7 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Without Paying a Sitter

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Valentine’s Day was such a different thing back before children. There was money for elaborate date nights and you didn’t have to hire a sitter or you could just celebrate at home without having to cut up anyone’s food or be interrupted fifty-seven times to check for monsters under the bed.

While I wouldn’t trade my kids for the world, I sometimes miss the freedom of deciding to go out for the evening with my hubby without it involving an intricate dance of arranging a sitter and making sure that the budget is in good enough shape for sitter fees, dinner, and a movie.

If your budget isn’t quite where it should be to plan the night out that you want or if you’re just not feeling up to going through all of the hassle of booking a sitter, here are a few ideas for a sitter-free Valentine’s celebration:

  • Parents’ Night Out – Check with local churches and community organizations to see if they offer a Parents’ Night Out program. These are often very low cost and sometimes even free. It may not line up exactly with Valentine’s Day, but early or belated celebrations are just as much fun!
  • Alternating Pampering Nights – Spread your celebration out over a couple of nights where one of you spends the evening pampering the other. Serve his favorite dinner and follow up with a relaxing massage. Run her a bubble bath and deliver wine and chocolate as she soaks.
  • Daytime Date Night – Some of the best dates happen before dark! Check your schedule and coordinate a day for taking a personal day from work to spend the whole day together while the kids are at daycare or school. Do a project around the house, have a fancy lunch, or head out for a day of fun!
  • Basement Campout for the Kids – While this one may not be interruption free, setting up the kids with a novel thing at home like a campout in the basement can buy you a little one-on-one time with your significant other. They can enjoy a movie and popcorn in their sleeping bags, while you dine by candlelight on your favorite takeout. You might even get in a few sentences of grown up conversation!
  • Swap Kids with Friends – Make a deal with some close friends to trade off keeping the kids while the other couple has a night out alone. The kids get playdates with some buddies, while you and your honey finally get some quiet quality time!
  • Indulgent Dessert Night – For this one, wait until the kids are in bed and indulge in a decadent dessert that both of you love. Snuggle up on the couch with your sweetie and a sweet treat and just enjoy each other’s company.
  • Make It a Family Affair – Check out our post on Family Valentine’s Day Celebrations to turn Valentine’s Day into a fun celebration that includes everyone!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Let us know your greatest ideas!

Written by: Shannan Powell

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