If you are in extreme debt-payoff mode, you are cutting everything out of your budget that is not a necessity. Perhaps that even means that you don’t budget for gift-giving occasions like Father’s Day. You know what? That’s fine. If you have small kids in the house, you can have them make some pretty cool, cheap projects off Pinterest, cook dads favorite meal, and give him some time to relax. That is a pretty awesome Father’s Day. As for the fathers of grown adults they are probably pretty happy with a phone call or a visit. The day doesn’t have to be about spending money, so if its not in your budget do not feel guilty and do not go out and spend money you don’t have. I’m going to step out on a limb and say the fathers in your life don’t want you shopping for them just to spend money.
That said, maybe your budget does allow for a Father’s Fay gift and now you are panicking because, hey, when is Father’s Day again? Relax, Father’s Day is next Sunday (June 21). That means you have time for a little bit of last minute Father’s Day shopping! While you are breathing your sigh of relief, consider these Father’s Day gifts that save money in the long run.
If you still have cable or satellite TV, why? You can ditch the expensive packages and stream your favorite shows and movies on your existing TV using an AppleTV or Roku device, along with a Hulu and/or Netflix account. These babies are actually pretty affordable, especially if your cable or satellite package is pretty pricey. We also use our iOS devices to stream Amazon Prime shows and then watch them on the TV, using Apple Air Play through the AppleTV.
I am pretty sure my husband is on a mission to make our 1920s home something the Jetsons would be proud of. One day I will come home to a robot named Rosie, who is doing my laundry.
For now, hubs has settled on making as much of the house controllable by our smartphones as possible. The first step was to install a Nest thermostat, which is programmable. Obviously, to save money, we program the thermostat to tun the heat waaaay down after we leave. I gotta tell you, when its -20F outside and one of your kids gets sent home sick from daycare, its nice to whip out your phone and turn the heat up so that the house isn’t nippy when you get home. We’ve also forgotten to turn down the thermostat when we were away on a last minute trip, but it was no problem. We just got on our phone and adjusted the settings.
Another highly rated option is this Honeywell Wifi thermostat, which is also less expensive than the Nest thermostat.
Aside from non-programmable thermostats, I think one of the other main sources of electrical waste in homes is leaving lights on. I don’t know about you, but we do this on purpose during the winter months. We need a light on outside so that we can see our way to the side door, and we leave a light on inside to keep us from fumbling our way in the dark. There’s no need to do that anymore, as we have a few lights linked to our smartphones. We have the Philips Hue lights at our house, and not only can they be controlled by your smartphone, they can be dimmed and can change colors. Yup, you can choose just about any color of the rainbow. The Philips Hue kit I have linked to is the priciest option they do have other products to consider.
Another option that I am less familiar with is the Playbulb. The Playbulb uses Bluetooth technology to play music. You know, just in case you wanted your lamp to become a speaker 🙂 The Playbulb also has multiple color options and can be controlled from you iOS or Android device.
Home Improvement Guy
If you are a new or new-ish home owner and the guy in your life is handy does he have all the tools he needs? Does he have a place to put the tools he has? Being appropriately prepared with tools definitely saves money in the long run. When a problem crops up, its your man to the rescue, not some pricey on-call specialist. It’s important to have enough storage space for the tools, too. I cant tell you how many times we have purchased things we already have, just because we didn’t have the best organization.
If you have a super handy guy in your life and you guys are committed to saving money, why not look into installing some solar panels on your house? This is definitely a major expense, but solar panels do save money in the long run. Depending on your electrical usage at your house and the weather in your area, you might be able to recoup the expense of something like this kit rather quickly.
If the father in your life is routinely making a stop at his local coffee house, a nice cappuccino machine will save money immediately. I personally like one that has a coffee pot on one side and an espresso machine and steamer on the other, so that you don’t have 20 appliances on your counter. Starbucks Verismo is another option for the folks who like Keurig-style designer coffee. Its one appliance that, through the use of the pods, will do coffee or espresso drinks. Milk pods are available to make make lattes (alas, if you are vegan, there are no soy milk pods).
On the other hand, some people just like the coffee shop atmosphere. If your local coffee house gives discounts for bringing in your own mug (like Starbucks), why not opt for a really cool travel mug?
Bring Your Lunch to Work
We all know that brown bagging it saves money, but brown bags aren’t very cool and you have to keep buying them every few weeks. And some peoples offices aren’t really conducive to bringing lunch. I have definitely worked a few places where fridge space was always tight or practically nonexistent, which discouraged me from bringing my lunch. I have also worked places where the water from the fountains was, um, tasty as in, it had an actual taste (blech!). That meant I often found myself buying super pricey water from the vending machine. The solutions are a great, manly insulated lunch box and a filtered water bottle.
Maybe you know your guy has some big project or purchase in mind, but its taking some time to save up. Why not use this occasion to help him along? A gift card can be the perfect way to go!
This post contains affiliate links (at no extra cost to you, I earn a small commission if you purchase anything after following one of my links). I use this money to keep the blog up and running, and if there is extra, to pay down our student loans. I thank you for your support, but just remember that the really great guys will be happy with any thoughtful expression, whether that’s a handwritten note, some homemade cookies, or allowing him to watch his game in peace. Never spend money that you don’t have or didn’t plan to spend. I hope you all have a wonderful Father’s Day!
What other money-saving gifts would you add to the list?