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11 Cheap Father’s Day Events For Hanging Out With Dad : The Saturday Weekend Review #281

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Spending Time With Dad This Father’s Day Doesn’t Need To Be Expensive.

Happy Father Appreciation Day to all the Dad’s and to exploring Father’s Day events fit for a king.

Cheap Father's day actvities

Are you looking for some fun Father’s Day Events to do with Dad?

You don’t need gifts for Father’s Day when spending time with dad trumps anything else especially when it’s budget-friendly.

The thing is that Father’s Day has become such a media event that society pressures us to believe buying gifts is the number one priority.

As a newish father of only 4 years, I’ve never once expected anything from my wife or son for Father’s Day but a hug and kiss.

Related: A First Father’s Day Gift A Dad Could Ask For

Some people wish they could just have their father to sit and have a conversation with.

So, you see there’s celebrating Father’s Day and monetizing it as another day to buy gifts when YOU are his gift.

I’m not being cheap either, just being real.

No dad cares about what they get for Father’s Day.

Related: Is Father’s Day Just Another Marketing Ploy?

It’s not that kind of a day as Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the men who day in and day out are the father’s they are supposed to be to their children.

It’s also a day for a spouse to say, thanks for being such a wonderful partner and father to our kids.

The simplicity of words and emotions is all we need today, not gifts.

For many, this is easier said than done though especially since it has become the norm to buy gifts for such calendar events.

Father’s Day 2019 Canada

When is Father’s Day 2019?

Father’s Day in Canada falls on the third Sunday in June which makes Sunday, June 16, 2019, a special day for all dad’s.

History of Father’s Day

Father’s Day is celebrated all across the world but behind this day is a bit of history that begins with the Middle Ages.

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 (Saint Joseph’s Day) since the Middle Ages.

This celebration was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America, where March 19 is often still used for it, though many countries in Europe and the Americas have adopted the U.S. date, which is the third Sunday of June.

Father’s Day card ideas

I’m all about the DIY for Father’s Day gifts and cards as opposed to spending money on buying Hallmark cards that cost a fortune.

As a dad, I enjoy when my son paints me a picture for Father’s Day or makes me a Father’s Day card from craft materials.

Aimee at Extreme Couponing Mom Canada has this cute craft for a DIY Father’s Day Card titled, “You’re An Un-BEE-lievable Daddy!”

As you can see all you need is craft materials and a vision for what you’d like your Father’s Day card to look like and say.

oure-An-Un-BEE-lievable-Daddy-DIY Card

On Father’s Day, all that matters is the love that shines from whatever you do for your dad. At least that’s the way I feel.

For many of you just showing up to see dad on Father’s Day is a blessing and cards are not needed.

If you must buy a Father’s Day card the Dollar store is your friend as they sell an array of greetings cards.

Some of you may consider buying inexpensive Father’s Day gifts and that’s just as well appreciated over big-ticket items.

Not everyone can afford pricey concert tickets, race car events tickets, ball game tickets and so on.

Keep it simple.

Father’s Day is about love, not money.

11 Frugal Father’s Day Events In Canada

Things to do with dad on Father's day

My ideal father’s day events are all below and that’s because they are the best experiences that I can think of which I would want to do with my family.

1. Local Farm Tour

summer farm tour

2. Splash Pad

SplashPad Toronto Ontario
Enjoying the fountain at Kidstown Water Park

3. Trail Walking and Waterfalls

trail walking hiking with dad father's day events

Going for a hike in Ontario or in places across Canada is a sure-fire way to boost your energy on Father’s Day.

It’s Father’s Day events such as these that bring families closer together especially when education is involved.

I would always go for walks with my dad and he’d teach me everything he could about preservation and the forests. 

With Ontario having so much green space, provincial parks, escarpment, waterfalls and landmarks we are surrounded by inexpensive fun.

4. Local Father’s Day Events

Many Canadian communities tend to have free car and truck shows and outdoor musical events during the warm months of June and July.

If you have a free local newspaper head to the Events section to see what free or inexpensive Father’s Day events are happening in your community.

You could also touch base with your city on social media or even call up a local radio station to ask if they have any Father’s day events to suggest. 

Perhaps your city doesn’t hold many Father’s Day events where you may want to consider a small road trip.

5. Picnic Father’s Day Lunch

Family picnic outside on blanket

6. Sunday Farmer’s Market

Farmer's Market

7. Beer Tasting Event

Beer tasting

8. Camping with Dad

Father's Day Camping Events

9. Fishing or Beach Day

family fishing Father's Day events

10. Outdoor Movie Theatre

bowl of popcorn

11. Cooking With Dad

family cooking in kitchen

Buy local fresh products from your local farmer’s market and take your goodies to a park and enjoy an inexpensive father’s day brunch.

Perhaps your dad needs to up his game in the kitchen which is where a cooking class with dad would come in handy.

The entire family can get involved with the cooking class which makes it educational and fun at the same time.

Maybe dad is the chef of the house and he can include the family with food prep for a Father’s Day breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch.

My favourite was always firing up the BBQ with dad and learning the art of grilling the right way which I’m still stumbling with 30 years later. Ha!

Just Love your Dad

My Father’s day message to all of you is to keep it simple and enjoy the love and bonds that surround you.

When it’s gone you’ll wish you could have it back.

Discussion: What other free or inexpensive Father’s Day events can you think of? Leave me your comments below. Thanks

CBB Posts You May Have Missed

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Garage Sale Finds

If you have some awesome deals you’d like to share from your garage sale outings this Spring and Summer email me your photo and tell us what you found and how much it cost you to be featured.

Here are today’s garage sale deals:

Saturday was a washout but most of the garage sales had Sunday as a rain date so here are Sundays deals ?

Canada garage sale deals 2019

  • Microwave steamer, measuring spoons, can opener, measuring cup, cutting boards, emergency light, large Tupperware container, 2 flippers (most brand new) $8 (asking was $10)
  • Large clipboard (for my students at work) $1
  • Mitten dryer $.50 (asking was $1)
  • Velvet hangers $.50 (asking was $1)
  • Travel conditioners $1 ($.25 each)
  • Brand new Canada mittens, ladies workout shirt $2 (asking was $3)

garage sale deals May 2019

Total spent $13


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Frugal Recipe Find

If you’re going to be grilling this summer Jenni at Whip and Wander has you covered with this Carolina Gold Mustard BBQ Sauce which I would kill to try.

Well, not literally haha!

I’m a huge mustard lover and never thought to make my own mustard at home so I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try.

Do you make homemade mustard?

mustard BBQ sauce

Mr. CBB’s Motivational Corner

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Home and Blog Update

Organic Dill Growing In A Pot

Home Update

At home, we are in full-swing summer sports which means soccer and baseball have been penciled into our calendar each week.

What I love about putting our son in these sports is the relationships he develops and his skills to keep challenging himself.

We’ve seen such a change in our son and we are happy with the money we’ve been spending to allow him these opportunities.

So far I’ve had 3 contractors in our home to quote us for a porch enclosure and the price tag will blow your mind! $20,000!

It’s NOT big either coming in around 150 square feet and at this point considering doing it myself. More to come on that.

All the herbs in our pots are coming along nicely, in fact, the dill has gone bonkers.

It’s our first year growing dill so we’re quite amazed at how well it is doing.

Blog Update

Both Sara and I (mostly Sara) have been working hard on finishing up the new design for CBB.

This has been a two-year transition and design as I wanted it done just right.

Thankfully I have Sara from Moonsteam design on my team as she is one of the best blog designers out there.

Soon for new subscribers, they will get a password when they subscribe to get 15 FREE printables not found on the blog.

Current subscribers can email me for the password or I may find a way to mass email all of you the password so you get free access to them.

I also just recently changed over to Media Vine for my ads so you will see more but that’s because this blog doesn’t run on fumes.

Running a blog costs money and time and I want to continue to bring you the best finance from our family to yours.

So, be ready for some small design changes and freebies for everyone.


Saturday Search Term Giggles

Every week I get tens of thousands of people who visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog.

Yes, I can see your search terms and sometimes they are funny.

If you see the acronym (SIC) next to a word that means I’ve copied the text exactly as it was typed in Google and it has spelling errors.

  • Simple and Direct Resignation Letter– I Quit! Haha!
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  1. My hubby would like to to the TRAIL WALKING AND WATERFALLS. We live near several nice trails with waterfalls and this is perfect plus a great place to take a family picture

    1. My father is in a long term care facility and I have not been able to see him in person since January before I
      left on a two month vacation in the US. I have had one visit through the facility window in May. While not a drinker myself I know that my dad would love a BEER at a “Beer Tasting Event” about now….he has been on a feeding tube since 2015 and not taken anything by mouth since then. At this point I would love to just be able to see him in person and tell him how much I’ve missed visiting him.

      1. Hi Marion,
        Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. We are in a similar situation and it’s tough when they are in long term care. It’s hard to see them suffer but at the same time as long as they are being well cared for that’s what matters most. I often think about if I have to go into a facility and what life will be like. It’s a scary thought.

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