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The perfect gift for Father’s Day on a budget

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Love is in the Details, not the Dollars

While you may want to show your dad your appreciation with a great gift, there are other things to consider – such as sticking to your budget and not adding to personal debt. This year, make it all about the little details. Follow these tips for a meaningful gesture on a budget.

Custom-made card instead of store-bought

No need for a store-bought card. Show off your creative skills (or lack thereof) and hand-make a card using printer paper. You could even fold it up to make it fun, check out the video tutorial at the bottom of this page on making a paper bow.

Food is the key to the heart

Live with your parents or close by? Start the day sweet by surprising your dad by making his favorite breakfast. Can’t make it over in the morning? Homemade lunch or dinner are just as impactful. Make it an event by also making their favorite dessert!

DIY caring coupons

Give Dad DIY coupons for nice deeds from you: An offer to do some chores around the house, like doing the dishes or fixing something broken. Remember you’re having Father’s Day on a budget, so feel free to go overboard with these free and thoughtful actions… and don’t forget to follow through!

Whether you’re saving up to upgrade your car or paying off your debts, remember that you don’t need to spend a ton to say a whole lot. It’s the little things that count (and they usually don’t come with a price tag).


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