Keeping things alive in your relationship can be difficult, especially when battling through the demands of an undergraduate degree, work schedules, and a young family. When is there any time to get together on a date? How can funds be found to afford semi-frequent outings? I’m sure some of these questions sound familiar to you… I know they’ve been regular thoughts of mine!
After all the trials my little family have gone through, those questions have become the forefront of our minds – especially the ongoing battle of finances! Difficulties aside, my husband and I have managed to keep our dating life alive, even on a tight budget.
Upon asking my Mum about this topic she told me: “dates don’t have to cost the earth! Sometimes a fun date just needs to be a walk somewhere or a chance to hang out with some friends.” That really leads me onto the purpose of this post. I want to share some of the ideas my husband and I have come up with – dates without spending all that money!
As there is nothing more fun than throwing things at one another, why not make it a date?! This idea allows the group to casually flirt while unlocking the inner child. The only materials needed are a bucket of water balloons; typically you can get a massive bag from a dollar store. If your group wants to really get into things, make it more challenging with territories and hiding places to enhance the activity.
Making the game personal would allows you to get to know each other a little better. Have each couple ask trivial questions about their dates, for example, “what is MY favorite food?” If the answer they give is wrong then launch a balloon at them! Hopefully they will remember next time!
Also try water volleyball as a group. Along with the water balloons, each couple needs a towel which becomes their balloon launcher. After catapulting your water bomb into the air, the opponents challenge is to catch it in their towel or else they are splashed!
This is obviously a great one to do as just the one couple or as a group. My husband and I love taking a picnic blanket and a basket of food found from around the house, then going and sitting anywhere local with some friends. It gave us the chance to talk the time away together. It’s nice to feel that we can all just escape from the world for a couple of hours, loosing ourselves in whatever topic of conversation we please.
If you want to make the picnic more romantic (i.e as just the one couple) then take along some chocolate covered strawberries, candles and star gaze for a while. Remember, the simple things often mean the most – becoming the truly unforgettable dates.
I am going to confess, the food fight we organized with some friends was perhaps the funniest group date we’ve ever had. My husband and I teamed up against other couples after dinner. We took to the stores to purchase ‘ammo’ – everything from syrup, pickles, flour, tomato ketchup and peanut butter was bought and taken to an open field. There was no need for an intense plan to be made, the only strategy needed was to smother the opponent in as much mess as possible.
By the end of the date we had only spent about $7 and were all completely covered in all sorts of smelly gunk. However, we were all laughing and had had the most fun ever. See the above picture!
As a child, I always loved the adrenaline of hiding away in some obscure place, waiting to be found. Hide and seek in cars is just as
Only one car has the task of hiding. Once they feel they are in the perfect spot, the challenge begins. Clues are sent out via text to the others car of their location (without giving too many hints!). Each clue that’s sent leads the other cars to the hider’s destination. fun. The more teams/couples in cars the merrier with this game. As a group, set up a perimeter in which the game resides, these are the boundaries in which you hide. After setting up these surroundings and ensuring each team has a phone, select which will be hiding.
The first car to find them is the next car to hide.
Important tip: The more cryptic/vague the clue the harder the task is (we would always send out riddles accompanied with weird pictures). At the end of the day, it’s fun when people do start finding each other; this game gets super competitive.
You don’t have to be on the streets of New York to be a tourist. Why not become a tourist in your hometown and see what new things you can discover together. Take the time beforehand to brainstorm some sites you would want to see, or places you would want to visit if you were visiting your town for the first time. Then make those ideas become a reality!
I am sure there is something new to see, or a new store to discover together. Even if its trying out a new ice-cream store, being together and putting your ideas into action will bring you closer together naturally.
I think what we have discovered is, money may buy some nice flowers, a box of chocolates or a diamond ring however, it isn’t necessary for a fun evening together! My Mum always used to tell me that “Love was friendship set on fire,” and these simple activates will definitely prove to you that the person you are dating is a friend, or it will show you that you have nothing in common and are better of looking elsewhere!