There are two very important days throughout the year which you don’t want to forget: your mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day. (Here’s your reminder that Mother’s Day 2018 is on Sunday, May 13th!)
It’s only natural to want to give your mom, your wife, your sister or any significant mom in your life the world for Mother’s Day, but, you must stay within a budget. (Mom would appreciate knowing she taught you how to manage your money.) Here are six ways you can show the moms in your life you appreciate them this Mother’s Day without breaking the bank.
1. Moms Deserve Relaxation
Moms work hard day-in and day-out to provide and care for their families. But don’t just believe the cliché, believe the Welch’s Juice study that says being a mom is the same as working 2.5 full-time jobs! Give the moms you know with young children a break by going to Sittercity to hire a reputable, quality babysitter at an affordable price. The few hours of peace and quiet she’ll have to go to the spa, play a round of golf or get her hair done will let her re-charge to tackle on anything motherhood can throw at her.
Who knows? A babysitter from Sittercity could become the gift that keeps on giving. If the sitter does a good job, she can keep hiring that person so she can have more Mom-time in the future!
2. Diaper Goodness
All new moms know diapers aren’t cheap. In fact, according to BabyCenter.com, parents typically spend around $60 every month on diapers, which is over $700 every year. The cost only increases if moms have multiple children in diapers. How do you combat that price tag? You could go the cloth diaper route, which can save Mom some money depending on how many children she has, but they can be expensive to start, according to Forbes.
You can buy a package of diapers as a gift; it will surely be appreciated. Just make sure you know what type of diapers she prefers for her children! Even better than one package of diapers is the chance at receiving free diapers over the course of 12 months. For Mother’s Day, turn the moms you know with little ones onto Everyday Family’s Free Diapers for a Year giveaway. While entering the contest doesn’t guarantee they’ll win, at least they’ll have a chance at winning. The moms you tell will be grateful that you were so thoughtful to tell them about this offer.
3. Moms Love Flowers
You can’t go wrong with the gift of flowers on Mother’s Day. In fact, Americans were projected to spend $2.5 billion total on Mother’s Day flowers in 2017, according to IBISWorld. Flowers can become pricey if you don’t watch what and where you’re buying. There are a few solutions on how to get around the price tag. One solution is you could pick them out of your own garden.
But what if you don’t have a garden? You’re going to have to buy them in that case. Do your research before you go out and buy a bouquet. Check all the flower websites and brick-and-mortar stores you possibly can and compare prices. When you find the flowers you want at the lowest price, you’ll be happy you did your research.
You can also take surveys for your chance to win $100 gift cards from places like 1-800-Flowers. If you receive the gift card, then you can buy your mom, wife or sister as many tulips, orchids, hydrangeas, daisies and roses she could ever want. Or at least $100 worth of them!
4. Beautician Status
Moms like to look good just as much as anyone, so makeup will be part of the routine when it comes to dressing up. In fact, the average consumer spends between $26-$50 on beauty and personal care products every month in the United States, according to a 2017 Statista study. This can add up to nearly $600 every year, which is a lot of money. To help cut costs, a gift to give the moms in your life is cosmetics.
Are the moms you know picky about makeup brands? Then get her a gift card to a cosmetics store. This way, she can choose the products she needs and wants. Since makeup is expensive, the alternative to purchasing a gift card would be to earn a survey reward of a Sephora $100 gift card to give to the lucky mom in your life.
5. Shopping Sprees
No matter how hard moms try, they can rarely ever avoid spending a lot of money at big box stores to get essentials for their families. A lovely gift for them would be for someone to pay the bills they rack up there. Gift cards work just as well, too! You could purchase a large gift card for her, but you’re also trying to budget, so what can you do? You can do research to see what programs reward you for participating with gift cards from places like Target and Kohl’s. If it’s the right fit for you, feel free to participate and share your rewards with the moms in your life that share so much with you.
6. Homemade Gifts Will Be a Hit
If you’re a crafty person, you can always make something by hand for the mothers in your life. Knitting and crocheting garments or various things can yield cute yet inexpensive gifts. To get started, you can find needles for under $5 and many types of yarn for under $10 at department stores or online. Whether you make a scarf, a sweater or slippers, your gift will mean more to her knowing you took the time to make her gift.
You can also make a scrapbook and put pictures of memorable motherhood moments in it. You can find scrapbooks online and in-stores for under $10 and all you must do is supply the memories! You don’t have to get super creative and decorate in extreme detail. You can always just handwrite in captions or draw your own designs inside to save money. It’s nearly guaranteed all mothers who receive a scrapbook of her, her babies and close family members will cry tears of joy.
Handmaking a Mother’s Day card is always a good option when you’re on a budget. It doesn’t take many materials. If you don’t have it, you can buy a small stack of construction paper for $1, but you probably already have writing utensils—whether that’s washable markers, permanent markers, pens or colored pencils–on hand to put the finishing touches on the card. Moms tend to like the sentimental value of handmade objects, so give Mom something from the heart that says you care about her.
Since you can’t afford to give moms the world on Mother’s Day, these six low budget ideas can spark your creativity for the perfect gift that will make her smile from ear to ear on May 13th.