May 9, 2002

Fun and free ways to spend time with your spouse

Spending time with your spouse is a critical part of making your marriage work, but too many people use finances and life’s business to get in the way of spending quality time together. Many couples consider the time spent getting ready for the day, taking care of finances, or going over the things they need to do as “time” spent together. There are fun and free ways to spend time together, and the following are some great ideas that will really help your marriage:

Go for a walk. This is free, and it allows you to talk, hold hands, and get some exercise. It is good for your marriage and your body. Plan on twenty to thirty minutes a night for a quick walk with your spouse. This is going to be a great time to reconnect, laugh, and enjoy one another without spending a dime.

Show nights. A fun and free thing you can do with your spouse is get involved in a television show. Pick a fun one, like the Office that gives you plenty to laugh about and talk about later, and plenty of fodder for discussion. Then, never miss it. If one of you is out of town, both of you should watch it, then plan a phone date for after to talk about it. A show, believe it or not, is a great way to have fun with your spouse, and can give you something to look forward to together.

Sledding. If you live in a place that allows it, and own or can borrow a sled, hit the slopes for a few hours one Saturday afternoon. You will feel like a kid again, and it will be a blast. You may even find yourself getting in a snow ball fight, or flirting like a silly teenager again. Enjoy it, and be prepared to be a little sore after.

Bike rides. A fun and free way to spend time with your spouse is on a bike ride. You can make it as long or as short as you want it to be. You can bike down a beautiful trail, through the mountains, or just down a street. It is fun, free, and a great way to get exercise.

Picnics. Spending time with your spouse is so important, and a great, delicious (if you have decent culinary skills), and fun way to enjoy spending time together. You can take a big picnic out, a Frisbee, other lawn games, etc. and just enjoy an afternoon in the sunshine.

Card games. If you want to enjoy time with your spouse, get involved in playing games together. There is an initial investment to buy games, but a deck of cards can be really cheap and provide hours of entertainment and bonding time with your spouse. You can play games as a group, or just one on one. Consider games like Hand and Foot, Scum, Castle, and more.

Dinners. When looking for fun and free ways to spend time together as a couple, consider making dinner together. Granted you have to pay for the food, but you will be doing that anyway. So, plan out a menu, split the responsibility, and enjoy the time you spend together because it can be as fun as you want it to be. Even if you burn the dinner and eat frozen pizza, it can be a fun way to spend an evening.

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