Experts tell us, as good parents, it’s important to continue to “date” our spouse. What the experts leave out is exactly where to get the finances to pay for this essential outing. Maybe they make more than the average Detroit family?


A budget-based sit down restaurant date night doesn’t need to cost almost as much as your car payment. In fact, you can eat at some of Metro Detroit’s nicest restaurants for just a fraction of the price as the menus say.

As an added bonus, you can actually have a place to sit and talk with your spouse without your arm sticking to the table from spilled juice or Cheerios crunching under your feet as you walk.

That’s worth its weight in gold! sells gift certificates to Detroit’s finest at pennies on the dollar. Many of their promotions allow you to purchase a $25 gift certificate for $2 to $3. A few times a year they even offer the $25 gift certificates for $1. Weekly Promo Offer 125 X 125

Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t hole in the wall spots around town. They are the chic sit down places that you ate at sans kids.
My absolute favorite restaurant, “The Melting Pot” in Troy, participates in this gift certificate program. My husband and I went there last year for our anniversary. We were able to talk through an entire meal without being interrupted one time. It was amazing! Oh, and the food was good, too!

Spending some alone time with your spouse truly is important. In the end, it makes you better parents. Don’t let budget issues hold you back. Pinching your pennies doesn’t need to dampen your style. There are ways to save a bundle today with a number of money saving websites. Let those online bargain hunting websites do all the hard work for you. gift certificates are just one way you can do save money and live it up in Detroit. Who knew you could have fine wine taste on a juice box budget?

Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.