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Create a Fabulously Frugal Father’s Day!


As another beautiful summer unfolds, we come upon one of my favorite holidays – Father’s Day!  When I put out the word to my social media army requesting tips for a fabulously frugal Father’s Day, they didn’t disappoint!  For everyone out there with a special father, grandfather, stepfather, godfather or someone “whose like a father to me” they’d like to honor on June 16th, read on for a list of four thoughtful sentimental gifts that dad will LOVE, without breaking the bank!

(1) A Flawlessly Clean Car:  Ladies, I hate to break it to you, but you know how you and I personally really don’t mind a somewhat-cluttered car?  I mean, really, what’s the biggie about having a baggie of crushed goldfish crackers keeping company with your kid’s empty hamburger wrapper?  Newsflash: it makes the guys nuts. This Father’s Day, pull out all the stops with a car-cleaning session that will make him instantly forget the time your daughter left her lunchbox in the hot back seat for an entire weekend…open…with an uneaten dill pickle marinating in 140-degree heat for two days.  Plug an extension cord into your vacuum, haul it to the driveway and use every attachment it possesses to reach every crevice from the front seat to the trunk.   A couple of rags and some Windex (Febreeze also highly recommended!), and the interior will sparkle as well. 

(2) Personalized Golf Balls:  For some reason still completely unknown to medical science, 99.9% of dads are somehow drawn to the sport of golf.  Put the paternal DNA in its happy place with personalized golf balls!  Get your hands on a dozen or so from his golf bag, scrub them well, and let the kids (or grandkids!) have fun with their favorite markers – I’m told just about every type of marker out there will stick.  Make sure the kids initial it and add the year, and you are guaranteed dad will keep these wonderful mementos for decades to come. 

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(3) Buffet on the Barcalounger:  You know how Moms adore the Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed?  Allow me to introduce the male counterpart: a Father’s Day Buffet on the Barcalounger!  Get dad in his favorite chair, and surround him with the snacks he loves most, as well as a free pass to pick the television programming of his choice (golf, anyone?).  It’s a no-carb-left-behind kind of holiday, make sure he does it proud.

 (4) Certificate of Achievement: As hard as the dads in our lives work every day, we exist in an economy where raises and recognition are at undeserved historic lows.  It’s time for an awards ceremony that shows dad how much he’s appreciated.  Take two minutes on the computer to draft something along the lines of:  “For outstanding accomplishment and performance, dedication, commitment to excellence in all aspects of work and home, for being a wonderful husband and outstanding Father, and in recognition of your superb and tireless efforts to support your family well, Happy Father’s Day!”  Put it in italics, center it on the page, tweak it a bit here and there for effect, print it out and have the kids sign it. Then put it into a classic frame from the local dollar store.  I guarantee you he will hang it with pride.

Above all else, use this wonderful holiday to unabashedly tell the wonderful Dads in your life how incredible they are and how grateful you are for them.  A special side note to Victor and my Dad - the two best Dads on earth – Happy Father’s Day!

Kristen Hagopian is a Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host & Columnist, Consumer Reporter & Author of “Brilliant Frugal Living”.  She lives in Chester County with her husband and two kids.  “The Kristen Hagopian Show” airs on Philly’s WWDB-AM TALK 860 on Thursdays and Saturdays.  You can find her online at www.BrilliantFrugalLiving.com

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