Last night, I didn’t get a chance to post for Frugal Friday because my husband and I were having a date night. During this season of our life, that doesn’t necessarily look like it used to. However, it can still be fun and, yes, frugal.
Going on dates doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank. There are plenty of free or cheap options: outdoor movies your town puts on (bring your own snacks), grabbing an ice cream and walking around a town square, going on a hike and eat a homemade picnic at your destination…the possibilities are endless. Another option is one that my husband and I have been doing a lot more of recently: dating at home.
With an almost 11 month old baby who decided sleeping through the night was for the birds and not many friends/family in the area, staying at home is way less stressful for us right now. During the month of October, I’ve planned 5 different Halloween-y movie dates. I have the option of completely theming out the night or going a bit more bare bones. Last night, after both of us had very busy weeks, we decided simpler was better.
The movie of the night was Edward Scissorhands (fun fact: first movie that ever made me cry). I was originally planning on us making a meal together in the kitchen, but we were tired, so we just had some yummy leftover pasta instead. I also bought my husband’s favorite candy for our movie snack: peanut M&Ms. Since Owen was asleep, and sound travels ridiculously well in our house, we decided to set up the movie on a laptop propped on our bed with computer speakers attached. We cuddled underneath the comforter while watching a movie and eating dinner. It was the perfect date!
If you want to put a little more effort towards it, there’s also the possibility of theming it out. One year for my husband’s birthday, I went all out. He was saying how he missed his hometown (beach town in California) a lot, so I did a beach inspired dinner. I moved our old dinner table to the living room, underneath a large print of a picture I took in Hawaii while on our honeymoon. I found a really yummy recipe for clams and served it with plenty of nice bread and a salad, and, on the tv, I had the video from when we snorkled with wild dolphins (also on our honeymoon in Hawaii) playing. My husband said it made him feel like he was at one of his favorite restaurants on the beach. Mission accomplished.
Some fun things, aside from dinner, that you can make to go with a movie: popcorn (I buy bags of kernals and then add my own flavor after we pop a handful), flavored coffee, hot cocoa, apple cider, Chex mix, trail mix, etc. The possibilities are endless! Themed or not themed, date nights at home can be a lot of fun and make you feel like you’re a million miles away, even if you’re just in your living room.