By Martin A. Smith, CRPC®, AIFA®, President, Retirement Planning Financial Advisor™, Wealthcare Financial Group,...
Enjoying a date with your loved one doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little creativity, date night at home is just as enjoyable—if not more so—than a night out on the town. Avoid the crowds and noise of busy date night establishments and get started with planning your next date night. Here are 7 tips for a date night at home:
Cook a Special Meal Together – Gather ideas from YouTube or Pinterest. Prepare ahead of time by visiting a local farmer’s market or a grocery store to gather all the necessary ingredients. Prepare the meal together, either by following a recipe or watching a cooking video. If you’re too tired after a long day at work, you can still make mealtime romantic by eating takeout by candlelight. An indoor picnic is another fun option, especially on a rainy evening.
Play a Game Together – From card games to video games, a little friendly competition just might make the sparks fly. Even board games can be fun and a great way to focus more on interacting with one another instead of your smartphones.
Plan a Movie Marathon – Rent movies you’ve wanted to see but haven’t had time to watch, or revisit some of your favorite ones. Make popcorn and gather your favorite snacks. For extra fun, place a large inflatable mattress in front of the TV and camp out for extra coziness.
Indulge in a Spa Night – Massages, bubble baths, and candlelight make for an inexpensive way to unwind with your loved one. Add soft background music and a couple of glasses of wine for added ambiance.
Work on a Project Together – Whether it’s a home improvement project or building something craft related. You’ll take great pride in the finished product, especially knowing that you did it together.
Camp Out in Your Backyard – Be adventurous with a campout in your own backyard. If your community allows it, consider lighting a fire pit and roasting marshmallows. The cool air just might make for better sleep and you’re never far from the amenities of home!
Power Off and Unplug – No one likes to be without power—however, powering off the lights and unplugging your technical devices is relaxing and romantic. Light candles or use flameless ones to light the room and focus on each other. Spend time talking and playing simple guessing games, such as naming three things you remember about the day you met.
Date night doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. By using creative ideas, you will most likely find that staying home can be just as much fun as going out. There are no long lines and no chance of overspending your budget. Additionally, there are no crowds and noise. Put your hard earned money to better use by saving it on a simple date night at home.
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