Something we have been good about for years is doing weekly date nights. My husband and I don’t have any children together, I have a son who we have Mondays and Tuesdays and every other Friday & weekend. So on Wednesdays we do date night.
Date night totally depends on the week. We used to eat out a lot, but last year in the last 90 days of the year in challenged myself to no soda and only eating out once a week. It worked and we only eat out once a week, one meal and that is usually on a Wednesday night.
This is so important to know that weekly we have a time for just us, phones down either going out to eat or doing something fun. Due to Covid, some of those date nights have been drives in the car since my husband loves drives and picking up takeout from somewhere. Pre Covid we always went out to eat, since Covid we just pick up takeout and take the night off cooking.
We also grocery shop every Sunday usually. My son is old enough to stay home when we go and he is at our house. Grocery shopping then turns into a type of date night. We have planned out what we will eat for the week and know what to buy. But this trip is nice because it’s just us and something we can do together. We use the app that Safeway and Albertsons have, so it’s also turned into a game to see how much we save each trip. The most we saved on one trip was like $60, half of what was due. It’s the little things in life sometimes that make us happy. Feels like such a win to spend a few on the app to save a lot of money. We also always go in with a list, a plan for meals for the week and we stick to that. That’s huge financially and not buying crap you don’t need.
Someday restrictions will be up and life will go back to normal and we can have true date nights again, you know, like going to a restaurant and eating, going to a movie, doing float tanks on date night, going bowling or to top golf. Someday. Until then it’s takeout, grocery shopping, car drives together and really spending time together and making the best out of it all.