Monday, May 26, 2008
Finding Money Mondays
Frugal Fun for Couples!
Here are list of 10 things you can do frugally to share some one on one time together and reconnect.
1)Work on a project together - This can be many things. For me and my BF we chose the garden as a frugal activity to do together. We schemed on how to save as much as possible building the garden and its a project that needs continuous effort, just like our relationship.
2)Complete your Honey-Do list - All long term couples have a small list in mind of things that the other person has been asking you to do for ages. Just do it already. It's very relieving and extremely sexy to have your partner take those pressures off your mind. Once the tasks are completed it leaves a lot more time for "other" activities. ;)
3)Check online and in the local newspaper for some free activities happening in your area - Even if you think they are going to be kind of lame you never know what will happen. Every year we attend the Francophone festival in our town because my BF is French Canadian. Its really hokey pokey and lame but we always have a laugh and the poutine is worth the effort.
4)Cook A Romantic Dinner - You may cook dinner every night in your relationship or maybe you rotate cooking. This is NOT what I am referring too. I'm talking about distracting your GF/BF while you cook up something delicious. A few lit candles, dim the lights, pick some flowers from the yard and put them in a vase. Turn off the damn TV and put on some music that you both like that is softer and romantic.
5)Pick an outdoor physical activity - Get those endorphins going and those bodies moving! Pick an activity where you both get outside and get some fresh air. Check out a new trail you haven't explored yet. Dust off your roller blades or your bathing suit or whatever!
6)Volunteer together - Volunteering your time can really give you a spiritual lift. Share that with your partner. Locally we have a place where you can volunteer your time going to people's homes who do not wish to eat the fruit their trees produce and pick it for local food banks. Since my BF and I met picking fruit this is a totally romantic thing for us. Maybe you and yours would be more interested in a local nonprofit book store or a soup kitchen.
7)Enjoy a Night in Alone - Unplug the phone, turn off the TV and dim the lights. Get rid of all external distractions! Prepare some yummy finger foods and some delicious drinks. Try to be adventurous with what you have in your cupboards to save costs. Curl up together and catch up on what's been happening in the other persons life. Be patient, listen to their thoughts. This will definitely make you both more aware of how the other person is feeling and help you reconnect.
8)Have a Potluck with other Couples - Sometimes what you need is a relaxing time letting loose with other couples. It helps you laugh off some of the annoying qualities you find in each other when you hear other couples griping about the same things. A potluck allows everyone to participate without to much cost. Usually I ask people to bring a shared snack and some type of alcoholic beverage to share as well. That way we have a variety of foods and drinks for a good night of conversation and laughs.
9)Reminisce together - Break out all those old photos and spend some time reminiscing about all the amazing times you've had together. Relax and have a good laugh. This will also allow you to see how much you've accomplished together and may inspire you to look towards future goals.
10)Tell your significant other why you love them and what you see in your future together - This can be very challenging for some couples. Putting yourself out there can be very intimidating but hopefully once one person breaks the ice the results will be the glue that holds your relationship together. These talks are important to let you both know that you are in the right place with the right person. Once you feel secure in your relationship you may feel better about taking charge of other areas of your life too.
So that's this weeks installment of "Finding Money Mondays". I hope you were able to find at least one activity that would be interesting for you and yours. Some are easier said then done and others just take a little bit of extra effort but trust me... that extra effort will be rewarded.