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Recession Mama: This might seem like a strange way to save money -- but sometimes you need to stimulate the economy a little.

couple on a date
Here are some quick suggestions for how to not only stimulate the market, but also your relationship and yourself:

• Get a babysitter and go to a movie.
• Treat yourself and get a manicure or massage.
• Have a date night and do something fun with your spouse -- roller skating or miniature golf.
• Plan an evening out to celebrate something or just to reaffirm your relationship.

My husband and I have had a regular date night for almost nine years. During the day, I stay at home with my kids and I would be lying if I said I didn't need a break ... regularly. If you are a single parent, you really, really need a break. Use coupons or passes, or don't. Either way, I tell people that it's cheaper than therapy.

Your time away buys you mental health and emotional well-being, so you can come back to your family clear and fresh -- happy to be there and ready to face that fourth-grade mission project or to bake three dozen cupcakes that look like baseballs for the team party. We need to pace ourselves, 'cause we're in for the long haul....

So what are you waiting for? Get out, already!

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous June 27, 2009, 1:08 PM

For the price of a movie ($30.00) and the sitter ($50-60) I would rather rent a movie and stay home. Unlike our goverment, I don’t understand the reasoning behind spending money to save money.

spend a little reap a lot.  June 29, 2009, 3:22 PM

Save money go to a matine movie. Save money give the kids to reletives to watch for a few hours. It doesn’t have to be so expensive ‘anonymous’ the point is to keep your relationship alive. Staying at home is not what’s going to do the trick.

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