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Frugal Father’s Day Traditions (Frugal Friday)

The following is a guest post from Jen of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam:

With Father’s Day right around the corner, many of us are scrambling to find that perfectgift to show Dad just how extra special he is in our lives. Yet often, Dad’s desire is just to spend relaxing and meaningful time with the family. In our rush and worry to find something perfect, we neglect to realize that often it’s the simple things done for Dad to encourage and honor him, that are really the BIG things.

Now, don’t get me wrong, a new grill for that backyard barbecue is a great way tocelebrate Father’s Day, but with finances on everyone’s mind this year, let’s make th eday truly memorable for Dad. Take your imagination to the next level by incorporating some meaningful, new tradition ideas.

Here are just a few that may inspire you to try something a little different this year:

Picture Day: Start simple by beginning a Father’s Day album this year. Don’t worry about filling it in with any other photos, this is a low pressure solution to creating some memories. Just include photos from this special day in a small album. Make sure to take one picture of the children holding a “Happy Father’s Day” sign with the date, so that every year when you look through it, you can marvel at how big the kids have gotten. In a few years, looking through this album together will be a highlight of Dad’s Day.

Father’s Day Coupon Book: Whether redeemable for a car wash, breakfast in bed or a day set aside to treat dad like a king, coupons make memorable gifts that allow Dad to savor the day long after the holiday has passed.

King for the Day: The dads in our life deserve no less than the Royal Treatment. Start with his favorite place to relax: the hammock, lawn chair, or recliner and build his throne. Equip it with everything he needs to feel like he is truly the King of the Day. Go here for more royal ideas on this tradition idea. Remember, this works perfectly as a gift for birthdays as well.

Hopefully, this has sparked your creative side and given you simple ideas to make this Father’s Day extra special. Celebrating Dad with quality time, acts of service, and encouraging words will mean more to him than any new tie.

– Jen is the frugal family manager of five blessings, in passionate pursuit of balancing it all – the good, bad and ugly. Jen loves showcasing her frugal fashionista finds, trash to treasure jewels and a plethora of meal planning/family ideas. Visit Balancing Beauty and Bedlam for monthly memory-making ideas.

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  1. I’m taking my dad to a taping of Huckabee on NYC. I think he’ll like that.

  2. Fabulous ideas. Just making a sign that says “Happy Father’s Day” and taking a picture seems really fun, even if you don’t keep a separate album (I have enough separate albums already…)

  3. I love the coupon book idea. My husband would love this. Also, we are putting together a fit for a king breakfast menu. I am thinking stuffed french toast and bacon…mmmm…

  4. You’ve covered 3 of the love languages! :)

    Adjusting your attitude to your marriage and your husband can also be a frugal but vital gift. Since Mr Linky isn’t up, I’ll share my post on that here: http://anniekateshomeschoolreviews.com/2011/06/marriage-articles-to-read-before-fathers-day/

    Blessings,

    Annie Kate

  5. These are great ideas. We are doing the first idea from here: http://mindfullyfrugalmom.blogspot.com/2011/06/cheap-and-easy-fathers-day-gifts-for.html
    But it was a challenge getting the kids to pose for these pictures. And of course I chose the day where I let my son pick out his own clothes. . .whatever. :) It captures their personalities!

  6. Great reminders! My dh and I have been having lots of discussions about our partnership as husband and wife. I think too often I forgot to publicly recognize his tireless contributions to our family like going to work every day, whether or not he feels like it.

    Here’s my post for Frugal Friday about cooking food from scratch: http://alifeinbalance.net/50-ways-to-leave-your-debt-behind-cooking-food-from-scratch/

  7. We’re hoping to make my husband feel like he is “king for the day” on Sunday! Since we usually eat out on Sunday, we’re beginning the celebration on Saturday night with a special meal and one of his favorite desserts.

    My Frugal Friday post regards a step we took for this year’s family vacation that helped us realize exactly how much money we were spending: http://girlstogrow.blogspot.com/2011/06/have-envelopes-will-travel.html

  8. Our sitter made homemade paving stones from the kids with their name, date and footprint. Very frugal and a neat addition to our garden!

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