Finance Date Night recap + reserve tickets for the next one!

Finance Date Night - ticket includes 2-course dinner and personal coaching from family finance experts! Details at FunCheapOrFree.com

Ok guys, I have to be honest with you. I was a little nervous about our first Finance Date Night. It was not only a spur-the-moment, throw-it-together-in-3-days kind of a thing, but it's something so different than Bubba or I have ever done before. (*ENTER uncertainty and nerves.) But Bubba and I really wanted to gather an intimate group of couples together and really help them work on the stuff that is hard to do on their own, and even hard to read about and understand online…so we moved forward anyway.

The good news? It was SO. DARN. FUN!!! It really was an amazing night. The feedback we got was so positive (see below to prove it) we have decided to make these a monthly affair! We have our next 2 FDN's on the schedule – Finance 101 (on September 20), and Finance 909 on (October 18) – read to the bottom to learn what the difference is and how to snag your tickets before they are gone, FYI.

Here's a quick recap of our first ever FDN so you can see what the fuss is all about: (ps, huge thanks to Alisha – our Operations Manager – and owner of Bear Print Photo for the amazing pics!)

Our first FDN:

 We kept our first group small, with just 20 of us. It was a great way to start off the FDN's since we all got to know each other well! Here we are mingling and ordering our delicious dinner (included in the ticket price, mind you) before presentations started.

Finance Date Night - ticket includes 2-course dinner and personal coaching from family finance experts! Details at FunCheapOrFree.com

Ok, seriously, how gorgeous is Toscana?? I still can't believe they let us do the event there…

Finance Date Night - ticket includes 2-course dinner and personal coaching from family finance experts! Details at FunCheapOrFree.com

Bubba and I had to work through some technical difficulties at first, but got it figured out. P.S I tried doing my hair in about 5 different ways before I gave up and went back to my good ol' 5-minute updo that continues to save my life. And yes, that is a necklace bobby-pinned in my hair.

Fancy Finance Date Night -110

 The menu will change every time, but here's the 3-course dinner from this time around:

Finance Date Night - ticket includes 2-course dinner and personal coaching from family finance experts! Details at FunCheapOrFree.com

Bubba and I had such a great time getting to know the group, hearing why they were there and what they wanted to learn, and forming our presentation around the questions and needs of the group.

Finance Date Night - ticket includes 2-course dinner and personal coaching from family finance experts! Details at FunCheapOrFree.com

Ok, and really, how handsome is my man?? Spoiler alert: Outfit details for both he and I coming very soon! (…and it may just include some exclusive promo codes for y'all ;))

Finance Date Night - ticket includes 2-course dinner and personal coaching from family finance experts! Details at FunCheapOrFree.com

Note to self: Candids are NOT my friend since I'm so expressive when I talk. Need to work on that.

It was definitely a no holds-barred, candid presentation as Bubba and I shared our secrets about EVERYTHING…how much money we make/spend on things, fights we've had about money and how we resolved them, and gave away basically every secret in the book.

As mentioned, your ticket includes a 3-course dinner for two as well as all the handouts and info you would need for the night. These are items from the menu we got to select from this time. It takes all forms of self-control to avoid licking my ravioli plate.

Finance Date Night - ticket includes 2-course dinner and personal coaching from family finance experts! Details at FunCheapOrFree.com

 I even made these oh-so-official FDN books for every couple so they don't have to scramble to take so many notes throughout the night…and just to keep it fancy, of course.Finance Date Night - ticket includes 2-course dinner and personal coaching from family finance experts! Details at FunCheapOrFree.com

We do lots of hands-on exercises so each couple has a clear plan of action to follow once they get home, and we plan to do even MORE things like this for our next FDN's.

Finance Date Night - ticket includes 2-course dinner and personal coaching from family finance experts! Details at FunCheapOrFree.com

Again, it was really such a fun night. Not only was it a fabulous excuse to get dolled up and eat fancy food, but Bubba and I were blown away with the amazing couples and feel like we made some great friends. We can't wait to do it again!…

Finance Date Night - ticket includes 2-course dinner and personal coaching from family finance experts! Details at FunCheapOrFree.com

…but don't take my word for it, check out what our attendees had to say:

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Finance Date Night survey results

Here's what we're doing differently this time:

Even though the feedback was extremely positive, there are definitely some things that would make FDN's even better! Here's what we're changing this time around:

  • The feedback we got was that 2 hours wasn't long enough. So we're extending it to 3 hours to allow for even more time to make sure we cover everyone's questions and needs. Because of this extra hour and the overhead cost of the food and location, the pricing has to go up to $59/couple. But it's only a $4.50 per person increase for a whole extra hour with us so I'm sure you'll find the slight increase well worth the cost! (or, at least I hope so…)
  • Some attendees had the fabulous idea to hand out homework and reading BEFORE the FDN, so everyone is on the same page once arriving. That way we don't have to back-track and cover things that can be watched or read online; we can dive right in to specific questions, situations, issues, and needs of the couples attending. I thought that was SUCH a great idea! So each couple will get important homework prior to coming, that they need to read together. Then they can come with questions, rather than listening to a presentation that you might have already heard on my blog or at Frugality Boot Camp.
  • We will be specifying the focus of each FDN in terms of finance lessons that will be taught. One thing I noticed is that it was tricky to cover everyone's needs in a room where some people are still in school, have tons of debt, and aren't taking a paycheck…sitting next to a family that is completely out of debt, has tons in savings, and is looking for advice on retirement and investments. So we are going to pick a theme for each FDN – either “Finance 101” (which covers family finance fundamentals) or “Finance 909″ (which is the next step in family finance – read full descriptions below for more info). This will ensure that you aren't lost or feeling out of place within the group.
  • We are giving much more than 3 days notice before the FDN's so you have plenty of time to find a sitter, grab some couple friends to come with you (you get $10 refunded back for every couple you bring, by the way!!)

So…How do I sign up for the next FDN?

Finance Date Night - ticket includes 2-course dinner and personal coaching from family finance experts! Details at FunCheapOrFree.com

Well, I'm so glad you asked! As promised, we are planning WAY ahead for the next two. However, tickets sell out remarkably fast (and we have to be very strict about the amount of available seats) so reserve your spot while you can!

FINANCE 101: Sept 18, 6:30 – 9:30

Any and all couples are invited to ANY FDN! But we have learned that by grouping couples together that are in similar financial situations, it is most beneficial for participants. This particular Date Night will cover a wide variety of topics, but will be mainly focused on FINANCE 101. This FDN is perfect for a family who may fit into any of the following categories:

  • Is looking to get out of debt,
  • Wants to learn how to set and track budgets,
  • Is living paycheck to paycheck or feels that money is tight each month,
  • Is preparing to move from 2 incomes to one,
  • Is wanting to learn how to cut back to get on a good financial track WITHOUT giving up quality of life,
  • Wants to build up savings and make wise decisions about money left over at the end of the month,
  • Wants to get on the same page as their spouse in terms of managing finances,
  • Is preparing for a financial change in their lives,
  • Wants to know how to get ahead on a paycheck that just isn't enough,
  • Wants to learn the fundamentals of solid, effortless family finance.

You will get 1-on-1 help and advice from the Pages. Registered attendees decide what topics will be covered, to ensure that the night is 100% about YOU!

 

FINANCE 202: Oct 18, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Any and all couples are invited to ANY FDN! But we have learned that by grouping couples together that are in similar financial situations, it is most beneficial for participants. This particular Date Night will cover a wide variety of topics, but will be mainly focused on FINANCE 202* (update below). This FDN is perfect for a family who may fit into any of the following categories:

  • Is debt-free (may or may not include a mortgage or car loan), or is nearly debt-free
  • Has several months to live off of in savings,
  • Has a good grasp on basic finance fundamentals for their family,
  • Has set and achieved several of their financial goals,
  • Receives a consistent paycheck and wants to know how to manage it/stretch it farther,
  • Is interested in ideas for investing and retirement,
  • Wants to communicate better with their spouse about finances,
  • Wants to learn how to spend their money wisely,
  • Wants to be frugal, but without giving up quality of life.

*Update: This FDN used to be called Finance 909, but I have changed it to “Finance 202” because there will be a good mix of those who are still in the “figuring it out” stage, and those are in the “next stage” phase. We will be able to incorporate both stages of life into this FDN, so really, it will be perfect for anyone!

Regardless of which FDN you attend, registered attendees decide what topics will be covered, to ensure that the night is 100% about YOU!

Prior to the Date Night, each couple will be emailed important homework and reading to do together as a couple. This will ensure that the 3 hours you get with the Pages won't be spent covering info that can be read online. It will allow you to get as much one-on-one help and coaching as needed, and will give time for us help you create a solid plan and checklist for what to do once you get home!

We hope you will join us and enjoy a memorable night that you and your spouse are bound to never forget.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Space is limited to ensure one-on-one attention, so register while you can!

Eventbrite - Finance Date Night - Finance 101, Sept 20
Eventbrite - Finance Date Night - Finance 202, Oct 18

CURRENT SPECIAL: For every couple you bring, you get $10 off your ticket price (up to $60 off)! Email alisha@funcheaporfree.com once your friend has registered and we will refund $10 off your price (through Eventbrite).

Hope to see you there!

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Comments

  1. Would you consider doing different cities? I live in Kansas City. I would love to do the date night thing!

    • That would be SO FUN! If we got enough interest, I’m sure we could pull something off. It would have to be a pretty large group, is the problem – flights alone would kill us cost-wise. But it’s definitely not out of the question!!

  2. PLEASE do this in Albuquerque, NM or Flagstaff, AZ. We’re only a few hours away from these and I would love to get my husband to come. I’m super frustrated with how our finances are going but don’t know how to change it. Maybe we can get on the same page soon.

  3. PLEASE do this in Albuquerque, NM or Flagstaff, AZ. We’re only a few hours away from each of them and I would love to attend. I feel like my husband and I are on different pages financially in some ways and I’m getting really frustrated over our finances. Maybe something like this would help us.

    • Angela – AZ would be an option, but more in the Phoenix area. We are going there in October, actually, to visit family. If we could get a big enough crowd, we would do something for sure! How far is PHX from Flagstaff?

      • They’re a couple of hours apart. I’m actually about 5 hours from Phoenix but have two kids under 2 that I’d have to arrange sitters for. Still, I’d be open to Phoenix since it has food and shopping choices that I don’t get in ABQ.
        You know, because I’m more important than seeing family 😉

        • Oh man! That’s far! Well, either way we’re trying to work out how to broadcast the date nights for those out of state. Might take a few months but we’re working on it!

          • If you came to phoenix, I would definitely be there! I would love to go to one of these date nights, I love your blog and am trying to make my families finances better, but I struggle because I feel like I can never get ahead.

          • I know how you feel, we were there and still have to work on it every day! I’ll see what I can do about Phoenix 😉

          • A webinar would be great but I’d love to be there in person. Regardless of what happens, I hope you have a great time with your family while you’re in Phoenix.

  4. I am in Seattle so it wouldn’t be likely that I could make a FDN in SLC but am sooooo curious to know what the reading/homework list would be to make sure I am up to par with your most fcf educated followers 🙂 I loved the online boot camp this year and value your wealth of knowledge. Please consider a post with the reading/hw ?!

  5. You two are so cute! I so want to come to Utah to come to one of these/a bootcamp.

    Maybe when your husband gets home you could do a virtual session, similar to your live Q&As? Not sure what that would look like but could be fun!

    Thanks for all that you do for your readers, you’re amazing!

    • Yes I think that’s a great idea! I’m working on it now, may take a little while to figure out but we’ll get there 🙂

  6. How about offering a webinar to those out of state that would like to enjoy learning about some of the same topics? Even offering the webinar at a reduced rate since we wouldn’t be enjoying that delicious food?

    Thanks!

    • Hey Natalie! Great question. The night is really focused on Family Finance – talking with your spouse about finances, dividing up financial responsibilities, working through differences in communication, etc. So it’s really focused on couples and families. However, I’m sure there are great things anyone can learn! So you could bring a friend or a significant other. But really, I would recommend signing up for and watching my Frugality Boot Camp classes. They are more based for an individual, and can be watched in your own time, in your own home. Get all the info here: http://bit.ly/1cpyaor

  7. So…. We’re debt free and have some money in the bank but that’s because we don’t have any cool grown up things….. like a house….. and we’re somehow surviving with one car currently. Would it still be helpful to come to you FDN in October? Or would it be better for us to come to the 101? We need to find more ways to save $ for a down payment and we’re honestly up in the air about what to do about buying another car (we only have a certain amount saved and aren’t sure if a car payment is the way to go or not). Anyway, needing some advice, but not sure what would be most helpful! We currently aren’t putting any into retirement either (no options through work have made that hard to have the motivation to do) and aren’t sure that we have any interest in investing at this point….. :/. Wanting to come to one but aren’t sure which one would be best for our situation! HELP! Thanks 🙂

    • Great question, Heather! Hmm…you definitely could come to either and be just fine. But if you’re looking to decide between the two, I would maybe start with the fundamental class in September. Though we will cover getting out of debt, we will also cover many other basic principles that will help you guys set some financial goals and figure out how to prepare for the next “step”. You might find that after that night you’re ready for Finance 909 so you could do that one too, but I think starting with the 101 might be the way to go since it sounds like you’re still working on the basics. Great job being debt-free, that’s amazing!

  8. Jordan, I love this idea and would love to come to one of your date nights. What a fun event. My husband and I definitely would fit better into the 909 group–we’re debt free except our house. We even pay for cars with cash. My husband has a stable, well paying job. Etc. However, our biggest struggle is seeing eye to eye. I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about working on a budget, but I’m generally pretty frugal and rarely “go shopping” just to “go shopping.” But we do not agree on finances, mainly because my husband believes in saving every penny and living on as little as possible (he wore his roommate’s hand-me-down Nike Air sneakers for running for YEARS until they actually POPPED). Whereas, I believe in having nice things and loving what you have. I like pretty things 🙂 and I also enjoy doing fun things with the family. I’m not opposed to staying in a condo in Hawaii and cooking our own food most of the time instead of going out while on vacation, but I also believe in enjoying the local cuisine and TAKING A VACATION every now and then. Do you think we’d fit into your 909 group, or might you perhaps be doing a different group down the road we’d better fit into. I want to learn how to better work on a budget, but I really want my husband to learn how to spend without feeling like he’s going to break the bank!

    • Heather, you are not alone!! This is were TONS of people are at, which is why we wanted to set up a 909 class for this exact reason – it’s not so much about learning financial fundamentals as it is about getting on the same page and working through a plan moving forward. Hope you can come in October, it sounds like the PERFECT date night for you guys!! XOXO

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