Spend time, not money this Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day


  1. a day of the year on which mothers are particularly honoured by their children. In North America and South Africa it is the second Sunday in May; in Britain it has become another term for Mothering Sunday

Since beginning my journey to thrifty super star it has made me think a lot more about not just the value of money but also about the value of time and occasions such as Mother’s Day.

My Grandma would go mad at us if we bought her a card on Mother’s Day (even though we did so every year) as she just saw it as a waste of money designed by the card companies to get you to spend your money. What she really wanted was for us all to spend some quality time with her not lots of fancy presents and cards.

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Now as I get older and I don’t see as much of my mum as I used to I decided to bring Grandma’s perception of such occasions back to life. This year instead of going out and grabbing presents and a Mother’s Day card I decided to think a bit more thoughtfully whilst remaining thrifty.

I’ve made a list of things that my mum could always use a hand with, or an IOU list if you will, but most importantly the list is designed to spend more time with her. Football tends to take over my weekends as a season ticket holder and it can often be used as an excuse to be too busy to do anything else. This is rubbish of course!

The list of  IOUs 

  • Mow the lawn
  • Clear the garage
  • Hoover the entire house
  • Clean the kitchen
  • Clean the bathroom
  • Clean the windows
  • Cook dinner

Now mum can cash these in whenever she likes. It hasn’t cost me anything financially but it will mean more to her than any box of chocolates ever could. 

Mother's Day

What are your thrifty Mother’s day plans? Please leave comments below I’d love to hear how you celebrated your Mother’s Day!

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David Naylor is the editor of the Thinking Thrifty blog. He is a frugal, nifty thrifty money saver. He is also a contributor to Clear Debt, ICOUNT Money and M1 Debt Advice blogs offering financial tips and advice.
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