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Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Frugal Mother’s Day to Remember | Family Economics

By Andrea

Mother's DayThinking back through the past 11 years of Mother's Day gifts, I get truly emotional. While my boys - with dad's help - have purchased some wonderful gifts for me, I can honestly say that the best gifts I have received are the ones their little hands made.

There are so many things our family has done through the years that have made my Mother's Day a day to remember and a day that doesn’t make me think about the credit card statement!

Here are a few of those special moments created by my family:

Breakfast in Bed: The kids can help out a parent and make you a yummy breakfast. It doesn't have to be anything fancy! It can even just be cereal with milk.

Clean the Car or House: Since we sometimes live in our car with our busy schedules, it can get very messy! Divide up the chores for the car so each child at each age level can participate. The younger kids can grab the mats from the car while the older kids vacuum out the inside. Everyone can help wash the outside. Give each child a responsibility so they feel involved. The same goes with the house; kids at all ages can contribute to helping mom enjoy a cleaner house!

Homemade Gifts: Who doesn't love homemade cards through the years? They are by far my favorite gift. They only take paper and crayons to create. I also love receiving coupons from my kids that I can redeem for extra chores.

Plant Something: This is the gift that keeps on giving. One year our boys planted an evergreen tree to celebrate Mother's Day. It was so fun to watch it grow throughout the years. Your family could even gift a potted plant or something that is transferrable in case you move.

What Mother's Day gifts have you given or received that were inexpensive and memorable?

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