Monday, May 3, 2010

Make it Cheap Monday - Mother's Day Gifts!

In honor of Mother's day quickly approaching, I thought I would share some ways to make Mother's day super affordable for any budget.

Oh, and not having a camera kinda hinders me from doing the usual Make it Cheap Monday recipe. Minor detail. :) Thankfully, a new one should be here in time for Wednesday's post!

1. Keep Things Simple. Seriously. Okay, maybe something is wrong with me but the perfect Mother's Day to me is waking up to breakfast in bed, prepared by my husband. Like these Griddle Cakes with fruit and juice. Oh, and a little bouquet of flowers is always a nice touch too. :) Other than that, I really just want to spend the day outdoors with my family - playing at a park, visiting the zoo, etc.

2. Use Coupons. If you would rather have a little more gifting involved in your Mother's Day, I highly suggest that you use coupons. If you've never used them before, this is a great time to experiment with them. Just go to Google and type in the retailer's name and the words "printable coupon" (ex: Ann Taylor printable coupon). You'll probably be able to find something as most retailers are using these. JC Penny currently has a coupon that is being mailed out for $10 off a $10 or more purchase. That means you could buy something for $9.99 and just pay a few pennies on it after the coupon and sales tax. Or go for something bigger and you'll still get $10 off.

3. Spend a little, save a little: If you're planning on shopping online for Mother's Day, first go to eBates, sign up for an account (it's free!) and then, using their site, click through to your favorite online retailers. You'll instantly be awarded with a $5 credit to your account, just for signing up! Additionally, each purchase you make online, by first going to their site and then clicking their link to the retailer, you'll be able to earn a percentage back. I've just started using them recently and can't believe I haven't done so sooner!

4. Give From the Heart: I love love love homemade gifts. Michael's frequently hosts craft events for kids. This week they're doing a craft each day so you have tons of opportunities for your husband/mom/sister to take the kids there and have them make a little surprise for Mom - often for free or just $1-2! Go all week long and you'll have a large collection of nifty gifties. If somebody else isn't available to take you children to these events, consider going with them yourself and having them create stuff for Grandma!

5. Save on Dinner Out: If you want to go out to dinner, go to and use their search to find awesome coupons for restaurants near you. Use the coupon code MOM at checkout and you'll save 70% off a $25 gift certificate and get a free $15 ProFlower's certificate. Score! These gift certificates can be either e-mailed to yourself to print later or you can simply print them out immediately after your purchase has been completed. Super simple.

What are you doing to make Mother's Day special this year?


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