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If you have been reading here for any length of time you know that I believe in the importance of regularly dating your spouse.
I also believe that dating can fit in any budget no matter how tight. In fact I have written numerous articles full of ideas of how to date for less.
- 10 Fall Dates That Cost Zero
- Where We Save & Where We Splurge On Our Weekend Getaways For 2
- 10 Summer Dates That Cost Zero
- 10 Ways Thrifty People Celebrate Valentine’s Day For Less
- 5 Date Ideas For $5 Or Less
- 10 Ways Thrifty People Dinner Date
- 10 Dates Thrifty People Take
- Frugal Valentine Series
- How To Earn Enough Swag Bucks To Pay For A Dinner For Two Each Month
Lately though I have been feeling like my hubby and I are in a thrifty date night rut. Short dates have become a trip to the hardware store for supplies, and longer dates always seem to end with grocery shopping.
Which made me pick up and read a copy of $10 Great Dates: Connecting Love, Marriage, and Fun On A Budget last week. I was hoping to find a few inexpensive ideas to blast us out of our same thrifty date over and over rut.
I honestly opened it up with low expectations think surly I would just find the same things you find in free blog posts about thrifty dating. However, I ended up highlighting several areas of the book and came away with at least half a dozen new thrifty date ideas for my husband and I to try.
Another thing I really loved about $10 Great Dates were the insightful advice from the authors on what it takes to build a good marriage.
Advice on why couples should intentionally stay out of date ruts
“..predictable dinner-and-a-movie dates have less impact than dates that stretch you and take you out of your normal routine. New experiences help bond together and often result in a big payoff for your marriage”.
Advice on why to intentionally set time aside for dating
“With so many things competing for our time, dates rarely just happen naturally. A date communicates, “I choose you as a priority, and I want to be intentional about nurturing our relationship”
Advice on the elements for a great date
“quality time together, giving each of you a break from your normal routine, a shared activity and conversation”
A Few More Reasons I loved $10 Great Dates
Each and every date in $10 Great Dates can be taken for $10 or less. The book has ideas for all seasons. The authors lay out what to do to prepare for the date, what to do during the date, and gives insightful take-a-ways that will build your marriage.
If you and your hubby are in a date rut, or you are struggling for ideas of how to date on a tight budget. I suggest reading $10 Great Dates.
For a list of 52 different websites, apps, and stores our thrifty family uses to help us keep our expenses low, click here to visit our Thrifty Tools Resource Page.