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On Mother’s Day, we all fawn all over Mom. But for Father’s Day, Dad doesn’t want that kind of fuss. It’s not that he doesn’t want to be showered with adoration, but he could probably skip that bouquet of flowers or bubble bath.
Not sure how to celebrate Father’s Day next week without spending an arm and a leg? Here are some money-saving solutions.
1. Throw a Backyard Barbecue in His Honor
Dad doesn’t care about brunch. Grill meats, serve cold beer, and put the game on. He’ll be absolutely thrilled and by keeping the celebration at home, it will save you loads of money.
2. Do His Favorite Activity With Him
Every dad has a hobby. Even if you find your dad’s hobby to be a total snooze fest, get on board with it for one day without complaint. So if he loves fishing, grab the tackle box and fishing rods and go out there. It will make him happy to do the things he loves, and he’ll be even happier that you’re doing them with him.
3. Take Over the Dad Chores
One thing moms and dads have in common for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, respectively, is that they all love a day off. While Dad won’t want to soak in the tub with a glass of his favorite Cabernet Sauvignon, he’ll greatly appreciate it if you take on the chores around the house. That means mow the lawn, make any repairs, paint, or any other chore that he’d usually take up.
4. Make Him a Book of Mementos
It’s cheaper and easier than ever to print off photo books you can create yourself. All it takes is a little thoughtfulness and you can put together a beautiful photo album of all your best photos together from when you were a baby until now.
5. Go for a Matinee
If you have money to spare, you can take Dad to the movies. Or you can save money and put one of his favorite movies on your own big screen at home. Have all the movie munchies favorites like popcorn, candy, and soda all set to go too. It will be a wonderful way to bond and make him feel special.
6. Give Him His “Me” Time
Okay, so there is one more thing that moms and dads have in common and that’s wanting to relax. Give him some time to himself to read without being pestered, spend time with his buddies, watch the game, or even get in a game of his own.
Making Dad feel special doesn’t have to bust the budget. Showing you care by spending time with him and actively being present (that means without checking your smartphone every 5 seconds) is the greatest present of all.