Home business, home education and health challenges: what makes us tic?

Date night on a budget

Since before we were married, our counsellors, friends and mentors have encouraged us to make time for a regular date night – once a week if possible; monthly at least. If your lives are anything like ours, this is easier said than done.

Mostly, we’re just busy.

We have active children, and we invest a lot of time in them. Since taking on home education, they are a priority for us. We’d be neglecting our duty in an unconscionable way if we didn’t give them as much of what they need from us as we possibly can

We have demanding jobs requiring long hours – a blessing in this tough economic climate, when many we know battle to find any kind of work at all. We pretty much don’t take days off. Even Sundays*, split between Church duties and leisurely lunches with the in-laws. always end in us working into the wee hours to meet the next day’s deadlines.

And of course, dates cost money. How does a modern couple steal a few precious hours from family and work commitments, with limited resources?

Over the years, we’ve developed a solution to this problem in our usual, unfocused and laid-back way. It really helps that Papa Bear and I have similar interests. For instance, we both enjoy action movies and TV series. We are home bodies for the most part, and like a night in. We enjoy similar foods (spicy!), and like to round out an evening with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. As for the kids, if they’re not fast asleep in their own beds, we have wonderful babysitters lining up to look after our angels for a couple of hours.

Tonight was a case in point. With the girls safely ensconced at their darling aunt’s place, we grabbed a delicious mutton curry to share from our local curry den, and settled in for a TV Series Marathon (24, in this case). Just fifty bucks for a wonderful night in!

What are your ideas for a budget-beating date night?

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