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Make mom happy without breaking the bank

What can you do to honour the woman who has given so much of her time, energy and love for you — without breaking the bank? There are scores of inexpensive options out there for people willing to think a little outside the box this Mother’s Day. Here are a few:

Quality time

With the day to day tasks of home and work life, it can sometimes be challenging to find time doing special things with your mom. Why not invite her to her own personal ‘Adventure of the Month Club’ and find a free or inexpensive activity to do with her every month for the year? It could be anything from a free concert in the park, picnic outing or art gallery exhibit opening — but it would give you and the special lady in your life some time to catch up and make new memories.


If purchasing a store-bought bouquet is out of the question for you this year, think of getting mom a few packet of seeds or a flowering perennial for the garden instead. The great part about this gift is you can also plan a time to plant the flowers together and she will be able to enjoy to enjoy the flowers for months to come. Just remember to water it during the dry summer months!


This would be an especially neat idea for a child or young person who wants to find a unique way to express how special mom is to you. You can do it by hand or type it on the computer using a fancy font, then put it inside a nice picture frame or card.

ChoresThere’s probably nothing worse than coming home from a lovely Mother’s Day brunch to find the house turned upside down. Why not surprise mom by cleaning the house, so she can take the day to relax?

Video messageIf your mom is far away this Mother’s Day, instead of just calling her try to make a video that you can send to her. It could include anything that she typically misses: your son practicing martial arts or your daughter in dance class, but should also include a short message telling how much you miss and love her. The great thing about a video is she can play it multiple times in between visits.

Moments in a Bottle

This is something that children could easily tackle. All they need is a glass jar, which they can decorate to their liking. Once the design aspect is done they can write down all their fondest memories with mom on a piece of quality paper and fold it up and place them into the jar. No matter what mom will be touched by your feelings for her.

CouponsMake your mom some coupons that she can cash in whenever she’s tired. It could be anything like washing the dishes after dinner, giving her a backrub or making lunch one afternoon. Either way she could probably use the extra help when work life gets out of hand.


Find an old picture which reminds you of a special moment you shared with your mom and frame it for Mother’s Day.

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Published May 10, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 09, 2013 at 5:12 pm)

Make mom happy without breaking the bank

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