What Mom Really Wants For Mother’s Day (And How to Save $$ On It)

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With Mother’s Day just days away, many of you are stressing about what to get your mom.  Does she want a new scarf, flowers, jewelry? And how much should you spend?

A survey released today by coupon site RetailMeNot found that 42% of people plan to spend up to $40 on a gift for mom, 22% between $41 and $60, and 23% plan to spend $61 or more. But don’t worry, it’s not about how much you spend, it’s about showing your love — though she won’t complain about getting the perfect gift!

Here are the top four things that moms want most this Mother’s Day, and how you can save money buying them.

18% of moms want a spa day
About one in five moms want to get their “ahh” on this Mother’s Day. To save money on a spa gift card or treatment for your mom, check out SpaFinder, which lists online spa deals around the globe, says Trae Bodge, a senior editor for RetailMeNot. Plus, consider creating an at-home spa day for mom by running her a nice bubble bath with candles and giving her a foot rub or backrub, she adds.

18% of moms want flowers
Whatever her favorite blossoms are, almost one in five moms wants flowers on Mother’s Day.  For the kids, that can be pricey as fancy bouquets can easily cost upwards of $80.  “Flowers can get more expensive around big gift-giving holidays,” says Bodge. To save on flowers, check out the blog we did for Valentine’s Day flower savings — those tips apply just as well to Mother’s Day flowers!

15% of moms want a gift card
If mom loves to shop, a gift card from her favorite store may be her preference this Mother’s Day.  Look on sites like PlasticJungle.com and GiftCardGranny.com, which sell discounted gift cards, to save money.  For example, right now on GiftCardGranny.com, you can buy a gift card to retailer Coldwater Creek worth $100 for just $80.  That’s a 20% savings!

15% of moms want jewelry
Though jewelry can be pricey, you needn’t spend a ton to get something nice.  You can find deals on sites that people think of as pricey like Blue Nile — you can search on the site by the price range you’re comfortable with to find something nice, says Bodge.  She also likes the site Red Envelope.

Bottom line:  No matter what you buy mom, use price comparison tools like NextTag.com and PriceGrabber.com — or if you’re in store, a price comparison app like RedLaser — and look for coupons before you purchase, says Bodge.




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