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Sunday may be the memorable Mother’s Day of all. Over the past year we’re thankful that mom is still with us. Many others were taken away suddenly during the pandemic. And while we mourn the loss of those precious lives—frequently without being there to comfort them, seeing to their needs, or, worst of all, not being able to attend their funeral—we honor mom as the steadfast matriarch we can never do without.

Mother’s Day is easily a time you can go crazy taking care of the moms in your life.  And by going crazy meaning spending gobs of cash.

It’s hard enough trying to figure out what mothers want for Mother’s Day.  Paying for it gets even trickier.

That’s not good.

But there are ways you can be frugal for Mother’s Day.  Keep reading and you’ll see some easy ways you can celebrate mom and be frugal as well.  You might even get extra points with mom for creating something on your own that was heartfelt.

  1. Mother’s Day cards

You must know you don’t have to go to the local card store and buy cards, right? Remember when you were a kid and you heard Mom say that a present you made was the best? Yes, that still applies. That mom in your life will so appreciate it if you take the time to create a card on your own rather than buy a store card. Got kids? Have them craft together an awesome card that shows off their love. Mom will love it!

  1. Photos

Get together some great photos of you and that special mom (or mom and the kids). In today’s age of digital cameras, it should be easy. Craft a mural of different photos for mom and design and frame it yourself. You can also find some of your favorite photos for mom and create a photo album for her.

  1. Dinner

Going out on Mother’s Day can be hectic. Even if you have reservations the restaurants will be crowded full of other families celebrating Mother’s Day. And you’ll pay more just because of the day. Instead get the kids together and make dinner for her yourself! She’ll appreciate the effort and you save on hassle and cost. An extra bonus can be breakfast in bed for Mom!

  1. Flowers

Flower companies can’t wait until Mother’s Day! They haven’t been able to jack up their prices since Valentine’s Day! If you want to help their bottom line then go out on Mother’s Day and get your special mom some flowers. She’ll appreciate it for sure just don’t tell her what you spent! If you have an understanding frugal mom to celebrate then get her flowers a day or two beforehand when the price isn’t all jacked up! Heck, even the day after will be tons cheaper (though she may think you forgot so be careful waiting). If you have to have them on Mother’s Day then make sure you plan ahead and check online for discounts and coupons.

  1. ‘No Work Day’

Mom does a lot doesn’t she? I mean, when you think of it, she does a ridiculous amount. That’s why you celebrate her this day. Take it a step further and institute a no-work day for mom. She’s not allowed to do any house tasks. Instead you’ll take over so mom can have a day of relaxation and you can show her you appreciate all she does.  [In reality you’ll try your best and mom will probably have to fix things the next day but it’s the thought that counts.  And it really does count.]

  1. Picnic

Get a lunch (or brunch) together and head out to a local park for a picnic. Spend it out in the sun with all of the blooming flowers and trees. Go and have a great family day! After all, it’s mom who’s helped make the family as awesome as it is.

  1. Mix tape

OK, maybe you won’t make a tape per se (unless she still has a tape player). But a CD or MP3 play list of some of her favorite songs is still a great considerate gift. “Mix Tapes are cheesy,” you say. Maybe, but they are still fun to receive and she’ll love the work you put into it. Find songs that tie into special occasions you shared. Put together some of her favorite songs. Find songs that will remind her of you and the family. Get creative!

Mother’s Day is about the special moms in your life. It doesn’t have to be about spending a lot of money. Go and make that mom feel loved and appreciated!