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Five Ways to Save This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers spent nearly $200 on their dad for the holiday last year on average. Even so, there are many ways you can save during the occasion while still giving your dad an unforgettable day. Below is a list of ways you can help your dad celebrate Father’s Day without breaking the bank.

Try His Favorite Hobby

Some fathers enjoy fishing. Others like working on cars or playing football. Whatever your dad’s hobbies may be, consider pursuing his interests with him this Father’s Day. Participating in a shared activity is not only fun, it can be a bonding experience. If it’s an activity you’ve never pursued before, it’s also an opportunity to learn a new skill. Even if your dad’s favorite hobby is something you might not enjoy, participate anyway. He’ll be happy you’re interested in joining him doing something he loves. 

Do Something Low-Cost

In that same light, another simple way to save this Father’s Day is by doing something with him that’s free or low-cost. Several recreational activities, including hiking, biking, or kayaking don’t typically require you to spend any money. Visiting a park or going to the beach is also free and often provides recreational activities of their own. If your dad prefers indoor activities, consider taking him to a gallery or museum. Or, try a home movie and board game day!

Cook His Favorite Meal

Nothing says “I love you” like cooking your dad's favorite meal. While his taste buds will thank you, your wallet will also thank you, as you’re not spending money at a restaurant. If your dad is a burger or barbeque kind of guy, try cooking his Father’s Day meal on the grill outside. Grilling is not only a fun activity, it’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors. For dads dead set on going out to eat, many restaurants offer Father’s Day specials. California Pizza Kitchen, Pieology, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House are just a few offering Father’s Day deals. Be sure to ask your restaurant’s server about what specials may be available. 

Help in the Garage

Whether his bicycle needs repairing or a shelf needs to be organized, helping your dad around the garage will lift a huge weight from his shoulders. It’s also a good way to bond and doesn’t cost you any money. While in the garage, consider taking out the lawnmower to save him the chore of mowing. Or, grab a pair of gardening gloves and help him with the yard work. Even though giving your dad a helpful hand may be simple, it goes a long way. 

DIY Gifts

A simple yet fun way to save money this Father’s Day is by making your dad a gift instead of purchasing one from a store. Putting effort into a homemade memory book or picture album will not only bring a smile to your dad’s face, it’ll show that you care. For dads not keen on gifts, try making him a thoughtful card. In any case, something from the heart made by you will be more meaningful to your dad than anything you can buy in a store. 

Father’s Day shouldn’t set you back financially. The occasion is about celebrating an important person in your life by spending time with them. After all, quality time together is the best gift your dad can receive. Happy Father’s Day!

Hunter Morrison

Hunter Morrison

About Hunter Morrison

Hunter has freelanced for various print and radio publications across Northwest Florida, including The Bay Beacon, Navarre Press, Inweekly, Crestview News Bulletin, and WUWF. He was also the Editor in Chief of the University of West Florida’s student newspaper, The Voyager. In 2023, Hunter moved to Kenai, Alaska to take up a news reporting position with KDLL Public Radio. For fun, Hunter enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking, photography, thrifting, traveling, and looking for the best Thai food around. 

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