Gives Tips on How to Make Father’s Day Affordable

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U.S. Spending for Father’s Day is expected to top $12 billion this year. Frugal living experts Joanie Demer and Heather Wheeler of offer helpful strategies to honor dad at a reasonable price.

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Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer, founders of

While Father’s Day spending may not be quite on pace with its maternal counterpart (sorry guys), dad’s special day still averages around $135.00 per person. With so hefty an average, it’s important to shop wisely and avoid overspending. provides insider information on how to make dad’s special day memorable without tapping into the kids’ college fund.

The gift of time. As much as dad loves tube socks and neckties, don’t forget about the most important gift for Father’s Day: time. Make dad a meal or choose a family activity that will appeal to him. Voucher sites like Groupon, Living Social and Amazon Local offer outstanding deals on dad-centric activities like golf, cart racing, hot air balloon rides and more.

Personalize. Meaningful gifts hold more appeal than a weighty price tag (unless it’s a new Mustang, then all bets are off). Find a great photo of dad with the family and have it converted into a custom, gallery-wrapped canvas. Canvas People currently offers canvasses up to 11”x 14” for just the cost of shipping. Shutterfly—another custom photo retailer—offers custom photo-backed playing cards that dad will love to display on poker night.

If dad’s a music fan, make a custom CD of his favorite songs. If mixing tracks isn’t your forte, introduce dad to a new artist he may not have heard of. BMG music currently offers outstanding discounts on albums from hot new artist Josh Krajcik, a recent Simon Cowell survivor on The X Factor.

Sale away. Father’s Day often brings special discount and promotions from retailers. Best Buy, Cabela’s and Amazon top the list of retailers offering dad-friendly items like music, movies, outdoor gear and tools at discounts of 30% and up. If dad likes to choose his own gifts, consider sites like, where gift cards to major retailers are sold for deep discounts. Auto Zone gift cards are marked at 15% off; Home Depot and Lowe’s are discounted 6%-8%.

Enter Ebates. Use Ebates for Father’s Day shopping and receive cash back rebates (as high as 25%) from over 1,500 major retailers nationwide. Rewards accrue in an Ebates account until a total of $5.01 is reached. At least four times a year, Ebates mails a check or transfers those funds into a PayPal account. Right now, the ESPN Shop offers 4% cash back; Omaha Steaks offers 3.5% on tasty food delivered right to dad’s door.

Research. If you’re stumped, check Pinterest or Facebook for more ideas. also offers regular tips for keeping Father’s Day and other special occasions budget-friendly.

Shoppers who keep these tips in mind will enjoy serious savings on Father’s Day. To find the best frugal living tips, coupons and sales, visit

Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer, founders of and authors of Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey! are money saving, bargain shopping and frugal living experts. With their knowledge and savvy, they’ve sold over 50,000 books, garnered 5 million viewers per month at, over 915,000 Facebook fans and more than 30,000 Twitter Followers.

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