Just because you’ve been married for a dozen years or so doesn’t mean you will have another dozen years together ahead of you. Consistently dating your spouse can be an amazing way to help create a successful and fulfilling marriage. That said, going on a good date can be incredibly expensive. Once you’ve paid for a babysitter, gone out to eat, and bought a couple of movie tickets you’ve easily just spent $100. While I fully support couples’ efforts of incorporating a date night each week, you don’t have to budget an extra $5,200 a year just to remember why you married your spouse.
Be creative and think outside the box. Planning a date night at home can save a couple tons of money and headache. If you have children, waiting until after they have been put to bed can be a great time to have a date night at home over your favorite meal and a bottle of wine. Or better yet, kids are always looking for ways to be set apart, or to shine in their parents’ eyes. Giving an older sibling the opportunity to babysit a younger sibling while you are having a quiet dinner in the next room is not only a great opportunity for preparing your children to babysit when they get older, but will also give them a sense of pride because they helped mom and dad have a special evening together.
The key to an enjoyable marriage is to remain friends, and creativity is essential for finding ways to connect with one another, especially if you have children. Couples all too often get caught up in the busyness of life ultimately leading to the demise of their relationship. Don’t let your busyness keep you from building and maintaining a fulfilling marriage.