If you’re looking for cheap ideas for a date night at home, you’re at the right place. My husband and I have become experts at having cheap date nights at home because we live so far out in the country. It’s so much easier and more relaxing some days to just stay in. Not only is it easier, but sometimes it’s more fun and cheaper to DIY a home date night.
Cheap Valentine’s Date Ideas
Our favorite time of the year to chill at home is Valentine’s. Seriously. Valentine’s Day dates can go from romantic to dreadful in just a few minutes. Fighting the Valentine’s Day crowds at restaurants (even the weekend before or after) can turn a great evening out into a boring uncomfortable evening with slow service and cold food. So, we’re always on the lookout for cheap Valentine’s dates.
Plus, sometimes, we like to get up and do something! Going out for dinner and a movie can be fun if you don’t get to go out often, but after years of dinner and a movie out, I think I’ve decided that I just like having date nights to spend quality time with my love. Even watching a movie at home feels like better quality time since we snuggle during the movie or we can pause the movie to chat or laugh about something.
Home Date Night Ideas
Here are some awesome cheap date night ideas at home to keep you on budget and that spark alive in your relationship or marriage.
Rent a movie and have popcorn in your jammies
Dressing up is nice sometimes but so is dressing down. Especially if you work outside the home all week and just want to chill in your jammies. Plus, you can have all the popcorn you want for about 50 cents instead of $50.
Work a puzzle of a destination you’d both like to visit
My husband and I love to dream together. So, working on a puzzle is great for relaxing and brain power, but it’s also awesome for dreaming. Choose a puzzle of a place you want to visit (like Italy or the beach) or a goal (like to fly in a hot air balloon one day).
You never know what kind of awesome things you can find on YouTube!! We love watching silly stuff or educational videos on YouTube. Definitely a cheap and easy way to spend time and connect with each other sharing favorites.
Take a walking tour of a favorite place on YouTube
My husband and I went to Rome this weekend without even putting on our shoes! We’ve been there before and this video was just like being there without having to try to speak Italian! But we did miss out on the authentic Italian food!
Valentine’s gifts for men are so tricky. I mean, seriously.
No guy wants the flowers and heart of chocolates. He probably doesn’t even want a Valentine’s Day card if he’s being honest.
If your guy is into working out, drinking, or tech/gaming you have a few more options, but didn’t we just survive Christmas gifts for men just a couple of months ago??
And so, at our house, Valentine’s day gets set aside as one of those obligatory gift-giving days when we’d rather save our money and celebrate on a day that’s special for us, our anniversary (coming up in a few months).
This year is especially tricky because my husband just survived a really rough few days in the dog house. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say it ended with him setting up a super-special weeknight date at Carrabba’s. He asked our local Carrabba’s for a special night and they totally delivered. It was awesome. Except for the part about my husband being in the dog house. But, thankfully, like a good marriage should, we’ve bounced back.
But the thing is that we just had a quiet dinner out. And we gave our best gifts a couple of months ago. And we all know those flowers are going to wilt in a week anyway. And, ahem, I definitely do not need chocolate.
Gifts for Men for Valentines
And so, this year I’m just not feeling the Valentine’s Day vibe.
We were in Costco a few days ago walking past all their gorgeous Valentine’s day flowers when I remembered to ask him if he had plans for Valentines.
I think he thought I was putting him on the spot, but really I was just checking to make sure he hadn’t come up with any elaborate plan that would put me behind the game.
Thankfully, there was no plan. And while he was eager to offer to get me flowers, chocolates and the whole nine, I gladly declined.
But, I can’t tell you the look of relief on his face when I told him I actually didn’t even want flowers this year. I didn’t even really care about a card (that’s my typical bare-minimum must-do for the holidays. Good grief. A card isn’t too much to ask, right??).
So, he offered to get some chocolates. Nope. No thanks.
“Are you sure?” he says.
What A Man Really Wants For Valentine’s
Seriously, y’all. That look of relief on his face was priceless.
He was making sure he wasn’t in trouble for not doing those things, but I could tell he was so happy not to have to sneak and stop at the grocery store on his way home from work.
Or to make a trip out on his lunch break to pick up a card and chocolates.
And seriously, I’m cool without those things this year. Because I’m happy to have my husband. And I’m glad he’s still happily married (even if he slips up and gets into the doghouse sometimes).
So, if you aren’t sure what Valentine’s gifts for men to get this year, give them a free pass for the day. Or the next holiday.
Make sure they don’t already have something in the works, and then just totally let them off the hook and see how it goes.
Especially if you’ve been married or dating for a while.
And then, come back here and let me know how it goes. 😀
I am the kind of girl that always wears makeup when I go out. Grocery store or date night, it doesn’t matter. I’m going to at least wear eyebrows, eyelashes and cheeks. I do switch it up if it’s a more casual day, and I do skip makeup when I’m at home all day. Except for the weekends.
Why? Why would I wear makeup on weekends but not the other days. The superficial reason is that I’m just too lazy to put it on during the weekdays when I know I’ll only be seen by a grownup who notices for about an hour before I have to wash it off for bedtime. And there was a time that I honestly got super lazy. I would skip makeup on weekdays and weekends.
Let’s be real honest here. I am beautiful without makeup. I don’t need it to feel beautiful (especially in the summer when I have natural highlights and a soft glow on my face). And my husband adores me with and without makeup.
But I know I look good with makeup on. Seriously. I’m (only) 32 and have finally learned some tricks to actually use makeup to make me look extra beautiful.
So, this past summer, I was getting up every day and heading to the store to buy supplies for our home renovation. Yes. Every day. It’s expensive to update a house. And before I left the house, I always got dressed to look cute (even in work clothes) and I put my face on.
And when weekends came around, I just wanted to put my hair down and relax. Skip the makeup. Wear serious work clothes (because every single weekend was spent doing the heavy duty jobs on the house with Nathan’s help around).
And then I realized it one Saturday morning I was planning on going sans-makeup.
My family deserves the best of me.
My family deserves the best of me far more than the people I’ll bump into at Home Depot or the grocery store. They love me either way, but I want to honor them by looking the part. I’m far from a trophy wife or mom, but I can put forth some effort.
It only takes me about 10 minutes to put makeup on, but that 10 minutes ensures that I can go anywhere and do anything at the drop of a hat with my family with confidence. It just takes 10 minutes to be someone my husband would be proud to introduce to an acquaintance. Just 10 minutes to be someone I can carry with confidence. And just 10 minutes to honor my family by being my best me.
Don’t get me wrong. I can rock a makeup-less-yoga-pants-mom-bun day just as good as the next girl. And I truly believe there is honor in our efforts on our most exhausting days when there isn’t even 2 minutes to brush our teeth.
But when I can, I have realized the value in my 10 minute makeup routine on a Saturday morning.