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Father’s Day is quickly approaching – did you know that? Since it’s Summer Savings all this month, I decided to combine fun and cool activities to do with Dad this Father’s Day. Most of them are very affordable too, which means you don’t have to sweat to death, you can celebrate your Dad or Dad-figure or Husband-Dad, and you don’t have to spend a lot! Win-win-win.
Read on for some cool summer Father’s Day fun!
A class for the two of you.
Do you have a favorite type of cuisine, a hobby, or the desire to learn a new type of technology? Sign yourself and Dad up for a group class to learn something new!
DiscountMags.com is one of my favorite websites for magazine subscriptions. They often run incredible deals (even better than the ones the magazines themselves offer) and are reputable – my card has never been hit with extra charges. If your Dad has a hobby or a particular magazine he likes (and doesn’t already have a subscription to), surprise with him a monthly subscription. It’s like Father’s Day every month!
Hang out and watch sports.
While the NBA Finals are over, there’s still soccer and baseball, or maybe you can get your Dad talking about football before the season starts. Even if you don’t like sports, you probably know a little bit about your Dad’s favorite team/most infamous player, so humor him and ask how the team is doing or did in the past season.
If your Dad is anything like mine, he’ll entertain himself for the next hour talking about his team, and you can take comfort knowing you’re a doting child for listening to Dad.
Get some free home improvement advice.
While this may sound like work and not fun to you, some Dads really like being asked about their home improvement expertise. If this is your Dad, you already know. He’s the guy who visits your house/apartment and critiques others’ “shoddy workmanship” or talks about how your sink really needs to be fixed.
If this is your Dad, ask for his help! He may offer to help show you how to fix some things, or he could stand over your shoulder and direct you. Sure, it’s not a traditional Father’s Day activity, but if your Dad is the active, do-it-yourself type, he may jump at the opportunity to help you improve your skills!
Take a walk.
Your dog, Dad’s dog, or shelter dogs – get out there and walk! Okay, so this isn’t a great idea for extremely hot places (like Phoenix right now), but I’m willing to bet that most places are pretty nice to walk around. You may want to go earlier in the day to avoid the afternoon rays (and wear your sunscreen!), but taking some time to get outside and spend one-on-one time is free and a good opportunity to bond with dear old Dad.
Take advantage of Dad’s Day-related discounts and freebies.
If your Dad is anything like my Dad, he likes “traditional Father’s Day” – i.e. going out to eat and not having to pay for it. I usually let Dad pick where he wants to go, but this year I may steer him towards some of the restaurants offering Dad’s Day discounts. If you type in “Father’s Day restaurant discounts [your city]”, you’ll likely find a list of local and chain restaurants offering Father’s Day deals.
You can find more Father’s Day discounts at DealNews, including discounts on gifts for your Dad!
Personally, I’ll be taking Dad out for Father’s Day to my Dad’s local favorite restaurant. Dad is frugal by nature so, while the restaurant doesn’t offer discounts, it’s already incredibly affordable. We’re also celebrating on early (Friday) to avoid the Sunday rush, but that’s not necessarily to save money – just to avoid all the people and lines!
One of my Dad’s favorite things to do is tell me old stories, so my gift to Dad will be free (to me), but priceless to both of us. I’m definitely a Dad’s girl, so any extra time I get to spend with my Dad is meaningful. I hope you enjoy your Father’s Day this weekend, however you spend it!
What’s your favorite thing to do on Father’s Day? What’s your best Father’s Day gift (either something you gave or received)?
Femme Frugality says
To be honest, I’m not sure what we’re doing this year yet. Usually we do something as a family, but I stink at planning this year. The kids did make him some pretty great gifts this year, though, so hopefully that makes up for it!
Gifts from the kids sounds awesome! I’m not a Dad, clearly haha, but I would think thoughtful gifts from your kids would be a pretty awesome gift. And maybe he’s okay with just a relaxing Father’s Day! 🙂
Femme Frugality says
We ended up going to the zoo, and it was pretty awesome! Free admission for dads that day sure helped. 🙂