It seems like holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day end up being ones that we don’t plan for, or that cost us more than we think. I honestly believe that the best Father’s day gifts are the gifts from the heart. We rarely purchase gifts for these occasions. Instead we will have the kids make a card and/or a craft item. Sometimes it is something that will last – like painting some sort of wooden box to store things in, or items out of clay, etc. But I think what is most important is that it is something that touches the heart.
I realize not everyone has time to make a nice gift, but I think you’d be surprised what you can come up with. What about making “gift certificates” to do something at a later date with your dad. Maybe you could clean the car, the garage, or mow the yard, etc. Or perhaps you could make him a nice lunch or dinner or a favorite dessert. There are a lot of great ideas out there that won’t create financial stress.
Also, check out your local dollar store for a card. I buy almost all of my cards throughout the year at a dollar store, unless it’s a card we make. Often they are even less than a dollar. I never buy cards for children’s birthday parties. I have my kids make the cards for their friend’s birthdays. They love putting their own personal touches on the card.
Here are some great articles I found on frugal Father’s Day Gifts:
I’m sure there are plenty more you can find if you need more ideas. But I hope that gives you some ideas on how to avoid the financial pitfalls that often come with Father’s Day! Don’t get me wrong…there’s nothing wrong with giving Dad a gift. But, if finances are tight, I’m sure Dad understands if you can’t manage it.
Now for some other good stuff!
All You Magazine March 2012 Coupon List – Bargain Briana has been kind enough to provide a list of coupons that are in Walmart’s All You Magazine for June. You can check it out here to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for $2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for $1.66 per issue here. However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has fewer coupons than the newsstand version.
For local calendar events:
Now, on to the deals this week!
Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription
Whole Foods: Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.
Publix Greenwise: Click here for their weekly ads.
For Publix “super deals” list for 6/14-6/20/2012, please click here.
For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 6/14-6/20/2012, please click here
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