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Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Mother's Day | 0 comments

Make Mom’s Day! Google Plus Hangout Recap

Gift ideas and savings advice to celebrate Mother’s Day

If you weren’t able to join us for our Google Hangout about tips and tricks for saving money and giving mom a great Mother’s Day, don’t worry, you can watch it at anytime!  But if you have very little free time, and you want to know the bullet points, we have consolidated them for you.  Special thanks to the five amazing Savings.com DealPros that provided some great insights and helpful hints: Toni AndersonLauren GreutmanKim DangerAshley Goad and Melissa Earl.

Streamed Live April 22, 2014
 

As promised, here is the amazing advice, tips and tricks for making Mother’s Day a huge success without breaking the bank.

Traditional Mother’s Day gifts can be pricey (jewelry, flowers, candy). What are some tips you have for getting these items less expensively?

  • Buy candy after holidays, like Easter when it goes on sale.
  • Try getting flowers from places like grocery stores, Costco or Sam’s Club where prices won’t be as high as a delivery service would be, and find a vase to put them in. If you do want to get them delivered, check savings sites that have discounts and coupon codes that can save you money on those services.
  • Check dollar stores and thrift stores for vases and embellishments for the flowers.
  • Get potted flowers rather than cut flowers so that they can be enjoyed year-round.
  • For jewelry, plan ahead. Try to shop for expensive items during Black Friday or other high discount times of year and put them away for dates like Mother’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.
  • Also, check Etsy or Pinterest for more handmade, custom items or ideas to create jewelry or gifts yourself.

What are some alternative Mother’s Day gift ideas to the traditional ones mentioned earlier?

  • Rather than giving gifts, do something for mom.  Give her a diaper-free day, clean the house, send her to the spa, do the laundry, cook all day, etc.
  • Have the kids make breakfast in bed for mom.
  • Let the kids make a coupon book full of things that they want to do for mom – free backrub, wash the kitchen floor or fold the laundry.

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day craft project or DIY gift idea?

  • Decorate flowerpots with handprints or artwork from the kids.
  • Create those plaster hand or footprint plaques for smaller kids.
  • Have the kids write a card to mom telling her how special she is or list their favorite things about mom.
  • Create wrap bracelets or jewelry for mom.
  • Dress kids up in extra big, old-fashioned clothes (get them from thrift stores), take photos and print them in black and white. Add a cute saying that says something like,“even when I’m grown up, I will still love you.” {author note: I adore this idea!}
  • Get a platter from the store for around $4, get some paint and put handprints and fingerprints on it. Bake it for a few minutes in the oven and you have a personalized dish to use year-round.
  • Creatively package baked goods in custom plant pots, cookie tins or baskets that can be reused.

A popular trend we’ve heard about is giving Mom an experience instead of a traditional gift.

  • If your kids are into music or the arts, have them put on a concert or a play for mom at the house.
  • Give mom a girl’s weekend with some of her best friends. Watch savings sites, or follow bloggers to search for vacation deals that can be used anytime throughout the year.
  • Give her a day of pampering without time restrictions, let her take as much time as she wants to relax.

What about new moms?  What kind of gifts or experiences can you give to them?

  • Give them the gift of rest, a few hours off to take a nap.
  • Bring them some food, and then stay to take care of the baby for a few hours while the parents eat in peace.
  • For the guys, write the moms in your life love letters. Tell them how amazing and beautiful they are. It will be heartfelt and personal and will last forever.
  • For expectant mothers, book them a photo shoot for the family and newborn so that they don’t have to worry about taking care of it once the baby arrives.
  • Give them books to read that will help them to answer those nagging questions about,“How do I do this?”

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day gift you’ve either given or received?

  • Things that can be passed down generation to generation, like a special necklace or keepsake.
  • Handwritten letters from the kids, husbands or loved ones.
  • Photos of the kids and family.
  • Doing something that mom hasn’t been able to do or hasn’t done for herself (like replace a fence or an old mixer).

What’s the best piece of savings advice you’ve gotten from Mom?

  • Imagine that one of your incomes is used for bills and the other is used for fun, that way you can enjoy your life without worry.
  • Never pay full price.
  • Always use coupons!
  • Learn from my mistakes.
  • Live with what you have rather than outside your means.
  • Don’t go into debt for anything other than your house (and education if you need to).

This was some amazing advice from women that live the savings lifestyle every day and really know what moms like!  So watch the video, read their advice, and make this mother’s day one for the history books!

Rebecca Fulton, Social Media Platform Manager at Valpak

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