Mother’s Day is just a few days away (May 8th!). I’m sure your mom does not want you to spend money beyond your means and end up with credit card debt. Honor your mother by choosing affordable gifts and activities this Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day Gifts on a Budget
Rather than buying your mom any old thing, consider what might be fun or useful for her personality. Don’t forget to check your budget to see how much money you have to work with while shopping. If you tend to overspend, a good way to manage credit card debt is to only pay with cash.
Affordable Gifts for Outings:
- Think about purchasing a book or some music she could use for a trip. If you have a few siblings, consider splitting the cost of a Kindle/Nook device, an MP3 player, or some nice headphones.
- A gift card for a restaurant or activity at her next destination is always a great option.
- Concert tickets plus a babysitter, if you have younger siblings, will certainly be appreciated. Do it yourself to save money.
Affordable Gifts for the Home:
- What better way to celebrate your mom than giving her some time off from chores! Offer to get the house in order for her over the weekend, or help with a bigger project she has been wanting to tackle.
- Dig up some old family photos and have them nicely framed, or make a collage.
- If your mom likes to garden, there are always more pots, adornments or plants you can give.
Give a gift that will show that you know your mother’s tastes. This is a much better way to show your love than to add to your consumer debt by buying her an expensive give that she may not even like.
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 to 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 consumer debt. If you are working on debt reduction, it’s all the more reason to stay on budget for your Mother’s Day spending.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!