Dating is pressure and tension. What is a date really, but a job interview that lasts all night?…Jerry Seinfeld
A big hello this Monday morning! Musings on football and inexpensive date ideas go together, right? Both were on my mind over the weekend.
Did anyone watch the football game yesterday? I am not a huge sports fan, but I was on the edge of my seat for the 2nd half of the Seahawks/Packers game. I am still shocked that Seattle won with so little time to spare. If only the Super Bowl could be this exciting! Admittedly the Super Bowl is the only game I typically watch from start to finish during the football season. Usually it is a bit of a letdown. I prefer to focus on the snacks and commercials. The Super Bowl chatter had me thinking the big weekend is only a few weeks away. I have a recipe in mind that I want to share with you…so be on the lookout for that soon.
As Scott and I were sitting on the couch watching the game my mind wandered a bit, and I thought about dating and inexpensive date ideas. One of our goals for the year as a couple was to have a date once a week. However, when you live with someone, are married or even spending a large amount of time together…what constitutes a date? When you first date someone everything is fairly formal. You go out to dinner more often, dress up and the whole process is unfamiar territory. You would never dream of asking this person to go with you to the bank or to make a return at Target.
However, as we become more involved things inevitably become more casual. More time together means that the dating budget has to stretch a bit more too. It has to incorporate inexpensive date ideas.. An elaborate dinner, concerts or shows cannot be an everyday occurrence. Sometimes you need to get creative with fun activities because there are times in life when you have less money to spend. As I was planning future ideas for us I considered some of my current go-to activities. I also thought they would be fun to share here in case you are searching for some inexpensive date ideas for yourself.
Inexpensive Date Ideas
Coffee! I love coffee and in my opinion it is a great way to catch up and spend time with someone. You can grab a snack too, but the focus is on quality time. You can pretty much find a Starbucks anywhere, but it is cool to search out coffee places that are unique to your area. Austin has Picnik, and it is one of my favorite spots.
Pick a Recipe to Make Together
The key to creating a fun evening together is to make your kitchen a little closer to a restaurant. No computers or checking your phone constantly. Wear real clothes (no sweat pants) and choose a recipe to make together. Cue up some music, and pour a glass of wine. While there is some drudgery involved (pots and pans) you can still enjoy the whole process together.
Errands, Shopping & All that Jazz
My mom and I are very close and always did our errands together when we lived close to each other. If you want to simply spent time with some often going to the post office, bank or even the dreaded return at Target is a little brighter because you have a buddy. Plus it is productive at the same time.
Scott and I stop at the farmers market on our way from church. We will spend more or less time there depending on the day. If you have time to spend there are always samples and different food trucks that offer some inexpensive eating options.
The options are endless here. You certain do not have to be a die-hard gym go-er either. Walking, training for a race or hiking are fun ways to get active. Of course with the weather being what it is right now maybe a class or something indoors is a better solution. Scott joined me for cardio the other day and it was really nice to have the company.
He focuses on weight lifting and sprinting at the track, but since it has been cold he figured it was good just to get in some movement.
Most people agree that games are just fun. I am more a game than a puzzle person, but I will do both. Get some snacks together, pick out a game, and go!
Wine & Snacks
Speaking of snacks, wine and snacks are a nice way to go for a little “mini-date” for when a dinner feels like a lot of effort. I shared some of my favorite snacks in a post a little ways back. Paired with an inexpensive wine, and it can be a nice night.
Probably not completely original, but if you skip the food treats this is a date that is not too expensive either. Since everyone’s taste in movies differs a little bit, I like to take turns as to who picks a movie. It is also nice to stay at home and watch a movie, but get your snacks together, dim the lights and focus on the screen. In other words, silence your social media updates. 🙂
Groupon or Amazon Local
A great way to save and try new things at the same time! I was searched around, and saw lots of local attractions like massages, painting, museums, SUP (stand up paddle boarding) and the zoo. Make sure you can use your deal within the time allotted, but otherwise, it can be a way to explore your area without breaking the bank.
This time of year it can be really easy to get sucked into the vortex of binge watching TV. I have nothing against that, but try to put a time or episode limit on such things. Dress up a little, be creative and show your special someone you care. In my opinion, that is really what any date should be.
I have to head into the gym today to fill out some paperwork as a new hire and get on the schedule. Hopefully soon! I did not do as much studying as I probably should have this weekend so that is where my focus will be this afternoon.I will see you here tomorrow with an update on the exercise demo videos we made for Psyche Truth a couple of months ago. That is all for now!
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