When was the last time you went out for a night on the town with your significant other?

Dinner might cost you around $50, a movie $20, flowers $15, and a babysitter $40!

And hopefully you are thinking… “but if we don’t go out on date nights what else are we supposed to do?”

Trust me, I get it. Life gets a little crazy, we put our love on the back burner while being parents and don’t always have time to make special time for each other.

You can still show your spouse just how much they mean to you without blowing your budget on a night out.

Need some ideas? Here is how you can show your love on a budget.

Leave Your Spouse A Surprise Message

There is something special about taking the time to leave your love a message!

You can leave a little note inside the current book they’re reading.

Add a post-it note to the dashboard of their car or even just set an alarm on your phone to send them a quick text reminding them how much you love them midway through the day!

While you’re brushing your teeth in the morning, take a few minutes to scribble a sweet message for your spouse and leave it for them to find while they are getting ready.

Leaving your spouse a short message doesn’t have to a cost a thing, but still shows them you’re thinking about them.

Write An Old-Fashioned Love Letter

Remember when you used to pass love notes back in school? Whatever happened to that?!

Writing your loved one a love letter can be a great way to tell them just how you feel about them, without having to even say a word.

Leave it on their pillow before bed, tuck it away in their wallet, or hand it to them on your way out the door.

This is a low-cost way to make them feel special without spending a dime.

Give Them A Passionate Kiss or Touch

When was the last time you kissed your spouse?

I’m not talking about a quick peck as they walked out the door, but a long passionate kiss.

There is nothing like a warm embrace, especially when you really need one.

It doesn’t have to be movie dramatic… you could just reach over and hold their hand while you are walking together running errands. Or if you have the kids at the park, scootch a little closer on the bench and tell them they smell good.

Spend Quality Time Together

When you have little kids running around the house, they seem to demand all of our attention! Which means getting some one on one time with your spouse might seem impossible.

After the kids are in bed, make some intention to spend quality time with your spouse.

Start a show series on Netflix or Amazon Prime video together, and watch it only when the kids are asleep. Stay up late talking and cuddling in bed, or find another activity to do together.

Go for a walk together. If your kid has a sports practice, drop them off at practice and then instead of visiting with the other parents, take your spouse and go for a walk. This can be a great chance to catch up with one another without the kids around.

No matter how busy your life gets, it’s so important to make time for your spouse.

Do Something Just Because

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get your spouse something they’ll enjoy.

Stop by the dollar store on the way home and pick up a little treat for your sweetheart, or get them that book they’ve been dying to read from the library.

One thing I like to do is if I am out somewhere and I see something that makes me think of my husband, I’ll grab it. If I see his favorite candy bar, I will bring it home. When I give it to him, I let him know I was thinking of him when I purchased it.

This small gesture means the world to him because it shows I was thinking about him when he wasn’t around.

Lend a Hand

Performing a small act of service for your spouse can transform their day.

If it’s usually their job to unload the dishwasher, do it for them.

Maybe they have an important meeting coming up at work, lay out their clothes for them the night before to make the morning smooth. Or take a task they typically have to do off their shoulders (at our house that would be a trash run… and since I hate doing that chore, it would show sacrifice!).

It can be a great way to show your spouse how much they mean to you by giving them a few minutes of peace.

Don’t Forget Date Night

If you are afraid, you won’t have time for date nights, schedule it on your calendar!

If you are on a tight budget, you can still enjoy a date night from home! Pop some popcorn and have a movie night indoors, or go out for a romantic stroll and a picnic in your backyard!

There are so many creative ways you can show your spouse you love them without having to empty your wallet.

YOUR TURN: What things will you start doing to show your love? Have you done something that wasn’t mentioned here? Comment below and I’ll add it to this list. I’d love to hear it!

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There are so many creative ways you can show your spouse you love them without having to empty your wall