My husband and I don’t spend nearly enough time together without the kids. We have fallen into the either too busy or too tired category many times. When we do finally get a chance to enjoy each others company we often end up doing the dinner and a movie thing. It is great to loose yourself in an exciting action movie or mushy comedy without the constant “mommy” coming from a near by room.
However just a dinner and a movie for two can easily cost $100 and that doesn’t include the cost of a babysitter! Sometimes that cost keeps us from taking the time to go out. I am a deal searcher. I hate paying full price for anything if I don’t have too.
Tip #1 Daily Deal Sites
I get all the daily deal emails from Groupon, Living Social, etc and I’m always looking to see if there is anything we can use. I can often find two movie tickets for just $9. This helps out a lot when trying to plan an inexpensive yet fun night out. Many times you can also find some dinner deals as well. This is a great way to try something new and saving at the same time.
Tip #2 Sign Up for Newsletters
I’m signed up to my local movie theaters newsletter because they are often sending out coupons for popcorn or other great specials. The same thing goes for restaurants. Chili’s is famous for sending coupons through email for a free appetizer or dessert.
Tip #3 Reward Memberships
Many restaurants and movie theaters offer reward programs that offer you something in return for spending so much. Sometimes you end up with a free bucket of popcorn or movie ticket.
Tip #4 Use Social Media
Make sure you are following your favorite movie theater and restaurants on Facebook and other social media sites. Sometimes they will send out a special deal to their followers. Check into Four Square when you are at dinner or a movie and you may be rewarded with an on the spot coupon code.
Tip #5 Earn Cash Back
If you have a Discover card, you can earn Cashback Bonus when footing the date night bill!
Now through March 31, Discover cardmembers can sign up to earn 5% Cashback Bonus on up to $1,500 in restaurant and movie purchases. That’s up to $75 in Cashback Bonus you can earn, and just for using your Discover card on date night purchases.
Besides saving on dinner and a movie in person, Discover cardmembers can choose to shop online through ShopDiscover, Discover’s exclusive shopping portal, to earn extra Cashback Bonus at merchants such as:
- Restaurant.com – Typically 20% Cashback Bonus, now at 25% Cashback Bonus through February 14 as part of ShopDiscover’s Valentine’s Day promotion!
- Fandango – 10% Cashback Bonus
- Living Social – 5% Cashback Bonus
- Groupon – 5% Cashback Bonus
Check out group buying sites like Groupon and Living Social for dinner deals and packages – and in fact, Discover cardmembers can shop online through ShopDiscover for these deals. Simply visit ShopDiscover.com, go to the Groupon or Living Social tab, and click “Start Shopping” to earn Cashback Bonus for the purchase made on your Discover card.
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