Cheap and easy at-home date ideas for parentsWhen you have kids, the cost of date nights can almost crush you. You pay for so many things – babysitter, dinner, movie, drinks, coffee – and the cost of the night, and the pressure to make it worth it, mounts. A traditional date night of dinner and a movie could shake out like this: Babysitting (6 hours at $7.50/hour): $45, nice dinner (with wine, dessert and coffee – plus tip): $80+ and movie theater (at least we don’t need to buy snacks after that dinner!): $25. That’s $150 for one measly night out! Now, of course, we could eat a less fancy dinner. A fast food meal would cut this evening’s cost down – with shorter babysitting time and a cheap meal – probably half the cost. But, really, would that even feel worth the $75? Enter “at-home date nights.” Put the kids to bed, break out the low-to-moderate-cost idea list and remember what it is like to be a couple again. By Robin and Ed Hicken.
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