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Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #39-Father’s Day at the Dollar Tree?

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Father’s Day is coming up next weekend, which means I have to get my Dad’s and father-in-law’s gifts mailed on Monday. My husband is easy because he likes anything. My father-in-law is easy. A gift card to Home Depot or Red Lobster hits the spot. My Dad is incredibly hard to shop for. He used to play golf, but since his stroke, he doesn’t do that anymore. He doesn’t shop, doesn’t eat out, doesn’t do home repair, doesn’t read, doesn’t listen to music, and doesn’t really do anything but work. He has more clothes than he’ll ever need and tends to wear the same things over and over, saving his “new” stuff that is many years old now. I have bought him very nice glasses and sunglasses, but he ends up wearing an old pair of drug store readers instead. He makes me want to pull out my hair!

This  year I decided to let my daughter pick his gift. Since her favorite store is the Dollar Tree, that’s where we went. I got a basket and she filled it with hard candy, cookies, peanuts, tape, aspirin, crosswords, and gum. I had to nix the Tru Moo chocolate milk.  Less than $10, and I know he’ll like looking through the stuff to see what’s in there. He does actually eat, so I know he’ll like the candy and sweets, and who doesn’t need aspirin and tape? When in doubt, let the little one decide!

Grocery Game

The Grocery Game at Canadian Budget Binder has started again. If you are spending more than you want on grocery and personal care items, you should play. I have been lousy lately with posting and it probably won’t get better for a while, but from my months of playing, I learned how to really save and think about my grocery bill. Besides, it’s fun to see what others buy as well.


Carnival of Financial Independence 14th Edition


Thanks for the love. May you all get Dollar Tree gift baskets! Please let me know if I missed someone.

The Frugal Farmer, Luke 1428, The Heavy PurseTwice, Thanks Shannon!, Monster Piggy Bank, Fix Em Up Rent Em Out, I Heart Budgets, Debt Roundup, My Financial Independence Journey, Life and My Finances, and Mom and Dad Money

Fun Search Terms

Budge Pad 30000– No idea what that is, but maybe it would have been a good Father’s Day gift!

bad habit when i see money in my purse i spend- Get a debit card.

be rude to make them leave– That’s one way of getting rid of the company.

how long did it take Will Smith to pay off his debt?– One day after hitting it big with DJ Jazzy Jeff.

i’m scarded to go teepeeing– Toilet paper always scarded me too. Maybe just stay home then?

20/20 Posts of the Week

A Sad View Into Making Ends Meet at Debt Roundup. Grayson was a superhero this week when he paid for a bag of beans that a fellow shopper, sadly, couldn’t afford.

Direct Real Estate Investment vs REITs at My Financial Independence Journey. Pros and cons for both, but a good thing to add to a portfolio, in my opinion.

What to do With Extra Income at Life and My Finances. Oh, what a glorious problem to have!

My Life Insurance Mistake at Mom and Dad Money. Not as big of a mistake as not having any!

Another Free Flight and Hotel on Credit Card Points at I Heart Budgets. This is my new obsession, so I love reading fellow war stories.

What are you getting the Dads in your family for Father’s Day?

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. Thanks for the shout out! I’m sure your dad will love the gift basket, just because your daughter helped. My dad’s impossible to get a present for too. We’re going to spend the day at the beach as a family, which I think is better than getting him anything material. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  2. Thanks for calling me a superhero Kim, but I don’t consider myself one. It was necessary and didn’t put a dent into my budget. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  3. Your husband is easy, he likes anything. See not all men are hard to shop for. I send my dad a card for Father’s Day and ring him up when they are home as most of the time they are off vacationing somewhere. I hope one day I get to be as lucky as them in retirement. Thanks for mentioning the GGC. You’ve been part of it for a long while now and it’s great to have fans from all over the world want to get control of the budget, find areas to improve and have a safe place to fail and not be criticized because we are not all perfect. Learning from our mistakes, others mistakes and trying our best to avoid them is imperative especially when it comes to money and finance.I set aside 10 minutes a week to do my write up then I write the post of course which takes me hours. I think that 10 minutes I devote to our grocery budget is about us and an important 10 minutes of my week. I hope to see your shop soon Kim! Mr.CBB

  4. Since I am on the receiving end of the present, I value my children’s time much more than a present.

  5. As a father, I always appreciate a gift card. I have recieved many items on Father’s Day that may have seemed like a good idea – like a movie DVD or a hat – but it just didn’t connect with my tastes.

    Thanks for the mention!

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