Just a heads up in case any of you have totally blanked out-This Sunday is Mother’s Day. So… yeah. You’ve got a two day heads up. Anndddd you’re welcome.
Now, don’t you dare go rushing to your nearest store to buy the latest and greatest trinket for the special lady in your life. [Random thought: What is it with women and trinkets?! I mean, I get the whole- decorate your house and create a safe space- deal, but really, who needs a collection of angels or Precious Moment figurines? If you have any insight into this phenomenon, please share with us as the CCC is thoroughly perplexed.]
Instead, consider a USEFUL gift. We are giving homemade dish washing detergent this year as a mother’s day gift. It is a useful and cute gift when put in a mason jar with ribbon and a name tag. Take a tip from our friend Pretired Nick and make your cards for Mother’s Day. When I am a mother YEARS from now, I will require that all cards and gifts are either homemade or thrifted, and they MUST BE useful.
Observing the women in my life, I have to be grateful for the solid line of thrifty ladies that I come from. My two grandma’s and my mother could all impress you with the different ways they could spend a penny- and generally they chose to save it. Just for some fun I will tell a fun and thrifty mini story on each of them.
Mama: My Mama LOVES the Walgreen’s ads. Just check under her counter and you’ll see tons of makeup, hair, and hygiene products that she got for free using rebates and coupons.
Maternal Grandma: I remember going to a theme park (one of the few ones that has decent food, but of course for an outrageous price) with her and my Granddad. We walked past all the food stalls and restaurants with tasty fried food and headed straight toward the…hotdog stand. She had scouted out the cheapest lunch choice available, and I had no choice in the matter. We were at the theme park to have fun, not blow our money on expensive food!
Paternal Grandma: When my brother and I were little, she would give us “water bottles” that were really empty and washed mustard and ketchup bottles filled with water. You better believe we got some strange looks. It looked like we were drinking straight condiments!
So, in honor of these thrifty ladies, I will let you in on a few tips I learned from them over the years.
HOW TO SAVE LIKE YOUR MOTHER:
- Don’t ever buy Lunchables for your kids (or for yourself…duh).- For the price of 1 Lunchable you could eat lunch for 2 days.
- If you don’t have a coupon, then don’t go out to eat.– Mom can make something tastier at home for half the cost. Healthier too!
- Don’t forget to sign up for free birthday offers and Kids Eat Free nights at your local restaurants.- My most vivid memory is getting the children’s meal at Bob Evans for free for my birthday, and still being hungry when we left. (Don’t worry. Mama fed me a snack at home.)
- Pizza night is for making pizza, not ordering it from Dominos.- My mom used to let us make stuffed crust and we would try to make funny faces with pepperoni and cheese. Memories and pizza for half the price of delivery.
- The clearance rack is your friend.- My mom never pay full price for a shirt on one rack, when the next rack over is marked 75% off!
- Getting hand-me-downs is just as fun as shopping.- I remember my mom bringing home bags of hand-me-downs from my next door neighbor who was a few years older than me. It was always the highlight of my day month.
- Watching home videos is way more fun that going to the movies.– My brother and I used to beg my mom to watch funny home videos. We were (ok still are) obsessed with seeing a miniature version of ourselves.
- If you have stockings at Christmas or baskets at Easter, fill them with dollar store items.- There are treasures to be found at the Dollar store! My best memory is getting a dollar store squirt gun for Easter from Maternal Grandma and having a water fight with all my cousins after lunch.
- Carpooling is awesome.- Save time and money by agreeing to carpool with a few neighbors. My mom and her 2 friends had a pretty sweet gig going. Plus, your kids love the extra time with their friends!
- Utilize the library and other free activities in your area.- My mom used to take us to the library and let us read and play educational computer games for hours. The library has tons of fun stuff to do with kids, and your town should have a lot of free programs and events for families.
Now, go give your Mama a great big hug and tell her how much she means to you. To be loved and appreciated is what all moms want anyway.
Do you have a frugal mom? What are some ways you learned to save like your mother?