever see my hubby in a tie anymore!

  • Alyssa - May 23, 2008 @ 3:17 am
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    Andrea, thanks so much for your post! I hope to get some ideas, too.

    It sounds like you have “buyers remorse” about your dinner. Don’t be so hard on yourself!

    Hubby and I like to go out just for ice cream, and good conversation. If we’re lucky, it involves a coupon.

    The nice thing about being frugal is that it has rubbed off on hubby, and he is NOT afraid to use a coupon! Now that is manly!

  • Bargain Hunting Wife - May 23, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
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    There is nothing worse than planning a date night and then going somewhere with poor service or too expensive or whatever.

    We are doing a date night tonight. I got a frozen pizza for $1.25 (sale+coupon) and we are walking to Movie Gallery to redeem our free rental coupon. Even though its just the two of us, I’m looking forward to this planned night.

    A GREAT book is Marriage on the Rock: God’s Plan for Every Great Marriage by Jimmy Evans. Buy the book and workbook and do it with your spouse! We did it as part of our pre-marital counseling and loved the book!

    Other things we do:
    – walks to the ice cream shop for a treat
    – Battle of Bands are a popular summer invite where we live. We bring a picnic dinner or snacks and lawn chairs and enjoy the music

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