Friday, June 3, 2011

Save Money On Dad's Special Day

Father's Day is just around the corner and that means most of us are already thinking about what kind of gift to give dear, old Dad.

If you're not sure what to get, how much to spend, or want to get Dad something but have nothing to spend, you'll appreciate some tips. It is possible to get a great gift, without spending a bundle.

One gift that ever father will appreciate is a coupon book that you make yourself. The coupons can range from chores you do around the house to taking the dog for a walk to leaving Dad alone for the day so he can do whatever he likes. You can get as creative as you like with the design and assembling of the book.

Got a favorite photo of you and your dad? How about making a frame for it and giving it to him? Or you could take an inexpensive frame and decorate it for him. You could even take his personal interests to heart when you choose decorative items to use – if he likes to fish, try decorating the frame with hooks, lures and miniature plastic fish.

If your dad loves music, you can make him a CD of his favorite tunes. You could even tell the story of your relationship with your dad through music, or use the music you choose to tell Dad how much he means to you.

A gift card is always a great idea, and who doesn't need this practical item? Give dad a gift card to his favorite restaurant, to a theater, bookstore or even for gas.

If you're tired of guessing what your father would like, go the practical route. For just a few dollars, you can get your dad a wallet, belt, tie or tool that you know he'll love and use.

How about pooling your resources with your siblings or even the entire family? If you are short on cash, there's no reason you can't still buy Dad that new TV or latest gadget he wants. Just get together with your family and pool your resources.

One inexpensive gift you might want to consider for the app-happy father is an app for his phone or tablet. You can purchase games and useful apps, like Gas Cubby MPG & Car Maintenance ($4.99), Golf Rules Quick Reference ($9.99), The Masters Golf Tournament (free), GreenFinder ($34.99), iPitching Guide ($5.99), iXpenseIt ($4.99), Bloomberg (free), iFitness (free), FitnessBuilder ($19.99), At Bat ($9.99), and CBS Sports Mobile (free).

What about supporting your dad's dream? We all have something we want, but can't afford. Figure out what that is for your father, whether it's a vacation, new car, fancy tool or boat, and start a fund for it. It can be as simple as filling a jar with change or opening a savings account. Contribute to it periodically either on your own, or allow the whole family to get in on it, and soon, your dad can be living his dream – all thanks to you and your thoughtful Father's Day gift.

In the end, it's not about how much you spend – it's about the thought behind the gift and the love with which you give it. Your dad will love whatever you get him – simply because it came from you.

Angye M. is the contributing editor for They help consumers nationwide obtain small business loans.
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Carrie said...

i can't wait. :)


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