According the National Retail Federation (NRF) 2011 study, Father’s Day spend averages $106.49 which falls behind Mother’s Day average spend of $140.73.
I don’t know how much NRF or BIGresearch spent on this study but a quick scan on the internet or glancing at their local newspaper could have told them the same thing. The companies offering sales, discounts and freebies are far less abundant on Father’s Day than Mother’s Day.
Despite the reduction in promotions for your father figure, I did find manage to find some good freebies. Remember to call ahead first for exact terms and participation.
Chik Fil A Father’s Day – Dads and kids can design their own race car and dad’s get a free small homespun milkshake.
Ikea - Free breakfast of fluffy scrambled eggs served with a side of hash browns, scrumptious bacon plus a hot cup of coffee until 11AM.
TCBY – One free small cup or cone.
Spaghetti Warehouse – Free lasagna or spaghetti entree on June 19. (Participation varies.)
Culver’s – One free frozen custard (Call ahead as participation varies.)
Pasta House – Free order of Spaghetti with Meatsauce and a FREE piece of Cheesecake.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Free meal during their “Dad’s Eat Free” promotion.
Outback Steakhouse – Free Aussie-tizer.
Texas de Brazil – Free meal for dad with the purchase of another meal.
Denny’s – Free ice cream float for child and dad when you make Dad a free eCard! Send the free eCard via Facebook or download and email it.
Smokey Bones – Register first for their club to get a coupon for Fathers to eat free with the purchase of another meal delivered to your inbox or you can stop by the store to pick one up.
Free Crafts In Stores
Michaels – Homemade gifts can be made for just a few dollars or even for free at the Michael’s Knack events.
Home Depot – Kid’s Workshop and Make a Valet Organizer for Toolbox. (Call ahead for dates.)
Lowe’s – Make a Father’s Day Goofy Golf kit to give to dad.
Pottery Barn For Kids – Parents and preschoolers will have the opportunity to explore new ways to play with DUPLO Bricks while listening to the fun tunes of DUPLO Jams! All participants will receive a special giveaway – while supplies last. My note: I need to mention that Pottery Barn has been really creative this year with activities – Kudos to them.
Free Cards Online
Chuck E Cheese – Download craft activity, cut out and wear or use as a banner in your home.
Papersnaps - Design a free Father’s Day Card or get a free personalized Father’s Day Card from Tiny Prints with Coupon Code 4FDAY & FREEFD.
Card Store – Free card with code FREECARD.
Shutterfly – Five free Father’s Day Cards with the code DADCARD.
Free Crafts Online
Crayola.com – Huge list of printables and crafts.
Family Fun.com – Another Huge list of printables and crafts.
Great American Cookie & Co. – Printable craft, hopefully next year will be a free cookie.
Disney Movie Rewards.go.com – two free printable, coloring Father’s Day Card.
Brunswick Bowling Center – 2 free games of bowling + free shoe rental with a purchase of 2 games for an accompanying child 15 years or younger.
Medieval Times – Free Admission for Dad Father’s Day Weekend.
Free Gifts (some are free after buying something).
Adidas Outlet Store - Get a printable coupon and redeem it for either a free One Pack of adidas Tees or a free Low Rise Briefs or Boxer Briefs.
T-Mobile – All Phones will be FREE on Father’s Day.
Sears – Spend $50 on Men’s Apparel at Sears and get FREE $50 Come Back Cash.
Walmart Pictureme Portrait Studios – Make a Free Portrait Collage.
Vistaprint – Item is free but pay shipping & handling.
Calendar – $5.79
Flipbook – $5.99
Mug – $5.76
Mouse Pad – $4.24
T-shirt – $4.24
Magnets – $4.75
Remember to call ahead first to check dates and participation. Give your local retailers a call or visit their website for any deals. Have Fun!