How we manage on a budget
My partner and I are in that in-between space occupied by so many parents of younger children: we desperately need to spend quality time together, without our kids.
However, we also need to watch our budget. I mean, it’s easily a $50 job to get both my children to sleep at night, but the plain truth of the matter is that I am very unlikely to spend $50 in order to simply go for that much-needed beer or a walk or movie with my spouse. The idea of spending more on a babysitter that we do on the actual date activity seems wrong.
So, what’s a couple — in particular, a couple without family in town to provide free babysitting — to do? For those times where we really need to get out and can't or don’t want to spend the cash, we’ve come up with a few strategies: