Fabulous Frugal Father’s Day Ideas


above:  My Dad, in repose.


This year for Father’s Day, give your Dad the gift of time.  Set up a date with Dad, beyond just spending the day with him on Sunday.


Step One:  Call your mom, your stepmom, his assistant or whoever knows his schedule, and choose an exact date and time.  Then, send your dad a formal invitation via snail mail, complete with an RSVP card.  When he responds, lock in that date on both your calendars.  In short, make this date a big deal.


Step Two:  Pick HIS favorite activity for your outing.  If you are a mom, arrange a fun date for the kids and Dad.  If you are an adult son or daughter, choose an activity you always did together, back in the day.  For example, my Dad and I always did one of the following:  go fishing, go bowling, or watch a baseball game.

Fishing:  A summer-long fishing license costs just $22, and a 24-hour license is just $10.  You can buy them online at DNR.state.mn.us.  Throw in a park pass for $5 at a regional park with a fishing pier, like Lake Elmo Park Reserve, and your date comes in at just $25.

Bowling:  I like Brunswick Bowl in Brooklyn Center.  They charge just $4.50 per game, per person on the weekends, and shoe rentals are less than $4 a pair.

Baseball:  The St. Paul Saints have cornered the market in the Twin Cities for inexpensive outdoor baseball.  The Saints are playing away games this weekend, but they are back at Midway on Monday the 17th, playing the Winnipeg Goldeneyes.  Infield Tickets are just $12 for adults, $11 for kids and seniors.  Best of all, it is $1 beer night, all night long.

Or you could spring for tickets to see the Twins.  Sunday’s game is at 1 PM, and they’re playing the Detroit Tigers.  I found tickets online in the $30 to $40 range at StubHub.com.


Can’t be with Dad?  If you both have web cams on your computers, download Skype for free at Skype.com, and spend time together online.

If your Dad doesn’t have a web cam, send him one for Father’s Day.  Best Buy.com has a huge selection, including the well-reviewed Rocketfish camera on sale for just $19.99.


Want something you can wrap?  Here are 2 quick ideas:

Lottery tickets.  The Powerball is at $70 Million.  Buy Dad a variety, and let him imagine what he’d do with untold millions.

T-shirt or memento from his alma mater.  Check out eBay for great prices and free shipping.  I found UW Madison t-shirts for under $20.  Or call your dad’s old high school and see if they have shirts for sale.  High schools always seem to be selling shirts for fundraising.

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  1. Posted June 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for including us in your Frugal Father’s Day Ideas! This year, Brunswick Zone in Brooklyn Park will have a Father’s Day promotion that includes 2 hours of bowling for $9.99 per person with shoe rental $1 per person! We’d love to see you then! For more information, visit our website: http://www.bowlbrunswick.com/about-us/275/1

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