by Erika Townsend
With the U.S. House of Representatives recently passing an 819 billion dollar stimulus package, you may be wondering where you can find a little relief for your pockets. Everyone seems to be pinching pennies these days. But that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice a fun day or night out with your partner. The key to this enjoyment is an open-mind, creativity, and flexibility.
First, we have to rethink what constitutes a great evening out on the town. For some, that may mean trading in fine dining for a quaint restaurant or pub. If you think that would be a hard transition, try having drinks and appetizers at your favorite upscale restaurant for the ambiance, and make dinner and dessert at home.
For others who have already had to trade in lavish living, that may mean a matinee viewing of the latest blockbuster movie or a subscription to Netflix that allows for unlimited movie viewing in the comfort of your home. The point is to find cheaper alternatives for what you enjoy doing with your mate.
It may take some creativity. If you are the outdoors type, opt for an afternoon at the park versus a weekend getaway in the mountains. If you just have to go to the mountains, try roughing it by camping in a state park versus staying in a hotel. If camping is out of the question, book your travel plans in advance and invite another couple to split the cost. Where there is a will, there is a way, but it may require you to put a little more time and effort than usual.
You will find many options available to you if you are flexible. Traditionally, we think of a date as alone time for you and your significant other. Well, the old saying, “The more, the merrier” can broaden your definition of quality time with your partner. Maybe you can’t afford a babysitter, but that doesn’t mean that you and your partner can’t still have fun. Turn family movie night into a movie marathon. Once the kids go to bed, take turns sharing favorite movies that your partner has never seen. If you get tired of that, turn the TV off and make your own movies. Don’t have a camcorder? See if your partner is up for their own personal photo shoot. If movies aren’t your thing, then try family game night. Again, once the children are in bed you can transition to more adult games.
Ultimately, your goal is enjoying time with one another and you will be surprised how even the smallest events can lead to your fondest memories!