In Nova Scotia, Canada, Yvonne and her husband, Dean, think spending time together is more important than spending money. For their gift to each other, the couple put their own spin on the 12 Days of Christmas. "We call our idea the 12 Dates of Christmas," Yvonne says. "So during the month of December, we go out on 12 fun and inexpensive dates."

From ice-skating to bowling to just staying home and making cookies, Yvonne and Dean say making time for a dozen dates each holiday season brings them closer together without breaking their budget.


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