Just because Chuk and I are living on one income doesn't mean we don't still want to date and find ways to connect with one another. Often times we just find ways to do that around the apartment. No, I didn't mean it that way. Get your mind out of the gutter! I meant we'll watch a movie or play a board game. But sometimes we want to go out, too.
One date that has proven to be surprisingly rewarding for us as a couple has been going to Costco. Yes, you read that right. We go on dates at Costco. I told you I loved everything about Costco.
The date usually starts with dinner. We can get two big slices of pizza and a soda to share for just under $5 at the food court. Or we can get two hot dogs and two sodas for just over $3, and I'm including tax in these figures. After a leisurely dinner spent people-watching--incidentally, guessing what people's lives are like based on what's in their baskets is immensely fun--we'll start to browse. We go up and down the aisles talking about what we want and why. We imagine our life in the future and share our dreams for what we want.
We both dream of owning a home. Chuk sees a big screen TV and talks about how he hopes the house will have a basement where he can honor his passion for sports by displaying all his Steelers and Capitals memorabilia, hang up his dart board that has been languishing in a closet since we moved to this small apartment, and, of course, watch sports on a big screen.
I see a garden hose that coils itself back up after use and tell him about how I would love to have a backyard garden one day where I could learn to grow fruit trees and maybe some easy vegetables. Right now I'm thinking orange, lemon, and avocado trees and tomato, cucumber, and pumpkin plants. I'd also have big peony bushes in the front because peonies are my favorite flower.
We walk down a few more aisles. I see furniture and tell him how I want to decorate. He sees tools and tells me it would be fun if we learned to make the furniture together. Eventually, we get to the food section and the date ends. We do our grocery shopping and go home.
It might not be a night out on the town but I got dinner and a show (people watching), we had long talks about our hopes and dreams, we had fun together and we got an errand crossed off the list. Not bad for five bucks.