Moms are the best. Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to display how much you care. Unfortunately, it can feel like you need to spend a lot of money on your mother to show your love. To avoid unnecessary consumer debt (and guilt), let’s take a look at meaningful and affordable Mother’s Day activities for the whole family.
Budgeting for Mother’s Day
The unglamorous side to any holiday or gift giving is the budget. Busting your budget just to buy mom a present is probably not what she would want you to do. Plan ahead by creating a place in your budget for gifts each month. Over time, you will have the funds available for holidays like Mother’s Day, birthdays and larger holidays such as Christmas.
If your pot for gifts is running low, cut back in another area for the month to make up the difference. However, know what you can afford before purchasing anything.
Inexpensive Mother’s Day Activities
There are plenty of cheap ways to have quality time with mom while avoiding credit card debt. Whether your mom wants help in the yard or get pampered at a spa, there are options for every scenario. Here are some ideas for inexpensive Mother’s Day activities:
- Gardening or Yard Work
- Manicure or Pedicure
- Movie Matinee
- DIY Family Portrait
- Homemade Art Show/Craft Time
Depending on your own supplies or resources, some of these ideas might turn out to be free. If you have siblings, make it a group effort to split costs. Your mom won’t see it as thrifty; she’ll be excited you are all getting along and wisely avoiding credit card debt.
Free Mother’s Day Ideas
For younger kids wanting to celebrate mom or even broke older ones in college, there are a number of ways to honor mom without spending money. These thrifty Mother’s Day activities utilize supplies found around the house, gas already in the tank and are still able to pull at her heart strings.
- Video or Slideshow Presentation
- Picnic in the Park
- Nature Hike
- Breakfast in Bed
- Clean the House
Remember, chances are that your mom wants to celebrate her special day with you, no matter what the activity. Work together as a family to orchestrate a unique occasion for her while staying away from more consumer debt. If you need inspiration for affordable gifts, read through our Last Minute Frugal Mother’s Day Gifts or Useful Gifts for Mom blog posts.
What are your plans for Mother’s Day?