Dining out for Dad's Day

People who plan to buy gifts for Father’s Day say that they plan to spend about the same for dad that they planned to spend on mom for Mother’s Day—around $70.  Yet, forty-three percent of dads surveyed for the 2008 Discover(R) Card Father's Day Shopping Survey said that it was appropriate to spend $50 or less their Father's Day gift.    So, what can you get dad for $50 or less?  How about something he’d actually like?  Surveyed dads said they most want a dinner out.  Sound expensive and perhaps boring?  Here are a four inexpensive ways to give your dad the Father’s Day dinner he deserves.

-Take him out to the ballpark.  Grab some cheap seats and some hotdogs for a fun filled “dinner” dad will love.  (This is what Matt is getting for Father’s Day this year.  Don’t worry—he hardly ever reads my posts!)

-Dine alfresco.  Pack a picnic and head to the park.  Spend some quality time with dad by playing a game of catch—something dads of all ages love.

-Peak early.  Take dad out to breakfast instead of dinner.  It will be a nice surprise and breakfast out can be much more affordable than dinner out.  Plus, as many dads are fond of saying “the early bird gets the worm.” (In retrospect, I guess that was not a very appetizing choice of quotes!)

-Go for a sweet treat.  Instead of an expensive dinner out, treat dad to dessert out.  Fifty dollars can go pretty far at even the nicest restaurants when you skip straight to the last course.  Or, head to the ice cream parlor where the nostalgia comes for free.

Don't worry if your budget doensn't allow for even a modest meal, a close second on dad's wish list is a home made gift.

 

Kim McGrigg is the former Manager of Community and Media Relations for MMI.

  • Better Business Bureau A+ rating Better Business Bureau
    MMI is proud to have achieved an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), a nonprofit organization focused on promoting and improving marketplace trust. The BBB investigates charges of fraud against both consumers and businesses, sets standards for truthfulness in advertising, and evaluates the trustworthiness of businesses and charities, providing a score from A+ (highest) to F (lowest).
  • Trustpilot Trustpilot
    MMI is rated as “Excellent” (4.8/5) by reviewers on Trustpilot, a global, online consumer review platform dedicated to openness and transparency. Since 2007, Trustpilot has received over 116 million customer reviews for nearly 500,000 different websites and businesses. See what others are saying about the work we do.
  • Consumer Federation of America Consumer Federation of America
    MMI is a member of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), an association of nonprofit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education. Today, nearly 300 of these groups participate in the federation and govern it through their representatives on the organization's Board of Directors.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development Department of Housing and Urban Development
    MMI is certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide consumer housing counseling. The mission of HUD is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD provides support services directly and through approved, local agencies like MMI.
  • Council on Accreditation Council On Accreditation
    MMI is proudly accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. COA’s thorough, peer-reviewed accreditation process is designed to ensure that organizations like MMI are providing the highest standard of service and support for clients and employees alike.
  • National Foundation for Credit Counseling National Foundation for Credit Counseling
    MMI is a longstanding member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®), the nation’s largest nonprofit financial counseling organization. Founded in 1951, the NFCC’s mission is to promote financially responsible behavior and help member organizations like MMI deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.