My husband and I are currently on month 3 of our Debt Snowball plan.  If you’re not familiar with the debt snowball concept I strongly encourage you to hop over to my Book Club page to get your copy of Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover book.  

Nearly 9 years of marriage, we are still crazy in love.  

So Date Night- do you make it a priority?  The answer should be YES, make your marriage and time with your spouse high on your list of things to do.  When we began our debt snowball we looked at all the ways we could cut costs and date night was one of those things that was on the chopping block but we weren’t willing to compromise on our time with just the 2 of us.  So, we got creative.

  1. Outside the box Babysitting: usually our biggest expense of date night is babysitting so we asked friends of ours with kids similarly aged if we can do babysitting swaps.  We pick the same amount of hours and the time frame that works best for the other family.
  2. Make the most of free community events: in our Central WI Community we are lucky to have several opportunities to enjoy free outdoor concerts, farmers markets, outdoor movie nights and the list goes on.
  3. Use what you have on hand: what do you have that could whip up a creative date night? Games? Gift certificates? Athletic gear that can be used for tennis, ultimate frisbee, hiking or skiing? An inflatable kids pool to fill with blankets and pillows and enjoy a night under the stars?  Nerf guns for an indoor war on your spouse?  Have a Y membership? Put the kids in gym daycare while you play racquetball or workout together.
  4. Get outside: look into local hiking paths, bike trails, sand volleyball, go to a beach/lake, start a campfire in your own backyard.  Go explore your community on foot or bike!
  5. Date night at home: I can’t say enough about The Dating Divas.  This website is packed with marriage strengthening date nights and many are from the comfort of your home.  Perfect for those of us with small children!

What tips would you add?

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