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Five Mother's Day gift ideas that don't cost a fortune

According to the National Retail Federation’s projections, the average American plans to spend over $152 on their mothers this year – 8% more than they did in 2011. It’s not that I don’t love my Mom, but I’m not planning to spend anywhere near that amount this year.

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According to the National Retail Federation’s projections, the average American plans to spend over $152 on their mother this year – eight percent more than they did in 2011. It’s not that I don’t love my Mom, but I’m not planning to spend anywhere near that amount this year.

Instead, we’ll do what we always do – try to find time to spend together. Whether it’s over coffee or a nice dinner, I know that time with me is what she wants most. You don’t need to spend $152 to make her happy on Mother’s Day. Instead, it’s the little things that make moms feel special. Here are just five of the many simple and frugal things you can do to celebrate your mother this year:

Homemade coupons – Get creative and put together a coupon book of favours (both big and small) you can do for your mom all year round. Allow her to redeem coupons for your help and time, whether it’s cleaning, gardening or just hanging out.

Your time – If your life is like mine, then time is your most precious commodity. Make sure you give some of it to your mom this Mother’s Day. Take her for a picnic or just go for a coffee. 

Make a scrapbook – Gather photos, mementoes, clippings and other pieces from your past and make them into a scrapbook gift for your mother. She’ll treasure it for years and it’ll cost you the price of a scrapbook, scissors and some glue.

Flowers and candy – These old Mother’s Day standards aren’t original, but they have their place. They’re nice treats your mom probably doesn’t buy for herself. And of course they don’t cost a fortune either.

Your best thoughts — Write down how much you love your Mum and how much you appreciate her. Share some of your best memories of her and put it in a card (if you make it yourself it will be that much more special).  

How do you plan to celebrate Mother’s Day this year? Will you spend a lot of money? 

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