Ask the Readers: How Do You Celebrate Father's Day on a Budget?

By Ashley Jacobs on 14 June 2016 41 comments

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Many of us tend to splurge on holidays and special events, but for holidays like Father's Day where you simply want to show your appreciation for someone you love, spending a lot of money isn't necessary. There are many free (or really cheap) activities you can do on a nice summer day, and there are many gifts that you can make yourself. Hosting a party? Ask your guests to pitch in. The bottom line is that you can celebrate your favorite dad without busting your budget.

How do you celebrate Father's Day on a budget? Do you plan to splurge for any part of the celebration, like for a dinner at his favorite fancy restaurant or a high-end gift that you know he'll love? If you're a dad, what is your idea of a perfect Father's Day?

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Mami2jcn

We celebrate Father's Day on a budget by barbecuing at home. We don't like waiting at crowded restaurants anyway.

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Julie Wood

I make Dad dinner at home and make his Father's Day card with the kids and buy his gifts on sale with coupons.

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Karen

We make our own greeting card for Dad.

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V

Make dinner and a batch of his favorite cookies. He's a workaholic and is really hard to shop for, so just spending a whole day together catching up on life and telling stories is always a good gift.

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Elena

we eat out at affordable restaurant for Father's Day

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Gina

We host a BBQ and ask guests to bring a dish.

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Jenny D

My husband loves to ride his motorcycle so I usually buy him a gift that he can use for riding...usually it's something that will provide extra protection. It usually isn't a surprise what he's getting for Father's Day, because most of the time it's riding gear. This year is no exception as I'm giving him riding boots. These gifts are what I would consider a splurge, but he's worth it.

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Karen L

We have a family pot luck dinner and celebrate the dads in the family. They seem to like to have all the family together more than gifts.

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Monique Hubert

I keep it simple and focus on spending time together and focusing on gifts with sentimental value. Luckily, my dad enjoys the simple things, too.

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Matt

We do a barbecue or a brunch at home instead of going out.

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Pam ricks

We have a backyard BBQ!

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Mary W

Dad likes to enjoy his favorite meal with his family for Father's Day. We gather and each bring one of his favorite dishes for a picnic and spend the day playing games or just chatting. Money can't buy those kinds of memories.

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Kelli

Unfortunately, my father has passed, but my husband and I usually go and spend the day with his parents and we BBQ. We also bring a card and a small gift, so it isn't very spendy. Just a nice relaxing day with his family.

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C Hui

We usually eat dinner at home and spend the day at the park.

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Amy

We have a potluck at my parents' home. It lightens the financial load on everyone to just bring one dish. I coupon and bring supplies (napkins, paper plates, plastic cutlery) and drinks from my stock pile.

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Gina

We have a BBQ with the whole extended family and everyone brings something to eat or drink to share.

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Susan P.

The past couple of years we have agreed no presents for Mother's Day or Father's Day but instead we like to do free things like watch a movie as a family or go for a bike ride. Everyone is so busy that we don't get together as a family as often as we'd like. I will make dinner based on Dad's favorite foods, though.

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Emily S.

We have a cookout and all of my siblings bring a dish to pass!

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MELISSA HANSSON

I stock up on thrifty, but thoughtful gifts at great prices throughout the year and then I mail one box of birthday, mother's and father's day gifts altogether at once, as these dates are all close together. I leave it up to the fam if they want to wait and open on the "right" day or if they want to open everything at once.

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Liz

We do small gifts and just spend time together.

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Betty D

I just cook at home, and make a Father's Day cake. My daughter and step daughter will both come. We usually have a fun day.

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Donna D

Unfortunately, my dad and my husband's dad are both gone. I'll hope to stop at the cemetery.

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Michelle D.

We have a BBQ at home with the family and I will usually do the main course and someone will bring sides and my sister always brings dessert.

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Miss kim

We serve breakfast in bed and then later have a bbq for lunch/dinner

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Ernest S.

We take my Dad out to lunch, but have the cake at home (instead of the restaurant).

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Rebecca Ross

I always try to buy all my gifts way ahead of time to get good deals, but for father's day, a lot of times I get my dad a bunch of brownie mixes, b/c he loves to make brownies.

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Sarah

We make dinner for dad at home

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Rich

A free ecard and a great meal at home

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Ashley P.

we have a barbecue at home and usually will make a cake instead of buying one.

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Emily

I'm buying my dad a CD and calling him.

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BRB

I just always have a limit when giving gifts no matter what the holiday.

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Michael

My family will make me a home cooked meal with all my favorite foods and are nice to me all day. I don't care about presents.

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Laurajj

Yes, we always stay on budget for Fathers day...and other holidays! If I do not have a budget...than I know I would spend way more. I always find it easy to find things within my budget for each holiday! The best gifts do not have to be expensive ones...its the little things that count!

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Erin

We make cards at home and have dinner at home

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Erin

We make cards at home and have dinner at home

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April

We stick to homemade gifts.

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SKB

We go to church and then have a nice breakfast at home.

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Happy Love

We Bar-B-Que.

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Carmen N

My husband requested a new cordless drill. They can be pricey, but I found one that was on clearance - I still don't know why; the brand/model is still available and I got it for just a bit more than new batteries cost!

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Ana L.

We barbeque and I make him a cake and buy balloons from the dollar store.

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Thomas Murphy

I cook my dad dinner.