Love More, Spend Less: 10 Almost Free Ways to Keep your Boyfriend………Happy

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Dating can be difficult when you are strapped for cash. Sam and I are always trying to find (almost) free ways to show our bf’s some love…especially since our mindful spending has a big impact on their lives too!!

Dating and wise spending don’t always go hand in hand, especially during the early stages of dating. It cab be easy to fall into a pattern of showing and measuring love or happiness using dollars and cents. Being a money-hoarding miser is not attractive, but spending recklessly is actually just as ludicrous. I would never forbid occasionally splurging on the cute guy that makes your coffee every morning, but it’s important to think about the free (and almost free) things we can do nearly every day to keep our boyfriends happy and happy to be part of our lives. Here are the top 10 ways I Love More and Spend Less on a regular basis.

1. Do his Laundry:  Laundry sucks, and if you are willing to spend your day sorting, washing, drying, and folding his clothes he will know that love runs deep through your veins. Bonus points if you put them away for him too.

Cost: $0

2. Cater his Parties: Whether he is hosting or attending, there is a good chance that this football marathon day or championship watch-party will need snacks and/or food to reach its full potential. Save him some stress and make him proud to be dating you by whipping up a dish to bring along. When you put extra effort (even if it is just a little bit extra) into keeping/making him and his friends happy, you are successfully showing him you love him.

Cost: $0-$20.00 (you might be able to use groceries you already have in your kitchen)

3. Beer

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Having beer in the fridge is a simple way to take care of his “needs”

Yes, just “beer”. You can stop and get him a 6 pack of his favorite on your way home from work or have the fridge stocked with cold ones just because. Anything that involves beer, is going to be appreciated. No need to over think this one.

Cost: $10-$25

4. Give him Guys Nights: Even better, grace him with a guys night on a day that you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. And you know that giving him a guys night doesn’t count if you whine about how much time he spends with his friends or you are texting and calling him the entire time he is away. If you can’t see guys night as the win-win situation that it is, you are missing out! He gets to enjoy time with his friends sans lady (love does not mean wearing metaphorical handcuffs), and you get to enjoy some free time as well. Letting him have a life of his own is an extremely reasonable, but often forgotten gift.

5. Support his Team

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Chhheeeeeeiiiiiiiiiffffffffffsssssss!

Depending on where you are from and whether or not you and your man’s favored teams are bitter enemies this can either be very easy or terribly difficult. I’m not suggesting you throw your team under his team’s bus and then hitch a ride; however, it won’t kill you to use a koozie with his teams’ colors or congratulate him on his team’s victory…under your breath…after he falls asleep 😉

Cost: $0

6. Make Dinner: Dudes love foods. It’s a magical but simple formula. One of the greatest parts about showing love through food is that it doesn’t need to be a fancy or exhausting meal. A sandwich will get the job done. Seriously.

Cost: $0 (if you use the groceries you already have in your kitchen)

7. Underwear and Socks: I don’t know why or how, but men keep underwear and socks waaaay beyond their expiration date. If you don’t clean out that drawer, no one will. Buy him a pack of underwear and/or socks every few months.  I would highly advise against those “every few months” that you happen to surprise him with new underpants fall on holidays like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or Birthdays–that’s just cold. It might not be the most romantic thing that will happen all month, but it will definitely be appreciated.

Cost: $12.00

8. Love his Dog:

love his dogIf has a dog, love it. This means snuggling, walking, feeding, and bathing. If he doesn’t have a dog, be nice to his best human friend because he is important too.

Cost: $0

9. Surprise him with Notes: Leave notes in places you know he will find them—his pockets, wallet, in the silverware drawer to surprise him when he is least expecting it, especially if he’s been in a rough patch lately. Who better to be his number one cheerleader than you?!? Realize that these do not have to be lovey-dovey, kissy-kissy all the time. Funny notes are a great way to make anyone feel good quickly. Laughter is the best medicine.

Cost: $0.00

10. Be his #1 Fan:

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If you can look past this handsome beefy bulldog, you will see that I am representing my man’s fan club at his soccer game on a beautiful Sunday morning.

Go beyond supporting his favorite college or professional sports team. If he is part of something he is proud of—soccer team, chess team, giving a speech at an important event, getting a promotion, standup comedian, in a band—you can show him you are proud of him too! Make it a point to attend his game or event, and make sure you also tell him how awesome you think he is.

Cost: $0.00

10. Cater his Parties: Whether he is hosting or attending, there is a good chance that this football marathon day or championship watch-party will need snacks and/or food to reach its full potential. Save him some stress and make him proud to be dating you by whipping up a dish to bring along. When you put extra effort (even if it is just a little bit extra) into keeping/making him and his friends happy, you are successfully showing him you love him.

Cost: $0-$20.00 (you might be able to use groceries you already have in your kitchen)

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Loving for free in your everyday life allows you to enjoy bigger life experiences without stressing about how you are going to pay for them.

Here is an example of one of our favorite ways to splurge on each other

Here is an example of one of our favorite ways to splurge on each other

 We want to know: How do you let your significant other know you think he/she is the bee’s knees without purchasing material gifts or buying dinner every weekend?

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