Having a date night can be a godsend to married couples with kids, but you need to include all that date money in your budget, and being a parent isn’t cheap. Many adults in marriages or serious relationships work to schedule in a monthly date night, which at least gives you one night, once in awhile, where it’s all about your relationship and you can have some time away from the kids.
You don’t really have to spend a ton of money to have a date night once in awhile. You can do lots of great fun things on the cheap. The point is having some time with your significant other to bond and enjoy each other, alone, or at least without the kids monopolizing your attention.
Limit Big Romantic Dates
Romantic dates are a must in every relationship, but you don’t need to do them all the time, and they don’t always need to be at a fancy, expensive restaurant. Save the big, expensive romantic dates for the holidays, like Valentine’s Day and Sweetest Day.
You could have a jar that you save up your change and small bills in that can be used every few months to pay for a more romantic night out (maybe even a motel room), and then stick with the more casual dates for the other months.
Opt For The More Casual
Casual dates can be both fun and easy, and they can cost a lot less. One of the best casual dates for those that are married with families is to send the kids off to their grandparents and have a romantic evening at home. Light candles, make a special meal, and watch a romcom while snuggles in each other’s arms.
Even if you go out, you don’t have to spend a ton. Do something childish and fun, like going bowling or roller skating. Go see a movie and have dinner at your favorite casual restaurant.
Plan Something Cheap And Special
You can also do something super special, without spending a lot of money. Plan a picnic, and feed each other finger foods while you enjoy the beauty of the park. Rent a boat for a few hours and enjoy some fishing on a small lake.
Maybe you want to get dressed up, more than casually, but still just go out on a casual night. Kind of like prom goers stopping for fast food in their fancy clothes. It can be fun and adventurous, and still not cost you a ton of money.
Your relationship needs a little romance once in awhile, even if it’s only once a month. Kids and jobs can easily monopolize much of your time, and if you don’t make time for your relationship it could start to fall apart.