Mother’s Day is coming…May 13th. Are you ready?
We tell Mom we love her every day (hopefully), but we have one special day each year when we really pull out all the stops. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, American consumers will spend as much as $23.1 billion on Mother’s Day celebrations.
Around $4.6 billion of that will be spent on jewelry. And why not? Jewelry lasts forever. Every time she puts it on, she will remember you. The Federation estimates $4.4 billion will be spent on Mother’s Day brunches, dinners or other outings.
Jewelry and meals out can be expensive. If you are on a tight budget, how can you do something special for Mom? Here are 6 awesome and affordable ways to tell Mom “thank you.”
# 1. Spend Time with Mom
An interesting statistic in the National Retail Federation survey is that 3 in 1 respondents said they would appreciate a gift of experience. This means she wants to create memories with you. Flowers, candy, clothing or jewelry can be beautiful and certainly appreciated. But you can make Mom happy and not spend a fortune.
#2. Take Mom to the Spa
This idea is for the Dads out there especially if you have teenage girls. What Mom would not love a spa experience?? But, going to the spa can be expensive and if you didn’t budget for Mother’s Day, charging the outing to your credit card could cause you problems later. BUT, you can create an amazing spa experience at home.
First of all, start her day with breakfast in bed. Then set up the ultimate in-home spa experience. There are many affordable spa products that be easily purchased from your local retailers. With your teens, you can experiment a little and make spa products, such as facial masks. Give Mom a back massage, pedicure, manicure, or facial, all in the comfort of her home. She will love the special attention from her family and you will love the money you save.
#3. Homemade Coupon Books for Mother’s Day
If the kids are too young to help out with the spa treatment, they can be busy making coupon books. The coupons can be redeemed by Mom at any time. Coupons can be for hugs, kisses, cleaning up the kitchen or their bedroom, taking out the trash or other jobs around the house.
#4. Breakfast is More Affordable
Really want to take Mom out for a meal?
Dinner is going to be much more expensive and the restaurants will be busier. Take her for breakfast instead. And if you want to surprise her with a beautiful bouquet, skip the florists and head to your local farmer’s market or natural food store. The flowers are just as fresh and much easier on your budget.
#5. Look for Free Stuff to Do
As we mentioned above, a lot of Moms say they would appreciate a gift of experience. Start scanning the newspapers now and make a note of all the free venues and special programs scheduled for Mother’s Day. You know what she likes. Many museums, galleries, theaters, parks, etc. are free on Mother’s Day.
#6. Mother’s Day Tech Idea
Keep Your Mom’s Smartphone Charged
Any discussion about gifts would have to include at least one tech idea. There are many cutting-edge tech delights out there, but most are pretty expensive. This is a really simple idea and very affordable.
Mom loves hearing from you right? A routine phone call to check in and tell her how much you love her is priceless. But nothing is more frustrating than not being able to reach Mom because her phone battery has expired. How many times has Mom had trouble finding her phone charger…probably because one of the kids took it??!!
The solution? A battery case might be a solution, but Mom may not like the extra weight. Instead, you can buy her an extended battery case that comes with a removable magnetic power-pack. It’s a slim, wrap-around plastic case, with a 4,000mAh battery pack that attaches to the back by a magnetic connector. So far, this is only available for iPhone and costs less than $30.
Bottom line: It’s not how much money you spend that shows how much you love Mom. Put a little of yourself inside the gift this Mother’s Day and she will appreciate it long after the moment has passed.