When is the last time you and your significant other had a date night? If you’re like many people it may have been quite a while since you had a night out, just the two of you. From demanding work schedules to keeping up with the needs of kids, aging parents and our high-tech, fast-paced lifestyles, it can be hard to find time for a date night. If you’re on a budget, date night can fall even lower on your list of priorities. But putting your relationship last can be a big mistake.
According to Melanie Schilling, psychologist and relationship expert, date nights are not just important, they’re critical.
“While many of us are happy to work on our fitness goals or career goals or family goals, when it comes to our intimate relationships we tend to neglect them,” says Schilling. “Without investing in that relationship and really prioritizing it, it can be really easy to grow in different directions without being aware of it.”
The good news is that making date night happen doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. All it takes is a little creativity and a commitment to making the time and effort to spend time together regularly, putting the focus on each other instead of all of life’s other demands. Need some ideas? Here are several that cost next to nothing.