Father's Day: Under $50 Gifts for Procrastinators

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Father's Day is this Sunday, June 19. What to do if you are, like me, on a budget and on a deadline? The bad news is that we only have one day to find a gift. The good news is that there are gifts that can be acquired in the next 24 hours, and under $50.

1. Use coupons. Some stores may offer overnight shipping, which guarantees that your gift will get to Dad by Father's Day. Even if you can't make the shipping deadline, buy a nice gift card and tell them a nice gift is coming. Dads are usually much more understanding than moms when it comes to gifts, so consider yourself lucky! Check out the seven coupons from CouponSherpa.com:

  • Harbor Freight - Save 20% off one item with coupon code SHOP20.
  • Lowes - Free shipping on orders of $49 or more.
  • JCWhitney - Take 8% off orders of $99 or more with coupon code SUMMER.
  • Ace Hardware - Get $20 off orders of $125 or more.
  • Northern Tool - Free shipping on all power tools.
  • Auto Anything - Receive $10 off orders of $140 or more.
  • Home Depot - 10% off Energy Star Appliances plus free delivery and haul away.

IOU for Dad

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2. Homemade IOU certificates: a heartfelt gift of time. If you have a marker and a piece of construction paper or card stock, you can create a nice IOU certificate. IOU a hiking trip, perhaps, or IOU a backyard barbecue in which you will be responsible for all the clean-up duties. The possibilities are limitless! Best of all, if you are short on funds, an IOU certificate shows Dad you love him without forking over the big bucks. Besides, isn't time the most precious gift of all?

3. Anything You Can Get At Target or Lowes: These two stores, I've discovered from personal experience, are a lifesaver when I am trying to shop for dear dad on a budget and there are mere hours standing between me and Father's Day. Target is a particularly good place to get movies - for $50 you can make a movie pack with a Blueray (two if on sale) and a box of microwaveable popcorn. If Dad is a handyman, then Lowes would be a heaven-send. The customer service folks would be glad to help you find something that fits the budget.

If all else fails, you can always get Dad a nice card, write a meaningful message, and promise you will make it up to him on his birthday!

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