Friendly Competition

By Fawn Weaver on Sunday, October 30, 2011

I adore The Dating Divas.  Hands down, my favorite blog to read on the web.  But I must admit some of their blog posts make me feel incredibly uncreative.  Erika’s “Date Wheel,” are you kidding me?  How creative was that?  I love the thought that went into that one. 

Unfortunately, Keith and I live our lives by our Outlook calendars and have more events and dinners to attend in one month than should be allowed.  So what we look forward to most are unplanned evenings and adventures.  Our idea of the “ultimate date” has become simply melting into each other’s arms on the couch and watching a movie.

However, reading The Dating Divas always reminds me of the importance of stepping away from our norm and doing something new and unfamiliar.  But I’m also a practical person and know my limitations and anything involving the right-side of my brain (the creative side) is a limitation.  So this blog post is for all those, like me, who don’t know what to do with arts and crafts and could possibly end up with more glue in your hair and on your carpet than actually on the crafty date game or project you were attempting to construct.

Are you or your husband competitive?  Keith and I were born to compete.  We absolutely love it.  Which is why it’s no surprise we came up with a game challenging each other to the cheapest date.  Here were the rules: 1) No person could spend more than $50 for the entire date, including all taxes and gratuities; 2) We could use connections or anything at our disposal to obtain a discount; 3) The person able to execute the best date won total bragging rights.

You’d be amazed at how involved friends and family will become in helping you win the competition.  They’ll start pitching in stuff, time, babysitting duties, anything you need to win the game.  The key to pulling off a successful and romantic date for less than $50 is great planning.  A walk along the beach is always free.  Having friends help lay out a picnic at the top of a mountain, allowing you to surprise your hubby after a hike with lunch while overlooking the city or valley is priceless.

It’s easy to plan a fun and romantic date when money is no object.  But it’s a whole other ballgame when you’re held to a set budget.  Seeing who can do the most for the least amount of money becomes an adventure unto itself.

Try it out.  See how creative you can get in executing one of the most memorable dates of your marriage…all while going easy on the pocketbook.

Thanks, Tara, Erika and The Dating Divas for inviting me to guest blog today.  It’s been awesome.

Until Monday…make it a great weekend!

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Fawn Weaver is the USA Today® and New York Times® bestselling author of Happy Wives Club: One Woman's Worldwide Search for the Secrets of a Great Marriage, adopting the same name as the Club she founded in 2010. The Happy Wives Club community has grown to include more than 900,000 women in over 110 countries around the world. When she’s not blogging or working on her next project, she's happily doting over her husband of nearly eleven years, Keith.

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