Love Don't Cost a Thing: 7 Cheap Dates

Date NightDate NightRAWR, baby!

Can we talk about my total hottie for a husband for a moment? He is so devilishly handsome with his blue eyes and Southern boy facial scruff that sends me swooning in my petticoats. I have loved him for almost a decade and he's the only one I let see me in my mouth gaurd at night. In short, I did a fine piece of magic convincing him to tie the knot with me and then I still liked him so much that we had a baby two years ago.

So, who's got two thumbs and a fine piece of man-meat by her side for the next fifty years? This girl.

Related: 13 tips for snagging a man (circa 1938)

We have a few "rules" in our marriage, like always having cinnamon rolls in the fridge and never saying "shut up" and having regular date nights. It started pretty early on into parenthood, thanks to having my parents close by as babysitters - sometimes it's just grabbing a milkshake for a quick drive through town, other times it's a full-on gussied-up affair with high heels and a movie to follow. It all depends on our schedule and budget for the month, but the point is that we do it.

So, here are some of our favorite ideas for keeping a marriage spicy and cheesy...and committed.

CookingCookingTake cooking classes
You can find a great deal on Groupon or similar sites. Put on an apron & whip up something delicious together!

RunRunGo for a walk/run
Get those endorphins going! Lace up your sneakers & hit the trail for a few hours together - leave the kid & stroller at home with a sitter.

FootballFootballCheer on the alma mater
Grab tickets to a local football or basketball game & dress up in the school colors.

Related: 10 signs it's time for a girl's night out

DinnerDinnerThe stereotypical date - dinner out
It doesn't have to be fancy (but it can be!). Doug & I have had everything on date night from $40 steaks to a $5 cheeseburger. Best thing? There's no dishes afterward!

MovieMovieThe other stereotypical date - a movie
We only get to the movies once or twice a year because it's so expensive. But occasionally, Fandango runs good ticket deals when you buy online, and it is fun to escape for a few hours.

MilkshakeMilkshakeGet a milkshake and go driving
It's kind of like high school. Hey, you can even find a good place to park and make out, too!

Related: 14 things you should never say to a woman

PizzaPizzaNo money? No problem
A $3.00 frozen pizza + $1.00 Redbox movie = date night in for less than $5.00 total. We do this pretty often after the kiddo goes to bed.

-By Beth Anne Ballance
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