So how do you afford to keep the romance alive and not completely break your budget? The most important thing to remember is that romance does not have to be expensive. Many times it’s more about getting away and taking a break to reconnect then it is about what you do or where you go.
When you have young children to consider, the cost of child care for an evening out can really cut into a romantic evening’s budget. Instead of paying for child care find other couples with young children and offer to swap care so each of you can go out free of charge. Or you can on occasion have family members help watch the children for free just remember not to take advantage of this or you might run into hurt feelings later on.
Planning is key when you want to save money on a night out. Some great options to find inexpensive and even free entertainment is to check out local community listings, such as city listings, local radio station web pages, and even community centers information pages. Many of these will offer free or low cost entertainment, like live music in the park, or a free play put on by local acting troops.
Check the internet for dinning coupons and discounts. Many times you can find online offers that can take off the price of one diner’s meal. If you have a favorite restaurant check to see what night they offer a special. Friday and Saturday night don’t have to be the only nights of the week to go out. You can often find much lower cost options if you choose to go out during the week.
Remember with a little flexibility and planning you can have that romantic night out that doesn’t require you to break your budget or make due with fast food. Treat yourself and your special someone and still go home with money in your pocket.