For those who say Mom gets more attention than Dad, recent stats from the National Retail Federation show the man of the house is going to get some extra love this Father’s Day! The Father’s Day Spending Survey revealed total spending on gifts like apparel, gadgets and tools is expected to reach $14.3 billion, a survey high. Among the more popular presents, nearly half (47%) of shoppers plan to splurge on a "fun activity or experience." For those on a budget, you can still make memories with Dad by saving on an activity with one of these tips.
1. Search for daily deals.
When it comes to action and adventure like kayaking or race-car driving, search daily deal sites like Groupon or LivingSocial for unique ideas at 60 to 70% off. If you’re a Costco member, you can find discounts on local experiences in select cities. For example, a 6-Lap Exotic Autocross Challenge eVoucher to Xtreme Adventures (with locations in California and Phoenix) is available for $78.99, compared to a 5-Lap race on the Xtreme Adventures website for $195. Gift cards to activities like paintball, ATV tours and even Major League Baseball tickets are also available through Costco.
2. Look for inexpensive community events.
Check local listings for free movies, festivals and concerts in your community, often hosted by your city park’s organization during the summer. Many communities hold Father’s Day races like 5ks and 10ks, with after-race celebrations hosted by local restaurants. This offers an opportunity to work out with your dad and munch on local eats as part of your registration! If your father prefers a cultural experience, head over to a nearby museum, zoo or botanical garden.
3. Use coupons to save on sporting events and concerts.
Whether taking your father to a concert, comedy show or sporting event, you can find coupons for third-party booking sites to save on event ticket costs. For example, you can find TicketsNow promo codes for 5% to $20 off select orders, or you can browse special pricing on everything from WWE events to classic rock concerts.
4. Hit the road and camp out.
For dads who love the great outdoors, you don’t have to fly to a far away destination. Go on a road trip and take him to a nearby mountain, lake or beach where you can pitch a tent. Enjoy a night under the stars, cook hot dogs on a campfire and listen to his favorite childhood memories. Find new spots at ReserveAmerica.com and make reservations in advance as summer is a popular time to camp.
5. Buy an entertainment book.
From discount zoo admissions to buy-one-get-one free bowling passes, you can find lots of great deals in a local entertainment book. Purchase any 2016 Entertainment Book for just $12 plus free shipping. These books are regularly $35 each so this is a steal!
6. Take him to a movie on Discount Day.
Check with your local movie theater for discount days -- typically Monday or Tuesday -- to save on movie tickets and concessions. Download the movie theater app to get concession coupons on your phone or “like” the theater Facebook page for weekly deals on popcorn, hot dogs and more. Grab a bite to eat earlier at a nearby restaurant offering happy hour deals, or consider late-night bites after the show as many eateries offer savings during off-peak hours after 9pm.
7. Find lesser-priced alternatives to his favorite activities.
Is your dad a big golfer? Instead of paying a premium for 18 holes, hit up your local mini golf course for a fun and cheaper alternative. He’ll enjoy trying to get his ball in the faux water fall, plus he can work on his putting skills! If he’s loves watching baseball, purchase a half-hour at your local batting cage and join him as he attempts to master his home-run swing. These gifts are fun, frugal and thoughtful, as they demonstrate your insight into his interests.