With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, millions of Americans are breaking their penny banks to find a way to make sure that moms all over the country are shown the appreciation that they so sorely deserve. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been getting requests from readers who want some good financial advice on how to handle Mother’s Day. My first piece of advice is not to ignore it. Our wives, mothers and grand-mothers are far too important to be removed from our budget, but there are some ways that you can make sure that she gets that special day without breaking the bank. Here are a few things that you can do that are heartfelt, but will cost you less than a combined amount of $50.
Summon Your Inner Artist
A few years ago, my son made my mother a piece of abstract art that I thought was absolutely hideous. My mother is a very modern woman and was absolutely sure that she would keep it, but probably in a dark closet somewhere. Almost a decade later, you can still find this piece of art framed and hanging as prominently as any other thing in her home. If you have kids, this is great project that you can undertake with them. Usually the items needed for these projects are less than $10 and the fact that you and the kids did them together usually makes the art look that much better to mom.
Take a Narrative Trip Down Memory Lane
This one works especially well for Grandmothers. After giving mom her arts and craft present, you can take a bunch of old pictures and put them together into a book of memories. Try putting the pictures in chronological order and only put one picture on each page. You can write a short memory about the picture one each page and while you and the family are together narrate the pages as you turn. Have the kids chime in on baby pictures and other special occasions with rehearsed lines. Once again this will cost you a total of less than $10.
A Special Picnic Destination
Take mom to an outside destination of specific significance. Take her to the place where you proposed or to the first park that she took the kids and put together a picnic lunch. You can get an assortment of finger foods and drinks to snack on while you stroll down the memories of the location. You can actually get a good picnic basket and all the finger foods at your local Wal-Mart for around $30. At the end of the day you top it off by giving mom a card from each of you. You can get nice Mother’s Day cards at the dollar store for 50 cents each. Each of you should write a special memory in your card. This is a Mother’s Day tradition that you can pass down to the generations.
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