Frugal Friday: Date Night

A new weekly segment on the blog, starting today, is Frugal Friday. Once a week we will share a way that we saved money or did something frugal that week. Things will vary from how we saved money on our kids, dates, holidays, and even in our home.

For those who don’t know us, we like to save money. So much so that since we have had kids, we’ve only bought one thing brand new, a stroller. We will share more kid money-saving tips along the way but today is all about date night.

Date night, something you seem to forget about when you have kids. Well, we try to do it a couple times per month, just the two of us. We try. One of the benefits of having family close to home is that they can babysit and lucky for us they are always willing to spend time with their grandkids. Money saver number one right there, not needing to pay a babysitter, use family as much as you can if they’re willing. At the same time, make sure they know you appreciate them and their willingness to babysit.

How do we save money on date night? Well, for example, yesterday we bought ourselves a dinner voucher from Travelzoo. This one to be exact. $69 for two people to eat at a four-star restaurant including one appy, two mains, and dessert. Seems like a good deal to me. Almost 50% savings. But we made it even cheaper by turning this into a double date with friends, so I bought the voucher for four people. About $32 per person for an appy, main, and a dessert? Seems like a steal to me.

Travelzoo send out a Top 20 deals of the week every Tuesday, I always check it out as they have great deal on everything from food to hotel nights to vacations. You can sign up here to get the Top 20 in your inbox each week.

We use discount sites like this all the time. In fact, we bought our honeymoon through Groupon. We paid for our flights on our own then booked this voucher for our stay. We got our honeymoon for eleven nights all-inclusive for less than $1,000 per person flights included.

So, that’s our first Frugal Friday, we will update you each week with something we did to save money and I’m sure this won’t be the last time it’s buying something through a discount site. Before you look to buy something or go out to eat, check out a discount site first to see if they have what you’re looking for or something similar. And, if you’re on vacation, check those same sites out in the new city you’re in. There’s always a deal to be had.

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