Focus on Connection, Not Consumption, to Keep Dating Inexpensive
Every couple needs to date from time to time. If you’re on a budget (or just want to be frugal), dating ideas can be difficult. To help, focus on the connection between both partners rather than the activity itself.
As the personal finance blog Pretend to Be Poor explains, we can easily lose the meaning of dating in what we think dating should be like. Going to the movies, having dinner, or going on a trip is fun, but it’s not necessary for a date. Sometimes a date can be as simple as setting off a night out to cook dinner together and watch Netflix:
Dating is about connection, not consumption. When you have children, you need to hang out somewhere. This is a conversation that is ubiquitously associated with eating together. It’s about shared experience; do something outside of your routine. It doesn’t have to be skydiving or horse riding, but it probably shouldn’t be grocery shopping.
Focusing on how you will communicate with your partner is also a helpful way to come up with new dating ideas. Instead of going on a date because you saw it in a movie, you can tailor the activities to suit your common interests. The more you focus on what brings you together, the more likely you are to have a great date, no matter how much it costs.