(From the WGCH Radio spot, Steals & Deals, May 7th, 2014 by Marilyn Zelinsky Syarto, Two Frugal Fairfielders)
It’s not the end of the world if you haven’t prepped for Mother’s Day yet. You DO have a couple more days. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can do (while spending a lot less) to make Mom feel taken care of and appreciated by Sunday, May 11th.
Surveys around the web say that respondents are playing it low key this year for Mother’s Day gifts, spending $50 or less this year. Over here at Two Frugal Fairfielders, this is wonderful news; people aren’t planning to “buy” Mom off with over-the-top gifts. (Thoughtful, frugal gifting is always appreciated.)
Here’s a quick list in no particular order for you to access great, inexpensive Mom’s Day gifts on the run.
Coldwater Creek going-out-of-business sale: This apparel retailer is sadly bankrupt and its starting liquidation sales NOW for a Mother’s Day recoup (expect approx. 30% and up off items). They have some physical stores here and there, a few in Connecticut and Westchester–so take advantage of seriously slashed prices on pretty clothing for Mom. (Just make sure you don’t buy something that she’ll need to return!)
Shoprite Gift Card Deal: Win-win–buy $50 worth of gift cards at Shoprite and get a $10-off coupon to use on your next grocery shopping trip. Love these deals because if you look at it one way, you are paying $40 for $50 worth of gift cards. Or you can just look at it like you have an extra ten bucks in your wallet for your next trip to Shoprite. The cards included in this deal which is good through May 10th: JCPenney, Sephora, Gap, Old Navy, Banana’s Republic, Express, Lane Bryant and Darden gift cards. Check your stores for exact cards included in the deal because different stores may have different options.
Walgreens: I’ve done this a million times for quick gifts–upload a digital photo to the Walgreen’s site, choose a photo gift and pick up in about an hour or so. Throw a collage or an 8×10 image in a frame and you’re good to go. Amazingly enough, you can literally splash together a personalized calendar for mom for about $20–and pick up the same day, and no matter how you designed it, it’ll still look good!
Starbucks: Start your mom’s day off right with a BOGO deal at Starbucks. Buy one, get one free on Mother’s Day (you have to actually bring your mom to the cafe…) on Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea latte. See the deal here.
Fragrances at CVS: Get a $5 off any fragrance (except clearance) at CVS. To get the coupon, go to the infamous red coupon machine at the front of the store, scan your loyalty card (or punch in your phone number) and the coupon (many coupons) will spit out.
Restaurant.com: There’s no shame in getting a restaurant gift certificate to use as a Mother’s Day gift, or, to take your mom out for dinner. Restaurant.com is known for its great deals, but as always, read the fine print and make sure you can use it on Sunday at whichever restaurant you choose. They have some great deals this week for Mother’s Day such as buy 3 $25 e-gift cards for $15. But remember, you still need to pay minimums at the restaurants — so you can’t just go in and get a $25 meal and walk away. Most likely, with a deal like this, the minimum is $35 plus. Always read the fine print! But we still love Restaurant.com!
Free: Printables are very elegant these days. Print them out, frame them, voila! A great gift. Go here for the best Mom’s Day printables: Snapfish (elegant menus, place cards and more) and Elegance and Enchantment (beautiful gift tags and more). For more stunning printables, go to Pintrest and type in Free Mother’s Day Printables and you’ll be shocked at the quality of what you find.
and as always….
Don’t forget Amazon and Groupon! You can get quick and easy gifts that are more thoughtful than just the flowers and candy route. Today, you can get free gift boxes and one-day shipping at Amazon on numerous Mother’s Day items, including eligible jewelry. Over at Groupon, well, you can get just about anything for 50% to 80% off! Here’s one of my favorite deals (hint, hint).
Another freebie: If you are really strapped–why not get your mom a coupon for a free flat tire fix? Not so strange when your mom needs this and she finds this great gift stuck in her purse! It’s called a “help your mom get out of a jam” gift. There are a few places that have this coupon. Go to Mr. Tire and Monro Mufflers–they have ongoing coupons and promos that you can print out monthly (the ones on the sites expire May 31st, but call to see when next month’s coupon will be uploaded). PS: there are more freebies than just flat tire fixes–check out the free tire rotations and more. (This makes a great grad gift, too!)
But if you REALLY want to send flowers: ProFlowers offers flowers with nice vase or container AND candy! Some items are same-day delivery (nice!) and all items are very reasonably priced (all under $100, some way under $100). But, don’t really know the quality of the buds, so take your chances…
Get a head start on Father’s Day: Harbor Freight has great coupons, and this month (as they did in April), they have Super Coupons for free items. You can find these coupons in your SmartSource coupon inserts found in the newspaper, and you can find a few online on their site. My husband got a free (no purchase required) strap-on headlamp. Looks goofy on him, but what the heck, if it helps him with his honey-do list. There are coupons for free tarps, ropes, flashlights, scissors, tape measures and more. (The freebie coupons on the site have old expiration dates, but they are really good till May 31st.)
Have a great Mother’s Day and hope I receive this wine class gift, I mean, I hope you all get your mom a great gift! :–)
(Note: absolutely none of these links on this post are affiliate links, these are purely my ideas, picks and tips for having a great Mother’s Day!)