The Best Date that Costs Nothing!

bookstore ALast Friday night my husband and I went on a date called The Bookstore Date.  Here’s how it goes:

We headed to our local Barnes & Nobles Bookstore with a small list that I’d put on my phone.  We headed to the back of the store where they have little tables and chairs, perfect for two.  I pulled out the list.  The object of the date is to find the suggested books, one at a time, bring them back and read whatever was asked.  Then, you return the book and proceed to the next one until either your date time is up, or you finish the list.  Here are the books we were to find:

  • #1 – Visit the COOKING section & chose a recipe that you would like to make for your spouse.
  • #2 – Visit the MAGAZINE section & find a quiz in a magazine that you and your spouse could do together.
  • #3 – Visit the CHILDREN’S section & find a book that was a favorite when you were a child or that holds a special memory for you…and read them to each other when you meet back up.
  • #4 – Visit the JOKE section and pick out a HI-LA-RI-OUS joke to share with your spouse.
  • #5– Visit the TRAVEL section and find a picture or information on a place you would like to visit someday.
  • #6 – Visit the POEM section and find a poem that describes the way you feel about your spouse.

We were at the bookstore for about an hour and a half and we only finished up to #4.  Why?  Because this date is so much fun and creates so much conversation that you don’t stop at reading just a part of the story, or one joke – you can’t resist reading more and laughing or talking or crying.  If you decide to try this, you could do the first three on one night and the second three another time.

This is the best date, ladies.  It costs nothing.  It creates conversation.  It’s so much fun! It will knit your heart to your husband’s as you spend some really special minutes reading together and to one another. Even non-readers would love this, because it’s not like you have to read a whole book – or even a chapter of anything.  They’re just fun topics that help you to know one another even deeper.

What free date do you and your husband do to create memories and build your relationship?



9 thoughts on “The Best Date that Costs Nothing!

  1. We like to play card games & board games while we have dessert & coffee after the kids go to bed.
    Or curl up & watch a movie (while we have dessert & coffee after the kids are in bed.)


  2. This is such a fun idea, Denise! I wish that we had a bookstore nearby so we could try this.

    I’m hoping to blog about a date that cost nothing that we had this past Friday night. Just a relaxing campfire in the back yard to enjoy all by ourselves!

    Other things we have done involve just a short drive to a nearby lakeshore or an easy hiking trail. We spend some relaxing time enjoying God’s creation, and then rest for awhile on a bench by the lake. Just that change of scene and time alone refreshes us.


  3. What a fun date idea, Denise! My husband and I used to visit the bookstore all the time while we were dating/engaged … we would sit together and look through the travel books and dream about our future adventures. But, I like your idea of finding certain books and doing an activity associated with that book … this seems like it would create even more conversation and fun! A free date we often have is Game Night. We turn on our favorite music and play games in the living room and just laugh all night. 🙂


  4. What a GREAT idea! Our local bookstores have closed due to the internet, but the library is a perfect option. Our favorite date that we try to do about once a week is a coffee date at the beach. We just take a cup of coffee and sit at the beach and actually talk, uninterrupted
    conversation. We don’t even get out of the car we just sit and watch God’s beauty as we reconnect.


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