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How to Save Money on Mother’s Day Gifts

Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Flower BouquetMother’s Day is May 12. Have you started shopping for the perfect gift for your mom yet? One way to save money, and still be able to give your mom a great gift, is to plan ahead. Some savings are going to require time for shipping. Other DIY ideas will require the time to create them.

FreeCoupons.com has a fresh bunch of coupon codes that will help you save money on a gift for Mother’s Day. Here are some good ones to consider:

Bath & Body Works will save you 20% off your order when you use the code SPRINGPICK13 at checkout. This code is valid through June 10, 2013.

1-800 Flowers.com will save you 15% off Mother’s Day flowers and gifts when you use the code MDAY2013. Use this code before May 12, 2013.

Just Flowers will take $10.00 off orders of $50.00 or more when you use the code JF2008 at checkout. Use it before June 30, 2013.

Smashbox will save you $15.00 off orders that are $75 (or more) when you use the code WELCOME2 at checkout. Use it before May 31, 2013.

ProFlowers will save you 50% on the “Mother’s Day spectacular”, which is now only $19.99. (It normally is priced at $39.99). There is no code required with this offer. Make sure you place your order through the ProFlowers website before May 12, 2013.

Would your mother prefer a gift that you made yourself? Try this DIY recipe for bath salts. Let mom spend some time relaxing in the tub on Mother’s Day!

The recipe requires coarse sea salt, epsom salts, baking soda, and essential oil (in a scent your mom likes). Food coloring is optional. Follow the recipe and put the bath salts into a nice container.

Does your mom like candles? Make a quick and easy DIY Mother’s Day gift by repurposing an empty, glass, baby food jar (or more than one).

In addition to the clean jar (with label removed) you will need a votive candle or tea light and some creativity. Decorate the jar by using sharpie markers, a lace doily, or by crocheting around the base of the jar (to about halfway up). Your mom will love that you made her gift yourself!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.