Monday, March 22, 2010

The Cheap Date Night Challenge!

This past weekend I was challenged by Blockbuster Express to come up with a date night (dinner and a movie) for under $25. My Blockbuster Express kiosk is at my local grocery store, so I decided to pick up dinner there. The process was pretty easy and allowed me to search both by new releases or by the DVD's name. You can also reserve your movie online and pick it up in store. I thought the selection was really good. When you search for a film, the Blockbuster Express will even tell you if the movie you want is not in stock. I LOVE this feature because at other kiosks I've used I've gotten a little frustrated when the film's status wasn't clear. The kiosk was easy to work and worked pretty smoothly. And at $1 a night, you can't beat the price!

We rented "500 Days of Summer". This was great, but I had a heck of a time returning the movie the next day. Apparently if you try to return the movie to a different kiosk then you rented from, and they don't carry that particular movie - the machine won't take the movie. I hope Blockbuster changes this policy as there kiosks grow. One thing I really liked about Blockbuster Express is that it shows your total when you return your movie. (I.E. $1 for one night, $2 for two nights).

For dinner we had an absolute feast: Salad, French Bread, Rotisserie Chicken, Honey Glazed Carrots (DH's favorite!) and Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Better yet, most of them were pre-made so all I had to do was heat them up and set them out!!! What's better on a date night then not cooking? :) For dessert we had cheesecake and strawberries and then some Reese's Pieces with the movie! Yeah we were totally stuffed - and had enough for another two meals! (Need ideas for leftovers? check out my Ideas for Rotisserie Chicken post!)

Our date night was a blast! After a hectic work week, it was great to just stay home and have a nice meal together. And for less than $25, (with leftovers!) it was definitely a frugal (& fabulous!) night. :)

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What are your Cheap Date Night ideas? LMK!

I received a gift card from Collective Bias for participating in the Cheap Date Night promotion for Blockbuster Express.

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Zippy said...

That's MY kind of date night too - no cooking. I've been wanting to see 500 Days of Summer. How was it?