I'm sure you've all been there, especially if you are a parent. You want to have a date night with your spouse but you don't have the extra money to spend, you can't find or afford a babysitter, or you can't seem to find the time and if you do manage to get a night out you will usually end up spending half of your money on the babysitter or something comes up so you have to cancel your date last minute. Regardless your situation, every parent needs a night out or in this case, a night in, every once and a while. Not only is it good to spend some quality time with your spouse but it is also nice to take a break from the kids and your job and just enjoy yourself so next time you are dying to go out but can't afford it or just need some one on one time with your spouse, send the kids to grandma's house or put them down for bed a little early and plan a stay at home date night. Stay at home date nights are great because it allows you that extra time to catch up with your spouse, kid free, and they are a lot cheaper than going out.
Stay at home dates don't have to be just dinner and a movie, you can make them fun by trying new things. Here are a few budget friendly stay at home date night ideas:
- Adult Fort - build a fort in the living room and camp out all night while watching your favorite movies and eating your favorite snack foods.
- Beer Tasting/Wine Tasting - buy several different brands of beer or wine, they don't have to be expensive brands, and host a beer/wine tasting. Make sure to keep track of which ones you like best. Have a tray of cheese, meats, nuts, and chocolate to snack on between tastings. You can create your own 6 pack at certain liquor stores, Meijer and Kroger.
- Bible Study - have a bible study together, create a prayer list and pray together. Once you are done you can watch christian movies together. God's Not Dead, Heaven is for Real, Miracles from Heaven, Love Dare, and Fireproof to name a few.
- Bonfire - sit by the fire roasting marshmallows or hot dogs, make s'mores and share some of your favorite memories.
- Book Club - grab a cup of hot chocolate, tea or wine and relax on the couch, in bed or by the fire reading a book of your choice. To make it more interesting you both can read the same book and discuss it as you read. You can buy two copies of the book or check it out at your local library.
- Bucket List - create a couple's bucket list or a family bucket list of all the things you would like to do together or as a family and try to do at least one of those things on the list before the night is over.
- Chocolate Fondue - melt some chocolate over the stove, in the crock pot, or pull out a chocolate fountain. Prepare a bunch of sides or finger food type items and dip them in chocolate. You'd be surprised how good some things taste when you add chocolate. It's kind of like an at home, cheaper version of the Melting Pot.
- Create a Game - get creative and try to come up with a new game. It can be a board game or an outdoor game. Set the rules, make the pieces if needed and play your new game. Share it with your friends and family next time you see them.
- Dance Party - dress up, turn up the music and have a dance party. You can learn a new dance that you've always wanted to learn such as the Tango, Salsa, Hip-Hop or just stick to free style. Throw in a slow song every now and then. You can find dance tutorials online.
- Date Jar/Hint Box - while watching your favorite movie or listening to your favorite playlist, create a Date Jar, a Hint Box or both with your spouse.
- A Date Jar is a jar that contains several different date for your spouse and you to go on. You can color coordinate the dates based on cost, etc... Whenever you want to go on a date, draw from the jar and go on it.
- The Hint Box is a box that contains cheap or free items such as your favorite candy, drink, movie, color, lotion, ice cream, etc... and whenever your spouse feels like doing something cute for you they can take a hint! You both need to create your own Hint Box for the other to use.
- Yellow Theme Example: eat only yellow foods (banana, yellow rice, captain crunch, corn bread, corn, etc...), wear the color yellow, watch a movie (Old Yeller, Despicable Me, Minions, etc...), play games in yellow boxes or that use the color yellow (Mad Gab, Taboo, Twister)
When planning a stay at home date night, try to come up with something you haven't done in a while and don't be afraid to act like a kid again.You can leave clues throughout the day for your spouse to find to get them excited for the date night or send a text letting them know you can't wait to spend some quality time with them. Dating your spouse doesn't have to be hard or expensive, it can be as simple as cuddling on the couch and watching a movie while you catch up. The whole purpose of these dates are to spend some time having fun and relaxing with your spouse so don't get to stressed about planning a date. I hope you enjoyed these date ideas and have fun partaking in the, feel free to share more budget friendly stay at home date ideas in the comments below!