How do you spend time with your spouse during the recession?

United States
March 17, 2009 8:49pm CST
During the recession my husband and I spend more time watching different TV movies that come on reqular TV. We do not have cable, or satellite. We find just watching the movies or programs that come on to be satisfying. Sure we would love to watch the latest movies, but this will have to do for now. I make all home cooked meals now, nothing store bought, so we spend more time together while I am cooking and then when we eat the meals. Spending more time with each other just taking a ride, or walk, sharing magazine articles, helping each other outside or inside. Just spending more quality time together. Also spending more time visiting the kids and grand kids.
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@ktosea (2025)
• China
18 Mar 09
well,almost the same,here in our location we could download the latest movies or serials for free,so I often watch one movie at the night and at the weekend my girl friend and I will cook together,lounge in the parks which are free to the citizens.it's a hard time but life has to be going on have a nice day,Mary
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• United States
18 Mar 09
Thank you ktosea, yes it is definitely a very hard time for a lot of countries, and I would venture to say, most of the countries. We all did with out a lot of things before, and we sure and manage without them, that just might bring families and loved ones that much closer. Have a wonderful day too. Hugs Mary
• United States
18 Mar 09
Hi Marylynn, What my husband and I would do is go fishing together. We both enjoy it more then anything . It's so relaxing sitting at the side of a lake trying to catch fish . Whenever we felt like we were under alot of stress , that's where we would go . It only cost as much as the bait you were using , and if you are lucky you catch fish to feed the family.
@ponganne (19)
• Australia
19 Mar 09
Recession has also cause me and my husband to cut back on the already infrequent luxuries that we used to enjoy. But on the other hand, trying to save has also brought us closer together. Instead of going out for dinner, we now make homecooked meals which we both enjoy since we are still new at cooking. Every mealtime is a learning experience. We take long walks around the park and harbour, just enjoying the sights and each other's company. It allowed us to communicate more effectively, since there's no tv blaring out in the background. So I guess it's true what they say that hard times can either make or break a marriage, and I'm glad its making mine stronger.
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• United States
19 Mar 09
That is great to hear. How long have you been married. One can spend precious time with each other and not have to spend money. Same with giving each other birthday, or anniversary cards. Making one on the computer or by hand, is much more meaning full than spending money. We help each other in the kitchen too, we get more talking in that way, too.
@lynnemg (4536)
• United States
19 Mar 09
We spend time together talking, working together on things around the house, taking part in the kids' extra-curricular activities, and sometimes, watching television. We really don't turn on the t.v. much, but we do try to spend time talking to each other.
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• United States
19 Mar 09
The hubby does his outside things on the farm, and I putz around the house. In the evening we chat a bit, or watch TV or look up things on the computer, sometimes we just walk around outside.
• United States
19 Mar 09
My husband and I spend time like we've always enjoyed spending time together. We've always loved just hanging out at home together. We watch TV, movies or just sit together and enjoy being together. Our lifestyle has never been about going out and spending a ton of money. We also go grocery shopping together like we always have and we cook our meals at home and eat dinner together. We clean up after dinner. It didn't take an economic recession for us to get that spending time together is what keeps our relationship solid.
• United States
19 Mar 09
We do many of those type of things together too, and always have. We never were one to go out and spend money to be with each other, but now that we are getting older, it would be nice, but not till the recession is over. That is great that you spend so much time together, we use to before we had the kids, then it was spending more time with them, and for them, which happens in many marriages, and then after they leave, one has to get use to each other again.
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
18 Mar 09
We spend a lot more time at home, that's for sure! We don't have cable TV either and we too are happy to watch what is on the television. My sister bought us a lot of DVDs from Bali of latest releases so we are looking forward to those! We go out for drives and we buy cheap ice creams from MacDonalds instead of going out for meals and we allow ourselves take away food once a fortnight. We have a pool so we spend a lot of time swimming and having fun at home as it's summer in Australia right now. We just make do; as long as our little family is together we entertain each other and we are fine. P.S. Picnics and bike rides are great too!
• United States
18 Mar 09
Sounds great Paula, you age so lucky you have a DVD player. I only have one on my computer. Will have to check with a friend or library for DVD's to watch on my computer, it has a smaller screen, but will do. LOL. I love the picnic ideas, my legs are too out of condition for bike riding, and our kids used our bikes until they didn't work anymore, we just never replaced them. Thank you for the comments. Have a great day.
• United States
18 Mar 09
Hubby and I have been spending more time watching TV as well, and also things like going to the library, or going to a nearby nature preserve and taking a walk or hike. When we go out of town, we plan on using campgrounds and a tent instead of a hotel. We've been cooking together more too, and talking. We take the kids to the park to play basketball (I watch) or skateboard. We drive down to the waterfall close by and have a picnic. I actually like the things we are doing now better than what we used to do.
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• United States
18 Mar 09
I totally agree with you micheleg34. I am enjoying the things we are doing much more also. I have been thinking about that library, that is a great idea. We don't have a preserve around here, but we have Woodland dunes, that just might be something to look into, if it is free. Thank you so much for commenting. Hugs MaryLynn
@bluemars (952)
• Australia
19 Mar 09
Yes there is a lot of time spent at home doing pretty much nothing but watching the tv and movies or taking my dogs for a walk or having family visit. We have not been able to go anywhere really but I am hoping for brighter future and pray all the time that things get better. I am appreciative too of the time that I spend with my friends and family.
• United States
19 Mar 09
Love spending time with the family and friends, as soon as it gets nice out, we will be able to spend time in the garden as well.
@malsun (1528)
• United States
19 Mar 09
Like most of you, we spend more evenings at home. Now that we are staying in we have more time to spend with our child. We have picked our lost habit of reading. Fortunately our library is at a walkable distance so we walk (instead of driving) to the library and spend time with our kid in the children's section - sometimes letting her play on her own, helping her with a puzzle, or just sitting down to read a book to her. Picking up a book and reading it leisurely is an awesome thing to do. I have also browsing Internet to look up and know about things that I always thought of doing "when I have more time". I know recession is a tough time for all of us. But it also is a time to introspect our busy erratic lifestyle and set our priorities right.
• United States
19 Mar 09
That is so very true malsun. I wish our library was within walking distance. We live out in the country, so we have to drive to get to town. Our children are grown and married, and have been gone for many years already, it is just the two of us. I enjoy finding different things to do on the internet, or look at craft things, or items to make, with things I have around the house.