|In the pattern of all things frugal at Humorous Homemaking, I decided to do a post for you all to give you some frugal ideas for Father’s Day. I looked at tons of websites to see what dads really want…..and are you ready for this? Most of the time, those things aren’t expensive. However, I did find out that most dads do not want a big honking orange tie that says BEST DAD on it. They really don’t….why do you think you find those on the clearance rack? Last year I got Barry a cheesy gift from Annie – a mug with photos on it. He’s still using it….he’s more graceful than I am, so he doesn’t break mugs on a regular basis. This year we decided that we weren’t going to spend money on gifts for each other until we paid off the house. That’s our gift to each other instead – extra house payments. But, here are some ideas for you that will cost little out of pocket for you.|
|This one popped up everywhere I looked. Dads want clean cars……those Cheerios on the floor that don’t bother you, really bother him. Really. He’s afraid he’ll go to an important meeting with a Cheerio plastered to his rear end. He would really love it if you and the kids would spend some time cleaning his car on the inside and out. This one should be pretty much free if you have car supplies at home – it only costs you time…..which he will really appreciate. Don’t put a flowerdy air freshener in there when you’re done – more like one in the scent of dirt…….or grease.|
|This is a very popular one as well – yard work. Dad mows the yard because he has to. He doesn’t want people driving by and assuming that no one lives there. If you can, mow for him while you send him out to a movie or to spend time with buddies. You could also pull weeds or use the weed-eater. This is not a chore for me. I get really bad allergies when I do this stuff…..and I have the Black Thumb of Death. So, Barry would come home and the yard would be dead. Not a good gift.|
|This one costs money, but not very much. Run out to Ross, TJ Maxx, or the Dollar Tree and pick up a 4×6 frame (one with dad on it would be an extra plus). Then take a photo of your kids and get it printed for less than $1 at Walgreens (that’s for you Mike!). Put the photo in the frame and present it to dad for his desk at work. He’s always proud to show off his kids…..especially if they are clothed and without strawberries smeared all over their face.|
|This one is good for sports crazy dads……..have a ball game in the living room! Turn the game one and spread a blanket out in the floor. Serve hot dogs with all the fixings and peanuts…..but without the shell unless you’ve got a kicking awesome vacuum. Everyone will enjoy this one….if you like sports that is. We’re not really sports people – except Annie. She loves “ball.” She watched it with her Grandad. Like Mother, like Daughter does not apply here.|
|Let Dad be King For The Day. Make him a crown out of construction paper and let your kids decorate it (think Burger King…..or go there and bum a crown). Make his favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then let him choose what he wants to do all day – even if that doesn’t involve his family. If he wants a bubble bath with candles and soft music, you might want to seek professional help. After a day of this, Monday might be a big letdown. 😉|
|Of course, coupons are always a good idea. 🙂 Make a booklet with your kids and put things in it like: good for one nap; good for one hug; good for a noogie; good for one guy’s night out; good for time with Mommy; good for a pedicure. Here is a Microsoft Coupon Book Template so you don’t even have to make your own See #3.You can also send your dad a free ecard from Smart Balance. Just select, personalize, and send. Pretty easy stuff!
So, those are my ideas. I know there are about a billion more. Share your favorites below.
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