Our family has been playing catch with a nasty cough that is just debilitating enough to keep me from our regularly scheduled programming. This has included pretty much all online communication, various home school activities, and of course, this little corner of our world. Not to fear: we didn’t drop the ball on our most important resolution for the year: 52 Cheap Date Challenge 2014!
We’ve been working on taking a cheap date each week- some days are more exciting than others. A few dates ago, I posted that we spent some time reminiscing over our time together. That may not sound so fun to some, but I assure you, we really enjoyed it! The idea isn’t so much what we do, but that we do something. Pretty much anything qualifies as a date in my book. There are no “points” for creativity or great ideas. And for us, it has to usually be something pretty creative and mostly contained at-home.
To get on with it all ready:
Date #5: Ordering in Thai
This doesn’t seem like the most amazing thing ever. We don’t live in a big city, however, so it is kind of a huge deal. One of the local businesses is a delivery service for the local restaurants that don’t offer delivery. It’s a pretty cool set-up and ingenious, if you ask me. We fed the kids leftovers, read the books, tucked them in, sung songs, kissed goodnight. By the time that was over, we had Red Curry and Garlic Chicken at our front door. Candles lit. Wine poured. Dinner was served. We don’t order in. Ever. This was a huge treat as curry is a favorite of mine!
Date #6: Date Night Swap
Since our move, I’ve made a few friends within a mom’s group. I proposed a date night swap: one mom would come babysit for me and my husband, and a different night I’d do the babysitting. It turns out that another mom was up for it! I was really excited because we have been really wanting to get out of the house! We went out for drinks, appetizers & dessert and had a really great time. It had been way too long since we’d been out doing something together– it almost felt foreign! The benefit of having someone that I already knew in our home was awesome. We also made it easier by heading out after the kids went to bed. Admittedly this wasn’t the cheapest of dates. Eating out never is. However, I feel like I can still consider this cheaper because I saved us $40-50 on a sitter for the evening and the hassle of pick-up & drop-off.
What about you? Have you had any great cheap dates that you’d like to share?