Dating On A Dime: 5 Dates for the Last 5 Days of January

How long has it been since you and your “other half” were on a date? Seems like everyone is cutting back their spending and trying to save more. But it is so important that we continue some things like spending quality time with our significant other. Not only do we deserve it, we NEED it! Each week Living on Love and Cents, The Juici Life and Cornerstone Confessions are bringing you Ways to date on a budget. Go here to see the previous posts.

Seems like everyone wants to have a reason to celebrate these days.  Did you know that some type of holiday has been declared for EVERY SINGLE DAY of the year?  And many days have 6 or more holidays designated to it?  Some of them are pretty bizarre too.  Take a look at this month, for example.

January is…

  • National Hobby Month
  • National Hot Tea Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Soup Month
  • National Bath Safety Month

…and the list goes on.  I mean, National Oatmeal Month?  Really?  Whoever thought of these holidays anyway?  And the second question to ask is, why?

But I digress.  Silly or not, these can make for some pretty fun dates.  Try some of these out this weekend and let me know how it goes:


  1. Find a hobby you both enjoy and do it together one evening.  Can’t think of anything?  Check out the World’s Largest List of Hobbies for inspiration.
  2. Go to a coffee shop, order some hot tea, and just enjoy some quiet conversation.  Don’t think you can get away?  Buy some herbal tea at the grocery store, warm it up, and sip it as you chat together on your back porch swing.
  3. Heat up some hot oatmeal and then crawl right back under the covers to enjoy breakfast in bed before the kids get up.
  4. Stay home and cook some soup together to eat as you snuggle on the couch.  One of my favorites is a Southwest Veggie Soup with chips and cheese.  Mmmm….
  5. I don’t know about adults and bath safety, but this last date I definitely could envision a hot tub and some bubbles.  I’ll leave the rest to your imagine but I know this would definitely be a first choice with my hubby.
Happy Holidays!

Written by Living on Love and Cents Contributor Kathy. Kathy is wife to her buff beau, Goose, and mom to 2 precious little girls. She enjoys blogging, reading, and playing the piano.  You can read all about Kathy and her pursuits as a developing domestic diva drawing on the divine at Cornerstone Confessions.

  • Leslie G.

    The world’s largest list of hobbies is a hoot to look through… guess there’s no good reason to be bored. :)

    • Is that not crazy?! Glad you liked the link. Now, surely there is something on that list my hubby and I can enjoy together, right?

  • Shirley

    Very informative.

  • Wendi

    hubby and I were just talking about this the other night. Thanks for posting this it gives us some ideas

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  • Donna B.

    great ideas, I’ll have to keep these in mind next time I’m dating.. LOL

  • Thanks these are great ideas.

  • crafty

    Thank you for the suggestions, I went to Cornerstone Confessions and got the recipe for the Southwest soup.

    • Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think. It’s one of our favorites!

  • Betty Baez

    Great post! My hubby enjoys playing darts and thankfully we have a board in our house once a week I join him for a few games

  • Holly Hennessy Swint

    Great ideas! TY for the post!

  • Cynthia DeLeon

    How I had not come across your blog before is beyond me. I love hot tea and good conversation any time! How bout hot tea and a good conversation IN a hot tub 😉

  • Leann Lindeman

    Fun ideas. My husband and I were out together Friday and Saturday night this past weekend!! That is a rare thing..

  • Marlena Curley

    These are some great cheap idea’s… maybe I can talk the bf into a couple of these :)

  • Great ideas! We get so caught up in our daily schedules that we neglect what is really important. Before you know it you have either drifted apart or God for bid one of you has passed. Thank you so much for posting this. I too have no idea why I haven’t come a crossed your blog before this but I am glad I did. =)

  • Shirley

    Wonderful ideas.

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