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southernbelle5672
12-18-2008, 09:15 AM
Me and my DH are still very young (in our 20s) and don't have any kids. We go out on the weekends but during the week we usually just plop in front of the TV for hours. I don't think this is doing any good for us intellectually or for our relationship. Sometimes we have played games ... in particular Uno and Chess. But what are some budget activities that we can do to avoid watching TV all night? What are some fun games for two people?

Any suggestions are appreciated :goodvibes :)

worm761
12-18-2008, 09:37 AM
We play scrabble, trivia pursuit, yahtzee. I love Sorry. We cook together too. How about an evening walk? or bike ride?

Nissan_Rogue_Squad
12-18-2008, 09:44 AM
Personally I like the cooking idea, even if that means taking some cooking classes together, that is still time you're doing together and then once you're cooking more often at home, that will help you save some money and you'll also learn more about each others tastes, likes and dislikes. It can turn your meals into an event or an evening long experience almost like a European meal and maybe then you'll be more open to inviting friends over for meals where you can hopefully save some money as opposed to going out all the time.

Just a random thought and probably not the full thought.

Jason

pumpkinfish
12-18-2008, 09:49 AM
museums, parks, art galleries, we do wekend trips to the mountains or beach. We camp so it's very economical and we have some time "away" from life.

Sorry, realized your question was about fun games :goodvibes .

DH has a 360 and we've been known to have some lego star wars or lego indy jones marathons.
We love scrabble so we sometimes do that as well.

Grumpy's Gal
12-18-2008, 11:36 AM
I know you said for 2 people but what also about inviting some friends over? You can watch a rented movie or play games?

mrsbornkuntry
12-18-2008, 11:52 AM
Dh and I play card games and we like to play games on the computer like monopoly and family feud (easier clean up, lol).

I'm interested in what other ideas for entertainment others come up with, we get in the "watching tv" rut alot, too.

kittychatalot
12-18-2008, 11:59 AM
My hubby and I are both 35 and we have been married for ten years. we online game together, playing World of Warcraft, Diablo2, Perfect world, etc. We love it and have made many real life and online friends. When one of us travels we can still play together and we miss each other less. Try perfect world- it is a free download and it is free to play!

Lmichele
12-18-2008, 12:11 PM
join a gym
rescue a dog
(splurge) buy a Wii

Disneefun
12-18-2008, 12:13 PM
We, too, are a young(ish) couple with no kids and here's what we do:First, we got rid of the satellite subs. to keep us from doing the TV thing. We were like you, we felt like our brains were melting. We just get basic TV over the air, but we supplement with Netflix. In place of TV, here are our ideas:

1. Board/Card games: Some of our favorites are: Ticket to Ride, Cranium (figured out how to modify the rules to play w/ just two people), Monopoly, Scattergories, Yahtzee, Pass the Pigs, Killer Bunnies, Risk, Rummikub, Last Word, Pictureka, Scene It (almost any variety), Uno, Skip Bo, Sorry, Magic Kingdom Game, Mad Gab, Life (old or new version), Boggle, Scrabble, Upwords, Trivial Pursuit.

2. Jigsaw puzzles. We tend to get the big ones (1,000 pieces or more) and work on them for days.

(This is a great time of year to get games or puzzles b/c so many retailers are having sales. We usually add a few to our repertoire this time each year.)

3. Playstation: We still have our playstation 2 and we have several games that we both like to play together, as well as some we play on our own. We are, however, saving for a Wii and some games as this looks like something we would really both enjoy. I figure we'll have enough for what we want by March or so and maybe they'll be in stock by then.

4. DH is a big PC gamer and I like to read, so when we want time on our own, this is what we turn to.

5. We do a lot of free things in town like museums, free concerts, etc. In summer, we just sit outside on the deck and talk or listen to music or take walks or bike rides.

6. We like to do some other things like bowling that are somewhat budget, but still cost.

7. We take the money we save from not paying for satellite and not going to te movies, etc. and toss it into the travel fund and take several low cost trips each year (not really budget, but fun and made possible by doing other low cost things through out the year)

Hope this helps!

rumrunnergirl
12-18-2008, 02:35 PM
We have kids, but I'm budget concious, LOL. Some things we do over the summer when the kids are out of school:

bike rides
roller blading / roller skating
star gazing (we put the patio chair cushions on the lawn and try to find the constellations)
canoe rides
sunset trips to the beach
library
bowling
scrapbooking (yes, my DH scrapbooks w/me)
pizza and movie night - make your own pizza - get creative

And things others have mentioned - play Scrabble, Phase 10, join a gym, learn to cook, etc. My DH has decided he wants to learn to paint so he's been renting books and videos that teach watercolor painting. Are there any things you want to learn? Painting, drawing, learn an instrument, photography, etc. Check your local county listings for low cost classes. Learn a craft and give everyone homemade presents next Christmas (my DH also makes jewelry with our DD).

Do you own a house? Are there projects that need to be done? Are your finances in order? If not, now is the time to set a budget, write wills, etc. - get all that taken care of before you have kids. Anything you may want to do - do it now! As my Mom says - once a parent, always a parent!

Leleluvsdis
12-18-2008, 02:42 PM
My husband and I are in a similar situation as you are.
We enjoy anything that says FREE!!! We have bike trails that about about 25 minutes from our house, and it's a central location with some of our friends, We will meet them there and ride our bikes for a couple hours at night. Not only are we getting TONS of exercise b/c we ride at least 10 miles, by the time we get home, it's shower and bed, so we are always in a much better mood the next day compared to when we don't go riding. The trails are really nice, they run through woods, and down my the river. It's part of the cities clean up plan. If you have a local city website, look on their I'm sure they will have several different activites they have.
We also have a springer spaniel who doesn't think she walks on 4 legs but 2 lol! We love doing things with her, whether playing outside, or going walking. She was an engagement gift, but you can also adopt from a local shelter, I know our shelter is $40 to adopt a dog, and they ofter have puppies.
Another we enjoy in the warmer months is yard work/house work. We are always doing something to spruse up our house, although my husband bought it and he and his brother gutted it and re-built the inside, but there are still a couple things they never finished.
That's all I can thinkg of right now. I'll come back if I think of anything else!!!

CinRell
12-18-2008, 02:50 PM
I think sponsoring a dog would be a great project to do together. Especially an undersocialized one. Our rescue has many couples who foster our puppy mill rescues and come to events together and take the pup out or work on lessons at home to help the dog become adjusted to normal life. Plus its doing a great thing! And so many rescues/shelters are BEGGING people to do this!

merekc
12-18-2008, 08:32 PM
Some games my DH and I have always enjoyed together are Rummikub (which is on sale at Target - $10 I think) and Sequence (probably our favorite, it is a faster moving game). There are also some other games by the Sequence maker that are all good.

southernbelle5672
12-18-2008, 08:37 PM
Do you own a house? Are there projects that need to be done? Are your finances in order? If not, now is the time to set a budget, write wills, etc. - get all that taken care of before you have kids. Anything you may want to do - do it now! As my Mom says - once a parent, always a parent!

Yes, we do own our house. Fortunately for us, it is pretty project-free. We do need to paint one of the rooms though. :)

Thanks for all your suggestions! I think your Mom is absolutely right! ;)

southernbelle5672
12-18-2008, 08:44 PM
What great ideas! And it is good to hear that there are a few people out there that can relate to the TV rut. (That makes me feel better!)

We went for a walk tonight and it was a lot of fun! It is actually warm outside right now here (I live in Alabama :)) so I really enjoyed it.

I'm going to look into a lot of the games you guys mentioned.

Unfortunately, where I live there aren't many free things to do. But I will keep an eye out!

I don't think we are quite ready for a dog yet, but that is interesting about sponsoring one. I will have to see if any of the shelters here offer that.

I've never tried online gaming. I will put that on the list~!!

Thanks again everyone! :goodvibes :goodvibes You've all given me great ideas! :idea: I knew I could count on yall! :cool1:

ThreeMusketeers
12-18-2008, 08:51 PM
DH and I have been together 12 years, and every night we go for a walk after dinner.

We also play cards together everynight. Rummy and Poker. Yes, EVERY NIGHT. lol
We have fun with it though.
We also enjoy doing our own personal interests together...he likes Video games, i will pick one up with him like wii sports.
or he will work on a scrapbook page with me.

ShareADreamComeTrue
12-18-2008, 10:03 PM
Okay, so my idea can be a little pricey to start up but is tons of fun and the start up costs (and gas) are really your only expenses.

Go Geocaching...

It's like treasure hunting. You plug coordinates into a hand held GPS (DBF and I like the Garmin eTrex Handheld GPS) and then follow it to a general area, and then you search... Sometimes the caches are small (like a film canister) but we've found some that were rather large Tupperware as well. The idea is you sign the log (swap a "prize" if you wish) and then head off to find another cache... It's loads of fun, gets you outside and moving, and it is really great when you find hidden treasures together.

Read more at - http://www.geocaching.com/

Kycha
12-18-2008, 10:25 PM
Okay, so my idea can be a little pricey to start up but is tons of fun and the start up costs (and gas) are really your only expenses.

Go Geocaching...

It's like treasure hunting. You plug coordinates into a hand held GPS (DBF and I like the Garmin eTrex Handheld GPS) and then follow it to a general area, and then you search... Sometimes the caches are small (like a film canister) but we've found some that were rather large Tupperware as well. The idea is you sign the log (swap a "prize" if you wish) and then head off to find another cache... It's loads of fun, gets you outside and moving, and it is really great when you find hidden treasures together.

Read more at - http://www.geocaching.com/
On a similar vein, how about letterboxing. Similar to geocaching, except you don't need a gps. It is really like a treasure hunt. Where you get clues to find the letterbox.
http://www.letterboxing.org/
http://www.atlasquest.com/

Another idea is volunteering together. There is a great need for volunteers in all kinds of places.

robb01
12-19-2008, 09:04 AM
On a similar vein, how about letterboxing. Similar to geocaching, except you don't need a gps. It is really like a treasure hunt. Where you get clues to find the letterbox.
http://www.letterboxing.org/
http://www.atlasquest.com/

Another idea is volunteering together. There is a great need for volunteers in all kinds of places.

That does sound like fun :) thanks for the idea

sbell111
12-19-2008, 11:11 AM
Okay, so my idea can be a little pricey to start up but is tons of fun and the start up costs (and gas) are really your only expenses.

Go Geocaching...

It's like treasure hunting. You plug coordinates into a hand held GPS (DBF and I like the Garmin eTrex Handheld GPS) and then follow it to a general area, and then you search... Sometimes the caches are small (like a film canister) but we've found some that were rather large Tupperware as well. The idea is you sign the log (swap a "prize" if you wish) and then head off to find another cache... It's loads of fun, gets you outside and moving, and it is really great when you find hidden treasures together.

Read more at - http://www.geocaching.com/I was just about to suggest the same thing. Geocaching is tons of fun and can be done at very little expense.

You will need a GPS, but a basic GPS can be had for a song. Used and refurbished Garmin models can be found on ebay for between $30 and $50. More expensive GPSs come with features that are useful, but not necessary.

Jsme
12-19-2008, 12:17 PM
DH and I love to cook together. We open a bottle of wine and make various courses as we go.

Other options are:
Discount Movies
Museums
Zoo
Parties
Parks
Games
Visit friends or relatives
warm weather go to a lake or beach that might be close by
Hiking
Nature Walks
Library

Check into various classes given by the a community college, restarurants, galleries, museums, hospitals, etc

Join a club

Invite friends over and have a game night, pot luck or progressive dinner

If religious go to Church

brenalexacamp
12-19-2008, 06:06 PM
monopoly, yahtzee, cribbage

ZPT1022
12-19-2008, 08:02 PM
But what are some budget activities that we can do to avoid watching TV all night? What are some fun games for two people?

:banana: :banana:











:rolleyes1




also, check into a museum membership, a lot of times they have reciprocal privileges at lots of other places. Some museums even have freebie nights on their off nights, or a local company will sponsor free admission one night a month.

SplshMtn99
12-19-2008, 08:43 PM
geocaching
www.geocaching.com

we've been doing it since 2002. We do it everywhere we go, everywhere we travel to, family & friends come with us, we do it alone....................... We do it all year round. You can even do it at night.

You'll need a handheld GPS. Membership is free.


HAHAHAHA, I guess I should have read the thread since I'm at least the 3rd person to suggest it.

Be warned. Its addicting. Then you end up doing stuff like buying outdoor equipment and taking geocaching weekend trips. lol We attend our local geocaching events and have made tons of awesome friends.
If its something your really like, the Garmin 60csx GPS is the most popular GPS amongst geocachers. However, a Garmin Etrex Legend is a good basic model too.

CobraBubbles
12-19-2008, 10:24 PM
Something me and my husband are going to do is to take dancing lessons. It might be a little bit much at first, but if you go through like a civic center or something it's not that bad and it gets you out of the house once a week.

We both love hockey so we do that together.

We cook and clean together, too, and go on the computer together. In the summer we take walks or play tennis and we also do video games like aforementioned.

I like the idea of volunteering together, but have yet to do it.

ncbyrne
12-20-2008, 05:24 AM
DH and I are grandparents now, but when we were first married, once a week we had "international night". We'd pick a foreign country. We each had to research the culture (harder in the days before computers!!) and cook a menu with dishes of the cuisine, and oftentimes I decorate a bit too if it was easy enough. It was always interesting, always educational, but best of all, fun!

Jsme
12-22-2008, 07:35 AM
DH and I are grandparents now, but when we were first married, once a week we had "international night". We'd pick a foreign country. We each had to research the culture (harder in the days before computers!!) and cook a menu with dishes of the cuisine, and oftentimes I decorate a bit too if it was easy enough. It was always interesting, always educational, but best of all, fun!


Oh we have done that too. We bought a great International Cook Book but it was so expensive to buy some of the ingredients we stopped. Now that we are older (just turned 40) we can afford it a bit better. I might have to get that cookbook out and play with it some for the new year.

Golf4food
12-22-2008, 09:43 AM
:banana: :banana:

I'm sure this idea would get her DH's vote. ;) :rolleyes:

A Wii is great. Quite a few fun games for two that actually get you moving a bit, and others that don't get you moving but are still lots of fun (we love Lego Indiana Jones - it is quite funny, actually).

southernbelle5672
12-23-2008, 09:02 AM
:banana: :banana:











:rolleyes1




also, check into a museum membership, a lot of times they have reciprocal privileges at lots of other places. Some museums even have freebie nights on their off nights, or a local company will sponsor free admission one night a month.


haha. I knew someone was going to mention that :) :)