5 Mother's Day Activities That Won't Break the Bank

Date posted: May 5, 2017
Mother standing with daughter

Photo Credit: Brooke Cagle

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and with it comes the pressure to spend money on your mother to show her how much she means to you. But spending money you don’t have on Mother’s Day isn’t a great way to get ahead financially. Instead of splurging on breakfast out or an expensive bouquet of flowers, consider one of these five frugal Mother’s Day activities:

Cook Her Breakfast in Bed

If you ask many mothers what they would like on their big day – especially if they have small children – the answer is typically: sleep. So instead of getting her out of bed early for an expensive brunch in a restaurant packed with other families, consider letting her sleep in and cooking her breakfast in bed instead. The ingredients for a delicious breakfast in bed will be far less expensive than a meal out, but you’ll still earn brownie points for serving up a thoughtful meal.

Tour Local Yard Sales

As the weather warms up, homeowners start their annual spring cleaning binge. The result is a variety of yard sales almost every weekend, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a leisurely Mother’s Day weekend morning than wandering around the neighbourhood looking for deals. You may need to do this activity a day early since there probably won’t be many yard sales on actual Mother’s Day, so plan to complete this activity on Saturday, not Sunday.

Visit a Farmers’ Market

If used goods aren’t appealing, another great frugal Mother’s Day activity is visiting your local farmers’ market. With many local vendors, live music, and a bustling atmosphere, a farmers’ market can be a great place to spend a few hours catching up with Mom. While there is certainly plenty of expensive crafts and locally sourced goods to purchase at a farmers’ market, if you’ve got enough discipline you should be able to get through this outing while purchasing only an inexpensive snack or coffee.


The ultimate frugal summer activity, planning a picnic is an excellent way to spend quality family time with your mother without spending too much. Take your blanket, a book, and some refreshments and enjoy a few hours in the sun. This activity can be as small as just the two of you or as large as the entire extended family. Just make sure you pack enough food and drink for the outing. If you don’t, it’s possible that you end up hungry near the end or on the drive home, and that can be a trigger to splurge on takeout food.

Family Photo

I don’t know about you, but every time my sisters and I end up in the same room, my mother always tries to get us to pose for an updated family photo. We usually resist, which leads to her lamenting that we never take the time to get a good photo. That’s why this year the four of us are taking the time to pose for a good quality family photo, and that’s what we’re planning on giving our mother for Mother’s Day. Family photos are practically free but make a great sentimental gift for Mother’s Day.

If you want to get creative with your family photo, adopt the trend of recreating old family photos with your siblings. Make it a fun activity by asking your mother to take the picture, and then print out and frame a copy for her.

Mother’s Day is an important day, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be an expensive day. Try out some of these frugal activities this year to help keep the costs under control and more money in your wallet.

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