Our Weekly Date Night – Frugal Style

When the word got out that we were going to have a child we got a lot of advice from experienced parents.  Surprisingly the most common piece of advice we heard was not about caring for your child, but caring for yourself.  We were told to make sure you made some time for yourself away from your kids.  This means each parent having some time away from the house alone and it also means having some quiet time with your spouse.  Built into our schedule, every week, is a night where Lisa and I have a nice quiet dinner alone, by ourselves, with no kids.

Before you conjure up some image of a couple sitting at a small candlelit table in a little bistro sipping wine and giggling while the kids are at home with a sitter, you must remember we are just simple frugal folk.  Our dinner away from the kids is an easy prepared finger food meal in the basement watching a TV show with the baby monitor turned down low.

Before you mock, let us explain why these evenings are so special to us.  Remember, we like to enjoy the simple things in life, so for us this trip down a flight of stairs and down the hall might as well be half way around the world (or at least at the local cafe).  We watch one or two TV shows a week, that is all, no more; so for us watching our favourite show is a big deal, an escape if you will.  As well, you can make some pretty good quick finger food meals.  How about a Greek Salad with hummus and pita?  How about an Italian antipasto plate with freshly made bread and an assortment of marinated veggies, olives, and Caprese salad?  We cannot forget our date favourite, Sushi Donburi?  We make these up at the same time as the kid’s dinner (usually a variation of ours), put the kids to bed, rush downstairs and have our evening away.  Sometimes we even light a candle and open a bottle of wine.  We really spoil ourselves but it is worth it.

  5 comments for “Our Weekly Date Night – Frugal Style

  1. Katie Arsenault
    May 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I love your insight. Keeping it real is a must and you do this so well. I love that we are not the only people who “date” in our house. The best advice we were ever given as parents…stay connected to one another and have a regular date night.
    I have been interested in geocacheing, but now I have a resource to find out exactly what it is!
    Good luck on the diet, how is it going. My husband lost 55lbs about two years ago and has maintained it too. He says it is worth all the hard work. He feels great, has more energy and knows he will be around longer to spend time with his children and someday his grandchildren.

  2. March 17, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I have just discovered your blog, and am going to add it to my list of favourites. We might have little in common, but your determination, ability to set goals, and honest assessment of their success are inspiring. Just a thought. Along with geocaching (something I had barely heard of, but find interesting), you may want to seek out how many different birds (or plants, or trees or whatever) that you can find, and record them with your camera. For me, wildlife sightings have led me to climb up hills and through bushes, and over terrain I might otherwise never have discovered.

    • March 17, 2010 at 9:54 am

      Thank you Carol for your comment.
      There are many great things to do when you re-discover wilderness. We do enjoy taking the kids out on the trails and exploring nature together. Now that the weather is getting better we will be taking the family out more on nature walks and Lisa always has her camera with her. Some of the photos will undoubtedly end up on this site.

  3. Doug Walker
    March 16, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Hang on. You have wine AND Caprese Salad on the same night? You’re a wild man, Martin.

    Love your website, it really looks excellent.

    • March 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

      The wine is for Lisa but sometimes my water is sparkling. You gotta live life to the fullest!!

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