6 Practically Free Dates to Try This Month
February 15, 2018
Keep the Valentine's spirit going long after the holiday! Whether you've been married for years or just made things official last week, forget that expensive, tried-and-true dinner date night and focus on learning more about your significant other instead.

If you haven't already, take Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages quiz with your significant other to discover your emotional communication preferences. Then, plan a date around your partner's results. Do they value quality time? Send the kids to your parents' house for a couple nights and plan a weekend getaway. Do they find acts of service more romantic? Clean and decorate the house for a staycation instead.

Take a stroll through a home furniture store such as Ikea or Crate & Barrel and talk about the kind of décor you like, for everything from silverware to coffee tables. If you already live together, take a trip to Home Depot or Lowe's and brainstorm your next home project.

Shut off the TV and stow away your cell phones to spend an evening playing a two-person appropriate game—such as Scrabble, Yahtzee, or chess—with your partner. Worried that the competition will be too fierce to make it enjoyable? Try working together on a jigsaw puzzle instead!

Create a fort of pillows and blankets in your living room and have a classic movie marathon. Whether that means Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffany's or The Princess Bride and The Breakfast Club is up for interpretation, but don't forget the popcorn and movie theater candy!

Take the morning to go on a hike or a walk around the neighborhood together. There's always room for a little more gratitude in every relationship, and being active outside will surely make you appreciate the life you have together.

Put on some Michael Bublé, pop open a bottle of champagne, and attempt a new, fancy recipe together. Even if it goes terribly wrong, you'll create incredible memories and have a story to share about the time you epically failed at cooking beef Wellington and ended up ordering Chinese takeout.

Style Me Pretty Contributor - Morgan Chamberlain is a freelance writer and social media consultant for wedding vendors in New England. She believes weddings are all about sentimental details, cohesive décor, and a well-chosen playlist to keep the party going!