Mother’s Day on a Budget


Mother’s Day is May 13, 2012 and it’s that time again to spend a day showing mom just how much she means. In terms of expense, Mother’s Day is currently number two on the gift giving scale. Many restaurants also report it’s their busiest day of the year and telephone providers report it’s also the busiest day for long distance calls. We all want to make mom feel like a queen on Mother’s Day, but with limited budgets it’s time to get creative and spend within your means! So how do you strike a balance between giving mom everything she deserves and not spending so much you end up with financial problems?

Check out these budget friendly ideas from the experts at

Give gifts from the heart. Moms are pretty sentimental, especially when it comes to their families. Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to give a gift that has intrinsic meaning instead a big price tag. Handmade photo albums or family picture frames, letters or poetry, or even something that brings out your creative side like a painting or a song, make great gifts for mom.

Buy early if purchasing online. The earlier you buy the liker you are to avoid extra shipping costs. If you don’t think you can make something and you’re going the route of buying a gift, decide what you want to get and buy it early. 1 in 5 Mother’s Day gifts are bought online, and if you plan ahead you can use standard ground shipping, incurring little to no cost at all.

Make a special dinner. Rather than going out to a fancy restaurant, try making her something yourself. Whipping up a special meal at home not only gets mom out of the kitchen, it’s a good way to show her your appreciation.

Family activities. Your mom doesn’t need huge extravagance to know you care, really (and she’s probably told you this before) she just wants to spend time with her family and have everyone together. Don’t go overboard trying to plan some big activity that’s going to cost a lot. Instead, consider inexpensive things that let you all have fun together. Go to the park, play in the backyard, or go for a long walk together and have a heart-to-heart.

All it takes is a little planning to make mom feel special. Remember, you are the most important thing to her and at the end of the day she just wants to know you love her!