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10 Home date night ideas for poor people

10 Home date night ideas

If you’re like me and your spare money goes on lotto tickets and cappuccinos you may not have a lot left in the biscuit tin for date night. Scoopon candlelit dinners have been done to death and don’t even suggest a bubble bath, who has a bath big enough to fit two adults in? Well if you also have a small bath then you’re in luck my friend, here are my 10 Home date night ideas for poor people:

Outdoor fire pit

I love watching fire, I like poking it with sticks, watching things burn, It’s mesmerising and calms me. Get a bottle of wine to share or roast some marshmallows. Just don’t put your ugg boots too close or they will melt and obvs don’t set the house on fire guys. That’s a mood killer.

Play songs to each other

I’m not talking corny romantic Romeo and Juliet type stuff, I’m assuming you’re out of the honeymoon phase, I’m talking year by year what songs you were into. I went through a rage against the machine phase, a Hanson phase, a Dr Dre phase, I didn’t discriminate. You’ll be amazed at what you might learn about your partner and it’s fun being able to reminisce about what would now be considered ‘old songs’ especially if you grew up in the 80’s like I did.


Not in a game of thrones kill each other kind of way but in a friendly flirty banter kind of way. My husband loves nothing more than to wind me up and I take the bait every time. Call me gullible Glenn if you wish. I love to banter and I love to laugh but I can only compete in games where there is no clear indicator of the winner. For example; have a pizza making challenge to see who makes the better pizza. It doesn’t matter who the winner is, (clearly it’s me) it’s the process that should be fun.

Meal prep

Now this is certainly not romantic unless you’re partner is the hug-from-behind-and-kiss-sensually-on-the-neck kinda guy. Sorta like the movie Ghost but more dangerous if knives are involved, you get the idea. So if you don’t have a Patrick Swayze in your life, you can put on some good music and silly dance together or simply just talk without interruption and catch up on the day. By the time you’re finished maybe your partner might even appreciate how annoying planning and cooking meals are. He might even stop calling you during the day to ask what’s for dinner because it’s already sorted.

10 Home date night ideas

Board Games

Our (my) favorite is Taboo. The aim of the game is for your partner to guess the word on the card you picked. You need to describe that word without saying key words. For example; the word ‘propose’ you need to describe without saying the words: wedding, marriage, ring, love, promise. So I would say ‘this word is the reason you tried to take my dad to coffee to ask for my hand and he said no because he’d already had too many coffees so you didn’t end up asking him for another 2 months’. The closer you are with the person you play with, the funnier it is. I don’t suggest playing games like monopoly if you have a temper, throwing your mortgaged properties on the table and yelling ‘fine you won, are you happy, I’m shit’ isn’t ideal.

Plan your life after winning the lotto

This is a particular favourite of mine. I love talking about when we’re going to win the lotto and planning what to do with the money. My husband looks up properties that he can disappear to in the middle of the bush while I look up luxury real estate on the river. It’s amazing how fussy you can be when you have a ten million dollar budget. We decided recently that we will have fresh pressed juice delivered daily and a chef that prepares all our meals. We’ll have a personal trainer that trains us in our own gym but we’ll do our own cleaning and gardening because we don’t want to be out of touch with reality. Insert laughing emoji, I’m totally never cleaning the floors again.

Watch your home movies together

Not those kind of home movies sicko. I’ve seen the baby videos on my phone so many times but there are so many photos and videos captured on my husbands phone that I’ve never seen before or totally forgotten about. Last night we went through them all and he has some amazing ones, some not so great either like the ones he secretly took of me lying on the couch with my mouth open, hand in a packet of chips. He said adoringly ‘You were so beautiful pregnant’. If only that were true, the photo was taken 9 months post baby. Oh how we laughed.


I love melted cheese and chocolate is totally my home girl. Cut up stuff and dip it in that soft runny gooey perfection until you’re both so full you roll into bed and don’t even kiss. Tip: If the idea of date night is to ‘get in the mood’ then ‘do it’ first because 1) you’ll be too full after the fondue and 2) you’ll be excited to eat the fondue so you’ll be extra keen to ‘do it’.

Draw or paint a portrait of each other

You can either be a good artist and impress your partner or you could be really shit like me and it is the funniest thing you have every seen in your life. It’s actually better the shitter you are. Nudity optional on this one.

Pretend you’re on Gogglebox

I basically do this every night without my husband even knowing. He’s used to me talking through TV shows and the bad habit has actually rubbed off on him too. He says some seriously funny stuff, sometimes even more than 3 things a day which is usually his limit. Side note: This will not work if either party is watching their favourite show and trying to concentrate. If the TV is paused and rewound or the volume is turned up you know you need to zip it.

So there you have it. Let me know your home date night ideas for poor people over on my Instagram @thatgypsymum. 

10 Home date night ideas
Translation: “Help me, I’m poor”
Love & Spirituality

Laws of Attraction: Melbourne Cup

Not that long ago before #mumlife, I had a good job and I could buy whatever I wanted. Since my son has come along I’ve had to prioritise my needs and only buy things that are absolutely necessary. So to get the things I want but don’t really need, I use the laws of attraction and Melbourne Cup was the perfect opportunity.

Yesterday I just knew that I would be manifesting some money. It was a lot of preparation getting my son and myself ready for the 4o minute drive to my mum’s house so she could look after him for the day but I wanted to spend time with my dad and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get dressed up. We went to the races and got there just in time to watch the Melbourne Cup on the big screen. I had a look at the races on in Perth and placed a bet on the horses that gave me a good vibe. I wasn’t even there long enough to watch a live race because after an hour I missed Billy, I was tired and I just wanted to get home. He was ready for a sleep when I got to my mum’s so I tried settling him but the dress I was wearing was way too tight and I not so gently placed him in the cot, shocking him awake. I changed my dress, tried again and with a bit of work was successful the second time.

I was having a coffee with mum when I checked my phone and realised I had won $50. An hour later as I was getting ready to leave I checked again and I had a total winnings of $150. At this point I was getting pretty excited because I had two more bets to go and I just knew they were going to come good. By the time I got home, my betting account had $245.59 in it. I celebrated with a little victory dance and a round of ‘If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands’. All up a very successful day! I won money, mum spent time with her grandson, I spent time with my dad and we got some great photos. Thank you Universe for continuing to bless me. The laws of attraction work for me every time.

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Law of Attraction: Money Manifestation

I haven’t written about the law of attraction for a while and to be honest I’ve only been working on it for money manifestation. Every day I say to myself at least once, (often multiple times) ‘money comes easily and frequently’. I especially focus on this when I think I can’t afford something. I try to refocus that disappointment with a big breath and say my mantra and what do you know… it’s working! If you need some convincing then keep reading because this is my law of attraction update for money manifestation.

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Money I’ve manifested in the past month:

  • Lady at Lenards stamped all the spaces on a frequent buyer card so I get $6 off next time I buy chicken.
  • Chicken purchased from Coles went off before the use by date so I got a refund plus free chicken (sensing a theme here).
  • My friend picked up a $20 note off the ground in front of us so we got free coffees.
  • Last time I went to the supermarket everything was on special plus I got $10 off that shop thanks to bonus reward points.

If you’re still with me, it gets even better:

  • We got $50 off our next gas bill for changing the company.
  • I rang up Foxtel and asked for a discount and they gave me $25 off per month for the next 12 months.
  • I used my flybys rewards card and the cashier said I got a bonus $100 off thanks to Coles insurance!

Now if I hear you shouting ‘it’s a coincidence you idiot’ then how do you explain this:

  • I found $824.74 in a bank account which was empty only a couple of weeks ago. It’s an account I haven’t used in over three years and I can’t work out where the money has come from because there are no transactions in all the online statements available to me. It’s linked to my shares and I only discovered it because I was checking to see what price they were.

So basically I’m blown away with my efforts, over $1000 worth of cash and discounts in the past month. Oh and just in case you need one more reason to start using the law of attraction for money manifestation. Yesterday I was thinking I really wanted a new pram and whilst writing this my husband sent me a text to ask if we want his friend’s pram, he didn’t even know I wanted one!

Do you use the law of attraction? I love hearing stories about what people have manifested!

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I bought my wedding dress before I was engaged

Most people say it’s bad luck for the groom to see the wedding dress before the big day so I really hope that’s not true!

One day I was having brunch with two of my best friends and we decided to have a look at some dress shops. We went into a nice boutique and among the formal gowns I saw THE dress. It was Eileen Kirby and it was what I had always imagined my wedding dress to be. It didn’t take a lot of encouragement for me to try it on and when I did it fit perfectly. I looked at the others with the biggest smile on my face and we decided I should get it. I asked the lady who worked there if I could put it on lay-by, she said sure then asked when the wedding was. I had to admit I wasn’t engaged ‘but I do have a boyfriend’ I said sounding desperate as they come. The look on her face was priceless, she told me the dress needed to be paid off and collected within 6 weeks. I assured her that I definitely would be coming back to get the dress.

Wedding Dress

Four weeks later I went with my friends from work to collect the dress. They all oohed and aahed about how lovely it was. A few giggles about when I was going to wear it but I just knew I would be getting married one day and this was the dress I would be married in. I was so excited to have it and carefully laid it down in the boot of my car. On the way home from work I was going to drop it off at my parents house but it was really stormy and traffic was bad, I didn’t want to have an accident with my beloved dress in the back so I decided to drive straight home and worry about it in the morning.

The next morning my boyfriend called me at 5am, he had just left the house to go to work so I woke up in a daze. He said the boot of my car was open and water was pouring inside but he closed it. Nothing wakes you up in the morning like your boyfriend discovering a secret wedding dress! So my heart started beating really really fast and I asked him what was in the boot. He said ‘Some white dress in a plastic bag’. I said it must be my grandmothers clothes (it did have a vintage look to it). He didn’t even question me! Phew I was off the hook. Haha my secret wedding dress was still a secret!

I immediately ran outside to get the dress, luckily the plastic cover (not bag) had protected it so it was only slightly damp. I got ready for work and on the way dropped the dress off at my parents house. I hung it up in their stairwell to dry. My parents were pretty much like WTF are you doing with a wedding dress and mum was really concerned I was setting myself up for disappointment. I was really defensive ‘he already has the ring!’ but looking back now buying a wedding dress before a proposal was pretty ambitious, even for me.

I went to work and as I sat at my desk, my boyfriend called again and I started to panic. Basically he was ringing to make sure that I was at work because he was worried my car battery could be flat from the boot light being on all night. Phew he had no idea.

Luckily the dress was fine, he proposed a year later, the wedding shoes I had bought (6 months before I got the dress) matched, we got married and so far happily ever after!

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