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The Best Date that Costs Nothing

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Last 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 POETRY 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?



4 thoughts on “The Best Date that Costs Nothing

  1. Dear Mrs. Denise! I LoVe this idea!! My husband is a Skipper Reader. He skips through books more than reads them. 🙂 This is such a perfect date idea for both of us because I love to read and he can skip! I’m totally pinning this. It’s also perfect too for the winter months that are coming up. I live in New York, and winters can get pretty bleak. So indoor dates are the way to go. One of my favorite free dates that we do in the summer is a free concert and picnic out at Lake Ontario. All summer, on Wednesday’s, different local music groups host a 2-hour concert. I pack up some sandwiches and lawn chairs and off we go. As a matter of fact, I’m hoping we go tonight. It’s a group playing music from the 50’s and 60’s. Gotta love that! ❤ Have a Peace-filled Day!! xoxo, Melinda


    1. I’m glad this date fits your style! I hope you have as much fun as we did! We’ve done it several times, and each time has been different and such a great time together! Hope your concert night was wonderful!


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