Once you become parents, finding the space and energy for spending time together as a couple can be tricky. And once you add in the cost of a babysitter, nights out can be pretty expensive too, but it is still important to make time to be together as a couple and“date nights”are a great way to keep the spark going between you and your partner. Setting aside a bit of time once a week or even once a month to spend with each other is great for a healthy relationship.
Whether you are married or in a long-term partnership, here are a few date night ideas that wont break the bank balance.
Watch a film
It may be a little old hat, but there’s nothing wrong with a cuddle while watching a film. Going to the cinema offers a great change of scenery from work or looking after the kids, but if you’re unable to find a babysitter staying at home can be just as much fun. Once the kids are in bed, open a bottle of wine and snuggle on the sofa in front of a good film.
Have a games night
Share a bottle of wine and play some games! It can be so much fun and as you’re not leaving the house this kind of “date night” doesn’t have to cost the earth. Get out a pack of cards and try to beat you partner at gin rummy or blackjack. Or did out some board game classics like Scrabble or Monopoly and play together. Why not give online gaming a go? You don’t need to bet any money unless you want the excitement of a flutter and there are plenty of sites that offer free bingo with no deposit.
Wine and dine
Going out to a restaurant can be very romantic, but staying at home can be just as special. Prepare a candlelit meal for your partner.
If your date night is on a work evening, the idea of cooking an all-out romantic dinner for the two of you might seem like a bit too much effort – which is why you should go for something simple, but delicious. There are some great ideas on BBC Good Food for meals that only need 5 ingredients; less time cooking means more time to spend with your spouse.
Enjoy a romantic stroll
Find time to head out on a walk together. You don’t have to trek for miles, even a short stroll holding hands while you watch the sun set is a lovely way to be together. And, of course, fresh air doesn’t cost a penny.
It’s not uncommon for you and your partner to have totally different interests, which can lead to some (friendly!) arguments about your chosen activities. Good Housekeeping recommends meeting in the middle – compromising to find something you both enjoy.
If you love musicals but he’s more of a dramatic at heart, go to see an opera. If you’re a bit of a gastronomic guru but he prefers a pie and beer, have dinner at a gastro pub for refined takes on traditional grub.