Cheap dates.

Finding it hard to keep things interesting with your spouse in these dire economic times? Fear not., an initiative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is on it. The Web site recently published a list of "ten cheap dates."Heart: right place. Execution...yikes. Here are some of the more cringeworthy suggestions:

(2) Tech-free night. Turn off your cell phones, computer, the TV, and the lights. See whats left to do without electricity. Sing old songs, have a pillow fight, recount stories of how you met, plan for the future.

(6) Evening at the Ritz. Dress up and go to the lobby of an elegant hotel. Sit in the lounge and order a drink or snack. People watch and fantasize.(7) Home spa. Create a home spa for the evening. Put on soothing music, light some scented candles, give each other a massage. Give your husband a pedicure or paint your wifes toenails, if you dare.(8) Cheap gift challenge. Head to your local department store and challenge each other to come up with the most romantic gift possible. Two requirements: It can't cost more than $20, and it must be used that night.(10) Find-My-Heart treasure hunt. Cut out some paper hearts and hide them around your home. On each heart write an endearing statement about your spouse plus a clue to the next heart. At the end enjoy a heartfelt treat together.

Pillow fight? Paint your wife's toenailsif you dare (because the odor could overwhelm, she could spasmodically kick you, what?)? Construction-paper heart hunt? Really? I can't decide what's worse, the notion that this is how adult couples behave, or the suggestion that spouses plan their future in the dark.(H/T RNS blog.)

Grant Gallicho joined Commonweal as an intern and was an associate editor for the magazine until 2015. 

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