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November 26, 2018

Why Date Night Is So Important in Marriage – with Martin Dasko and Kristen Manieri


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The more I think about it, talk about it and research it, I feel like “date night” might be one of the most important investments we can make for our long-term family happiness.

I know it's something that I’m personally working on. With two small kids and the responsibilities of life, date night sometimes takes a backseat.

That changes now!

On today’s show, we’re going to do three things:

  1. We’re going to hear from professional writer, podcaster and YouTuber, Martin Dasko. Since he focuses most of his content on personal finance and dating from a single guy’s perspective, he’s going to tell us married folks can spice up our marriages without going broke.
  2. After our chat with Martin, I’m going to interview Kristen Manieri, the founder of Do Good Date Night. Kristen started this organization to help couples have an opportunity to give back in their community while having fun with their spouses.
  3. After we get inspired by Kristen, I’m going to share my top 3 takeaways so you can start creating some epic date nights with your spouse.
Couple holding hands in city

What are we covering?

Martin, Kristen and I discuss:

  • What happens when we get complacent in our relationships
  • Over a dozen fun date night ideas
  • How doing new experiences together can enhance your marriage

This double date night interview will inspire you to give your marriage a jolt. Martin and Kristen are definitely inspiring me to shake things up in my relationship.



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About Our Guest:  Martin Dasko

Martin Dasko on the beach

Martin has been helping young people reach financial freedom without missing a party for ten years now as a professional writer, podcaster and YouTuberMartin feels that planning your weekends is stressful enough and personal finance should be easy.

Martin’s exciting advice on life has been featured in Fox Business News, LifeHacker and The Simple Dollar.

About Our Guest:  Kristen Manieri

Kristen Manieri, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Kristen Manieri is the creator of Do Good Date Night, a nonprofit event series that combines date night with volunteering. A prolific writer, she has been blogging about date night for 11 years through her sites: Orlando Date Night Guide and Date Night Guide.

She's also the host of The Synced Life podcast, which explores topics related to human connection and seeks to inspire listening to upgrade their quality of life by upgrading the quality of their relationships. She lives in Orlando with her husband, Marc and their two daughters.

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If you have a financial victory you want to share on this show, please leave me a voicemail (or an email) and include the following:

  • First name
  • Location
  • Your recent big win
  • How you did it
  • If/How you celebrated
  • Your financial plans for the future

Your story will inspire others to save more, make more and plan for their family’s future.

Show Resources


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Martin Dasko’S RESOURCES

Article MentionedThe Ultimate List of Date Night Ideas So You Never Get Bored

Kristen Manieri’S RESOURCES

PodcastThe Synced Life


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I’m creating a fun way for the Marriage, Kids and Money Community to Give Back this holiday season.

I’m calling it “Big Tip Tuesday” …

Here’s how it goes:
  1. Choose a random Tuesday during November or December
  2. Go to a place where someone in the service industry is working during the holidays to make money for the holidays or simply make ends meet. For example, you could go to a diner in a working-class neighborhood, a coffee shop or even your local sandwich shop.
  3. Buy something for yourself and leave a VERY generous tip. The size of that tip is up to you. You decide what “generous” means. Similar to the giving challenge last year, Nicole and I are going to give $100 twice. One of the $100 has been donated by Rockstar Finance and the other $100 will be from the Hill Family.
  4. If you get a receipt, write on the receipt #BigTipTuesday and leave them a note of gratitude for their service and wish them a happy holiday
  5. Share the receipt on social media with the hashtag #BigTipTuesday and contact me (voicemail or email) to tell me how it went!

I would love for our community to surprise 10 hard working people in the service industry with $100. That would be $1,000 of joy spread to those who are working hard during the holidays.

So, what do you think? Are you in?

Please email me and let me know. Giving is SO much fun. Think about the smile you’ll bring to someone’s face who is not expecting it.


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Carpe Diem Quote

“I believe my life’s gonna see, the love I give returned to me.”
– John Mayer

What's been the best date you've had?

How often do you do date night?

Please let me know in the comments below!


Marriage, Kids and Money, Andy Hill

Andy Hill

Andy Hill, AFC® is the award-winning family finance coach behind Marriage Kids and Money - a platform dedicated to helping families build wealth and happiness. With millions of podcast downloads and video views, Andy’s message of family financial empowerment has resonated with listeners, readers and viewers across the world. When he's not "talking money", Andy enjoys being a Soccer Dad, singing karaoke with his wife and relaxing on his hammock.


  • We are trying to set our next date night! It’s so important for my husband and I to get some time to ourselves at least once a month. Sometimes we try and decide on a great movie that’s in the theater and go enjoy ourselves!

    • Man, I used to LOVE going to movies pre-kids. As they get older, we’re taking them with us, but it is so fun to get time alone with just Nicole.

      Once a month is my goal going forward!


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