Money a little tight this Mother’s Day? Relax. You know Ma doesn’t equate money with love anyways. She taught you well. However, Ma does care about thoughtfulness and doing your best, a lesson she’s drilled into your head since you were three. Mom would also be glad to know that you aren’t a fool with your money, and you know how to budget.
With that in mind, here are some money saving gift ideas for her that will be easy on your budget and still make her proud of you.
You know what mom would like more than a picture of family? When your parents get older, money, status and “stuff” means less and less to them. What they’re really craving is a stronger connection to the people they love. Ma would probably love just spending Mother’s Day with you and better yet, you and your children.
Dinner, at your house, or hers. On Mother’s Day, save money by bringing back memories of evening meals at the table with your parents by cooking a favorite family recipe. The recipe alone will probably be enough to bring back family memories. Mom will be glad to see that she taught you well as you pass on the recipe to a new generation..
Memories she can see and touch
If you can’t be there in person on Mother’s Day, why not send a DVD of photos and videos of your family, showing her what you’ve been up to over the past year? A scrapbook might also be a good money saving idea. Be sure to include “essays” and messages from the kids about why they love grandma so much. Saving money has never been sweeter.
Perhaps mom needs some work done around the house or yard on Mother’s Day but she can’t quite fit it into her budget or calendar. What better way to show you love her and care about her than cleaning things up around the yard or house yourself to make her life a little easier and save her a little money?
Flowers die mere days after they’re given, no matter how well you take care of them. What a waste of money. Why don’t you give Ma a plant on Mother’s Day instead? Perhaps a sapling marking the birth of your children that grows with them year by year would be nice.