Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, but you know what holiday comes next that people tend to forget about? I mean Easter, yes, but nobody forgets that one. Okay then Arbor Day is next and nobody know what to do with that. But I was referring to Mother’s Day. So let’s be smart about it this year, let’s start thinking well in advance. I have some Ancestry.com coupon codes that are going to make it a snap.
Coupon Codes for Ancestry.com
It’s been a tough year for all of us, I don’t know about you but my gift-giving budget has been dramatically reduced from previous years. But, I wouldn’t be the Coupon Diva if I wasn’t great at bargain hunting, and I recently came across these Ancestry.com coupons. You could approach this two ways as a Mother’s Day gift. If you think that your mom would enjoy doing the research and looking into your family history then you can purchase her a gift membership. The Ancestry.com website allows you to do that, and as a bonus they typically have a sale around Mother’s Day.
On the other hand if you think that your mom would be interested in learning about the family tree but wouldn’t particularly enjoy the research process or maybe doesn’t have time for it then you could do it yourself and sign up for a membership with a promo code. If you want to get creative you could make an art project out of the family tree and then present it to her as her Mother’s Day gift. Maybe you could even get your siblings or a couple of other family members to help out.
I know we’ve all seen the “Why buy it at Walmart for $7.99 when I can make it myself for $93 worth of craft supplies?” meme, but when it comes to gifts for mom handmade can be a lot more special than a ‘Worlds Best Mom’ mug that you got at the dollar store. And you don’t have to spend a ton of cash either. Mugs are a great gift, and you can usually find a ‘decorate your own’ kit for less than $30. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a good artist, the fact that you put in the effort is more important than the finished product. If it makes reference to a special memory you two share or something fun you did together it will definitely put a smile on her face whenever she sees it.
If you’re really on a tight budget you probably at least have some paper and coloured pens or pencils lying around you could use to make a unique card. Also the above mentioned dollar store is a great place to get some cheap craft supplies. Don’t stress too much about it being ‘good’, focus more on making it specific to her. Even if she doesn’t appreciate you art skills, she will appreciate the effort.
Cook Her a Meal
This lady has been making sure you don’t starve for years and years, I can guarantee she would absolutely love for you to make her a meal for once. It doesn’t have to be fancy or anything, and it’s pretty tough to screw up spaghetti even if you’re not a regular chef. If you really don’t know how to make anything beyond instant noodles and frozen dinners then I would suggest getting some takeout from her favourite restaurant, and then looking up some Youtube videos on basic cooking skills because that is not a healthy diet.
Whether you cook or get something from a restaurant make it a special meal. Put the food on nice plates, put some music on, get a bottle of her favourite wine if she drinks it. You should also tidy the house up first, you can put in some extra effort for one night for the woman who gave you life.
Clean Out & Wash Her Car
This is another great idea that won’t cost you anything. May is usually warm and sunny in most places around the country so break out the hose and bucket and get to work detailing that car. Most of us in North America spend a fair amount of time driving places, especially if we live in the suburbs. It’s just more pleasant if you can spend that time in a clean and tidy vehicle.
If your mom doesn’t drive or already has an immaculate vehicle then you could take care of some other chores for her. Clean the house, mow the lawn, clean out the gutters, fix a leaky faucet for her, or any number of other tasks around the house. It doesn’t cost you a dime (unless you need some repair supplies) and she will appreciate you taking one more task off of her hands.
Be creative, it’s not about spending money!
The bottom line is you can come up with a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift, even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend. Use your noggin, use coupon codes, and you’ll be able to put a big smile on your moms face come Mother’s Day.