Marital Bingo

Posted by: Shel 16 Comments

Marital BingoIf you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for your spouse that has a little more entertainment value than a bouquet of flowers, how about trying some Marital Bingo?

Here’s how it works: You both list 24 things  you would like the other to do. Vary the list by including some that can be done quickly, some that need a little more effort, and some that are more of an investment. Be reasonable – make sure they are really doable.

You may want to make some rules  as to what’s off limits and/or unacceptable. Examples of things that might be included:

  • make an ice cream run
  • bring home dinner
  • write a thank you to the other’s family member
  • foot rub
  • hang clothes up 3 days in a row
  • no swearing for a day
  • watch spouses show without complaining (Note: saying “See? I didn’t complain” before the final credits have completely run equals complaining!)
  • morning and evening dogwalk
  • empty the dishwasher

Rate each one with a 1, 2, or 3 based on the amount of time/effort needed to achieve.

Make a bingo ‘card’ by either drawing or using the computer to create a grid of 5 x 5 boxes. Put the word “FREE” in the third box of the third row. In each of the other boxes write in an item from your list, making sure to have at least one of each category in each row and column. Exchange your cards. Or you can both use the same card if you can agree on 24 activities, using different colors to mark them off as completed. bingo edit

Pick a prize that each of you will win if you’re the first to get a ‘bingo’ (one line in any direction of accomplished deeds). Maybe something like winner chooses the movie AND movie snacks on a designated night. Pick a bigger prize for a double bingo (dinner at a favorite place even though the non-winner – notice I didn’t say ‘loser’ – isn’t fond of?).

If you’re enjoying the game, agree upon an even bigger prize and play ‘blackout’ – first to complete entire card wins big!

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  • Love this idea, Shel. These old married folks will be playing your game this Valentine’s Day. Thanks.


    • Shel Harrington

      May the best woman win, DiAne! (What can I say – I’m biased!)

  • Keatonsmom

    I am doing this with the whole fam, not just the hubs!

    • Shel Harrington

      Love that, Laura! I hope you’ll let me know who wins!

  • Very clever! Did you come up with this all on your own? (Not that I think you couldn’t.)

    • Shel Harrington

      I absolutely did, Dee Dee. But I hope it spreads like wildfire!!

  • Very clever idea. I’ll be interested to know which of you (you or S) win. 🙂

    • Shel Harrington

      I already won – just by marrying S. (Do I hear an ‘awwwwwwww?’)

  • Great idea, Shel! You need to get a patent this game!

    • Shel Harrington

      I thought about that Jill, but decided it would be cost prohibitive. I’d need a patent attorney – and you know how much those attorneys cost!!!

  • Tricia

    Now that’s cute & fun!

    • Shel Harrington

      Wouldn’t it be fun to see how people’s cards shaped up? Well, maybe not.

  • Lou & Gene

    Absolutely love this idea of a free gift! It could be a month long game! You are so very clever! Happy Valentines Day!

    • Shel Harrington

      Happy Valentines Day to you, too, Lou! (Excuse the over-rhyming!)

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