Whether you can’t find a babysitter for the evening, or you don’t have the money to go out for date night this month, doesn’t mean you have to forego date night. When my Fiance and I first made our budget, we put $20 every month toward date nights. Slowly but surely this date night budget became an excuse to eat out an extra night or turned into more of a Redbox rental budget. Then, as our budget tightened a little more, our date night budget became a part of our entertainment budget and we nearly stopped going on dates altogether because of it!
This year, I made one of my goals to spend more quality time with my Fiance. I felt that more often than not he was getting my leftovers and not enough of my full undivided attention. To make sure this didn’t fall by the wayside, I made a smaller goal that each month we would have one “real” date each month. I found an awesome idea for an at home date night that wouldn’t cost us any extra money, which is perfect since we were short on cash by the time date night rolled around. Our date night for last month was Spouse Scattergories from The Dating Divas.
Spouse Scattergories Date Night
If you’ve never played regular Scattergories before, I highly recommend it. It’s actually one of my favorite games. If you’re just interested in the regular version, you can buy it here. In the original game, you draw a card that has various questions on it but you must answer all the answers on the card with a word that begins with a certain letter! Since I knew we both really enjoyed regular Scattergories, I figured we’d give Spouse Scattergories a try!
The Dating Divas put together a bunch of printables to make playing this game as easy as printing off the worksheets. Here’s how to play:
- Start by selecting a letter (they provide you with a printable for each of the letters of the alphabet)
- The letter that’s selected must be the first letter of each of your answers
- Choose a category card from the pile. Each card has 12 questions that are all about your spouse!
- Set a timer for 3 minutes (or less if you really want to challenge yourselves), then use the answer sheets to secretly write down a word for each question.
- When the timer runs out, compare your answers. For every valid word written down that your partner doesn’t have, you get a point! If you both write down the same thing, nobody gets a point. You can get double points if you have alliteration, such as Long Locks or Sexy Socks (I’m not much good at this one if you can’t tell)
You can keep playing as many times as you want, or until you run out of cards!
I created my own fruit, cheese, and cracker platter to have with wine during our game night. Doing this added a nice romantic touch to the evening. In case you were curious, even a little, here’s what we used to create out snack platter:
- Fruit: I bought red seedless grapes
- Cheese: A block of Cheddar and a block of Colby and Monterrey cheese cut into slices
- Crackers: A regular boring box of clubhouse crackers (ours were garlic and butter flavor though)
- Wine: If you thought we were fancy in any sort of fashion, this part will officially butcher that idea. Our wines of choice for the evening were a clearance bottle of Barefoot Moscato and Apothic Red. I think they were maybe $3 each?
By using a little bit of creativity, I was able to create a really special date night for my Fiance. We had a blast playing Spouse Scattergories and eating fancy snack platter food. You don’t have to have a lot of money to spend quality time with your spouse. We used to be guilty of just defaulting to a dinner out, and they weren’t even nice places either. Perhaps Scattergories isn’t your cup of tea, so get creative and make up your own game! Take a board game you already own and make up your own rules, or ditch the board game idea entirely and go for an evening stroll around your neighborhood. It is possible to spend quality time with your spouse without breaking the bank, but you might have to get a little creative.