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15 Inexpensive or Free Ways to De-Stress During the Summer With Your Husband

I’m so glad it’s finally summertime! It’s one of my favorite times of the year. Steven and I love to take this time to go on dates and spend quality time together. We love traveling, exploring and seeing the world but that can definitely get pricey. And on a college student budget, it’s hard go on extravagant dates and adventures every weekend without going completely broke.

Sometimes the same Netflix and dinner date over and over again can get a little boring! So I have to think outside of the box sometimes in order to have an amazing date night that’s also easy on the budget.

My hubby and I have done these dates on several occasions and they were awesome! It was so much fun to just let loose and act like kids again.

Here are 14 inexpensive (or free) date ideas to help you de-stress during the summer with your husband:

Have a cooking/baking competition

You’re already making dinner anyway! Why not make it fun?! Have a little competition. Make two entrees and see who’s taste better. Make two pies, two cakes and see what kind of wacky flavors you can come up with. Steven and I love baking and this was so much fun for us. If you’re more of a recipe-following kind of person, I put together a list of 30 date night recipes that include appetizers, dinner, and desserts! You can find them here.

Make homemade ice cream or go out for some

Homemade ice cream is a staple in our family. We use a churn, but there are tons of no-churn recipes on Pinterest that you can follow! If you don’t feel like making it and the budget allows, go out and get it! Some places even have great deals during certain hours of the day, like Sonic.

Have a Disney (or any kind) movie marathon

Steven and I LOVE watching Disney movies! I saw just about every single one of the classic movies growing up, but he has only seen a few. We have a bucket list of all the Disney movies we want to see, and it would be great to take a night and have a marathon with all of them!

Go on a hike

This would be a great way to get outside and get some fresh air together! You also get to see great scenery this way. If you are close to some mountains with hiking trails, or even a state park, this would be a great active date!

Go strawberry picking

My family used to do this when I was little and I loved it! It’s a fun way to get some fresh strawberries and it would make an even more fun date with your hubby. Steven and I did this a few weeks ago and I even made some printables for the date and a game to go along with it! You can snag those here. Be sure to take lots of pictures!

Go fishing

This isn’t our thing, but some people love it and it’s a great date for summer time! Take some time to relax together and talk while catching some dinner 😉

Play board games and/or card games

Monopoly is our favorite! 🙂 We also love to google new card games we can play.

Have a wii tournament

Whatever game you like to play, turn it into a competition! Make bets with each other, such as whoever wins has to make dinner. Steven and I loved this date and we are planning to do it again soon!

DIY Something

Take random craft supplies you already have at home and see what you can make out of it! They would be great gifts!

Go swimming

If you have a pool near you and the weather permits, go swimming together! If you don’t own a pool, go to a neighbor’s house or your local recreation center.

Have a cup of coffee/your favorite drink and just talk

Sometimes the most simple dates are the best dates! Talk and reconnect with each other.

Have a fire and roast marshmallows

One of our favorite summer traditions! Smores would be great too 😉

Watch funny videos on Facebook/YouTube

My husband loves doing this! Grab some popcorn, a sweet treat and an ice cold drink and watch some comedies.

Go play a sport together

My husband and I aren’t the sporty type so this really isn’t our thing, but some couples are super sporty and love a good competition! Play some volleyball on the beach or soccer in the front yard.

If all else fails, go to bed early

Hey, it’s free and it sure is fun if you know what I mean! 😉

strawberry picking date

Strawberry Picking Date – Plus FREE Printables!

Treat yourself to some fun in the sun with your sweetheart! Then head back home for an even sweeter treat!


Picking strawberries has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember!    Almost every spring when I was a child, my mom would load my brother and I in the car and we would head down the road to our (amazing!) local strawberry farm. Every year they allow guests to come out in the fields with a basket and pick their own strawberries! We always had the best time and made memories that I will definitely cherish forever.

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30 Delicious Date Night Recipes

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My hubby and I love any kind of excuse to spoil each other. So, needless to say we are pretty excited about Valentines Day this year! We love to go out for a romantic meal, but sometimes it’s just not in the budget. We also love to cook together and get creative in the kitchen. So, when the budget doesn’t allow for a restaurant, we go for a cozy night in together!

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Marriage

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Getting engaged is such an exciting time for every couple! It’s a time when you realize that your life is about to change forever in an unbelievably amazing way. It’s a moment when you take the next step towards making a commitment to be with the one you love, forever. When you look at that ring, you see a symbol of your unending love for another person and you begin to thank God endlessly for answering all your prayers. I know I felt that way when I got engaged! I often reminisce on Steven’s proposal to me and what a special day it was for both of us.

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Fall is a season of great DATE NIGHTS! I love getting out in the cool, breezy weather to cuddle up with my sweetheart.

Steven and I make it a priority each week to have a quality date night, and I’m always trying to think out of the box when it comes to things to do. We try to stay away from the usual plain movie night at home, even though sometimes that kind of relaxing night is definitely needed! I’m trying to make date nights more intentional and thoughtful, even though it can be challenging to come up with ideas sometimes! It’s so important to us to spend some fun time together so we can reconnect and make our love stronger.

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