Friendly Competition {Happy Wives Club}

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Hi there!  My name is Fawn and I write over at The Happy Wives Club!  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, my husband, 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.

Cheapest Date Challenge

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.

We actually did a series of these Under $50 Dates! We drove to the Strawberry Festival where I wore overalls and looked like a complete hillbilly (not sexy at all), got so much dirt on us that we were washing it off for days, but had barrels of laughs and loads of fun. We ate strawberry shortcakes, strawberry pizza, and anything else we could get and stay within our budget.

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 Divas for allowing me to guest blog.  It’s been awesome :).

-Fawn Weaver

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