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Budget Friendly Date Nights for Parents

By Fredrica Syren:

Once in a while, my husband and I will remember what dating was like before we became parents. Back Dating on a budgetwhen we had all the time in the world and never got interrupted and — best of all — never were tired. Nowadays, with three kids, we don’t get to go on a date very often because it includes way too many steps: 1. find a babysitter; 2.make sure she is available, and for which day and what time; 3. plan the date; 4. prepare kids for it; 5. make sure kids are fed and happy when we leave; 6. get myself ready; and, well, you get the picture…

I do believe that spending some quality time without kids is super important for any couple, and we try to make this a priority. However, I have found that paying the babysitter as well as paying for the night out itself can get quite expensive; so, instead, we have worked out a dating-on-a-budget list. So here are some examples of dates we have:

A movie and popcorn — My husband and I used to love going to the movies. Now, instead, we watch a movie at home after the kids are in bed and sleeping. And of course my husband makes the best popcorn and snacks to eat while we watch. I have to admit it’s so nice to watch a movie that does not star Tinker Bell or Cinderella.

Go on a fun hike — When we first began dating BK (before kids), we went on many long hikes together. These days we do hike with our kids, but when we get a chance, we also like to go on a more advanced, longer hike as a date — just us two.

Watch the sunset — We’re so lucky to live near the beach in San Diego. So one thing we like to do as a cheap date is to bring some wine and a snack with us, and sit on the beach and watch the sunset. It’s pure romance☺

Play a game — We both love playing cards, so after our kids go to sleep, we meet for a date night of card games.

Massages — We spend our entire days caring for someone else. It’s pure joy when we give each other a massage.

What great ideas for a budget friendly date do you have?

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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