Mother’s Day on a Budget

You can stay on a reasonable budget and still show Mom how much she means to you.

Between flowers, gifts, and dining out, Mother’s Day costs can quickly add up.

Along with the blooming flowers and sunshine come the plans for celebrating Mother’s Day. Our moms are always there for us, and now is an opportunity to show how much we appreciate all they do. However, between flowers, gifts, and dining out, Mother’s Day costs can quickly add up. How do you keep within a reasonable budget while still showing Mom how much she means to you? Here are a few ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day on a budget.

Frugal flowers

Nothing says “I love you” like a colorful bouquet of flowers, but those beautiful blossoms can cost a bundle. Save on Mom’s flowers by doing some of the work yourself. Don’t rely on the florist to provide the perfect base for the bouquet - bring your own basket from home or pick up a cheap but pretty vase at a craft or thrift store. Also, consider shopping your local grocery store or sidewalk stand before visiting a florist. Significant savings, like a bouquet for as little as $10, can be had by cutting out the middleman. If you do decide to shop at a florist, call first to find out when their flowers are delivered so you can get the freshest of the bunch. That way the flowers will last longer.

Gift it right

Get creative! Mom would love something personally made by you, like a decorated framed photo of a shared moment or a scrapbook of your best childhood memories. Lil’ Partners can receive a free “Why I Love My Mother” handprint craft kit when a deposit is made into his/her account. Add a personal message and create a gift Mom is sure to appreciate. If you’d rather purchase a gift, shop early so you don’t feel pressured into buying something you can’t afford. Also, carefully scout out coupon sites like RetailMeNot to see if you can snag a good deal.

Dining out (or in) for less

Of course, celebrating Mom’s special day isn’t complete without sharing a wonderful meal. But restaurants can be expensive, so don’t make reservations just yet. Maybe Mom would enjoy a home-cooked meal more than an evening out. You can whip up her favorite dishes, decorate the table and enjoy a delicious dinner at home. Or get the grill out and throw a family barbecue for lunch or dinner. Invite all the family over and enjoy a day outside with this nice weather. If you’ve got your heart set on taking mom out to a restaurant though, shop around for the best Mother’s Day deals. And, of course, check sites like Groupon or LivingSocial before making reservations.

Plan ahead

It’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s Mother’s Day. Shop the post-Mother’s-Day sales for fantastic deals on greeting cards, wrapping paper, and gifts for Mom. It’s worth the extra effort to save money on Mother’s Day expenses. After all, no one will be happier to see you saving money than your mom! Partner Colorado would like to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there. Enjoy your day!