Frugal Friday: Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Part One

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Mother’s Day is about two weeks away. (Husbands, wake up!)

Whether you are celebrating your own mother or another special mother in your life (wife, sister, friend, mother-in-law), it is in the best interests of your wallet — and your reputation — to plan ahead. When we plan our gift-giving in advance we are less likely to overspend or spend Sunday morning in a Hallmark store.

Here’s a round up of ideas to inspire you:

:: Dinner’s On Me::

Prepare a freezer meal to deliver to a busy mom. In some ways it’s so much better than a hot meal as she can save it in the freezer for a day when she really needs it. My favorite meal to deliver is lasagna and garlic bread because everything is self-contained. Throw in a bagged salad and maybe some chocolate butterhorns and you’ve got a veritable feast. Don’t forget to include a card with serving directions.

Total cost, as pictured, $5.00 (cute child not included)

:: Let Me Entertain You ::

An Entertainment Book usually pays for itself, especially when purchased at the lowest rate, $15 with free shipping. Our new book is filled with coupons for the grocery store as well as restaurants that we regularly visit. For our family, it’s a definite money saver.

Total cost, $15.

:: Tea for Two ::

Put together a little tea party, complete with matching mugs, tea and cookies. Readers suggested adding antique tea spoons, a small jar of honey and sugar cubes. What a sweet treat!

Total cost, as pictured, $4.18

Vista Print :: The New Calling Card::

Years ago women regularly carried “calling cards,” elegant cards to leave with new friends and acquaintances. The business world has certainly carried on the tradition and now mothers have their own cards. These are perfect to leave with new friends that Mom makes on the ball field, at playgroup or at the PTO.

Total cost, starts at $1.99, depending on where you buy

:: Grab a Good Read ::

Magazines are a monthly reminder of your love and friendship. Buy a current issue from the newsstand and wrap it with a card promising a new issue every month. There are multiple places to get good deals on subscriptions:

Total cost, starts at $3.75

Got another frugal Mother’s Day Gift idea? I’d love to hear it!

What do YOU do to save money?

Feel free to share your experiences with frugal Mother’s Day gifts, but you are not required to comment or post about that. Simply share whatever YOU do to save money.

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Oops, seems like I’m linked twice. I got kicked out, and when I came back, it wasn’t there, so I added again, and now it’s there twice.
    I saw your tweet the other day about Mother’s Day dinner in the freezer. I think I will do that. My family doesn’t mind cooking, but then they leave a mess. So, if I get it done ahead, I won’t have to worry about the mess…hopefully.
    Thanks for hosting!

  2. I love the freezer meal idea for Mother’s Day! What a great gift that would be…

  3. What great ideas! I wish I lived close enough to my mother to make some freezer meals, perhaps I can bake her some thing sweet each month. She would probably also enjoy receiving a magazine.

    I am using some of my kids art work to create notecards for my mother-in-law.

  4. Thanks for the reminder that mother’s day is coming up!

  5. I have $0 to spend, so for my mother, I am going to make her a flower arrangement with the flowers growing in my backyard. She oohed and ahhed about the one I made for my own table last week, bringing a friend over to see it and even taking pictures of it! I have about 100 roses blooming right now from 2 rose bushes, so, hopefully I’ll still have more ready by Mother’s Day, or I’ll have to find something else to give her!

    I guess that floral arranging class that I took in college was worth it, even though my parents thought it was a waste at the time. . . . 🙂

  6. love your ideas they are great thanks for sharing them

  7. I keep forgetting about using Best Deal Magazines for gifts. Thanks for the reminder!!

  8. I posted my first attempt at sewing that saved me $80!!

  9. Cute ideas for moms here. Thanks!

    Another one for bird loing moms with kids might be isnpired by this post we wrote a while back…

  10. Those are great ideas! Thanks so much for another great post.

  11. Love Love Love getting magazines as gifts. Love giving them too!

  12. My kids could paint a rock for me & I’d think it was the best thing ever. Isn’t that the greatest about being a mom?….rocks could make us weep.

  13. Great ideas! I know a lot of moms would enjoy the meal, but I, personally, would love the entertainment book. hint hint, hubby…. LOL. Here’s another gift the kids can make:

  14. My best friend shared a wonderful frugal tip with me today. When she goes to get her nails done-she files them at home first and then simply asks for a “color-change” which is fresh nail polish only.

    She pays $4 and it lasts for almost 2 weeks. And it looks just as good as a complete manicure.

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