Date nights are a fun and healthy way to reconnect with your partner. Often in sessions, we therapists hear things like “We just don’t have time”, or “We don’t have the extra money”, or even “We can’t find a baby-sitter”. If you’ve ever said or thought any of these, we encourage you to read the blog this week as we discuss ways to get creative with date night…and make it a priority!
Cheap and Free Ideas
Today I’m going to prove that date nights don’t have to be expensive. First of all, I would encourage you to Google “Cheap date nights in (insert your city and state)”. It’s amazing the websites available that will pop up! Just in Indianapolis alone, there are dozens of websites with ideas on local restaurants and experiences to try. In addition to this, Groupon is a wonderful resource to get local deals on restaurants, shows, and activities...with huge discounts!
Think outside of the box. Dinner and a movie is nice, but often expensive! Consider visiting a state park and hiking (with admission being around $5-$10 a car). What about bowling, a comedy club, or the theater (you can often find coupons for all of these)?
For some free ideas, consider exploring parts of your city that you may not know. Visit downtown Indy and walk around the circle, or even the Arts and Design Center in downtown Carmel. During the summer, there are many free concerts available in Fishers at the Nickle Plate Amphitheater. There are also plenty of free winery and brewery tours and tastings all over the city.
One of my husband and I’s favorite things to do is visit the 100 Acre Woods at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It’s free! Pack and picnic and go exploring. It makes for an awesome date night!
Finally, let me address the biggest issue I hear frequently…the cost and availability of childcare. It doesn’t have to be a roadblock to date night. Find 2-3 couple friends who are in the same boat as you. Consider doing a baby-sitting co-op. A co-op looks like this: You commit to watching your friends’ kids on a Saturday night, so they get a date night. Then, the following Saturday, you get a date night and they watch your children. Add another couple or two in, and you can get multiple date nights in a month FOR FREE. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Check back this week as we discuss more creative date night ideas. Thanks for reading!
Written by: Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW
Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.
Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.