As Father’s Day approaches, we’re reminded of all the wonderful things our dads do for us. He’s the man who taught us how to ride our first bike or throw our first football. The man who knows how to fix pretty much anything, and the first one we call for help or advice. Our dads take on many roles throughout our lives—coach, handy man, protector, teacher—and it’s only right that we honor him in the best way possible.

Showing your dad how much you appreciate him doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor that puts you in the red. As life’s responsibilities keep us as busy as ever, we often forget to spend quality time with those that we love. That’s why we’ve put together a few budget friendly father’s day ideas in which time and a little bit of money show how much you care.

Take a Fishing Trip
Grab a couple poles and a tackle box and head to the coast or the nearest lake. Fishing is a great way to reminisce about the past or catch up on life’s current events. Pack a delicious lunch with sandwiches, snacks and cold beers so you don’t have to spend any extra money on food. Your dad will appreciate all the time and effort you put into the trip.

Give Your Dad a Break
Let your dad relax a little and take care of all the items on his to-do list. Mow the garden, clean the garage, wash the car, fix the light bulb—whatever may be on his list, help him get it done.  Your dad will enjoy the break and it will give him time to have a little fun. Let’s face it…nobody likes chores, not even your dad.

Fire Up the Grill
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Let the grill master have the day off and cook your dad a delicious meal instead of taking him to a restaurant. Websites like and have a variety of recipes you can try for any skill level. A homemade meal will mean so much more to your dad than simply paying a bill at the restaurant.

Fathers in Free
If cooking or fishing isn’t for you, you can still take dad out without breaking the bank. Many places offer free admission for dads on Father’s Day. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament offers free entry for fathers from June 3-15 with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. Ripley’s Odditorium also offers free entry for dads when you present the coupon from their website. Click here. Check your community’s calendar and local news websites for more places offering free admission for dads.

Picnic in the Park
Plan a family picnic and head to your local park, the springs, a nearby lake or the beach. Pack some of your dad’s favorites foods and bring outdoor games that the entire family can enjoy. Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and plan a fun family outing to honor your dad.

There are so many meaningful things you can do to express how much you appreciate your dad without emptying your wallet. It’s the thought, not the amount of money spent, that will matter most to him. Get creative this Father’s Day and plan something unique that he’ll remember for the rest of the year. We wish everyone a safe and wonderful Father’s Day!