It’s hard to believe that Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Where has this year gone? School is almost out, and it’s already hot outside!

It seems like holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s day end up being ones that we don’t plan for, or that cost us more than we think. But, as a mom, I can honestly say that the best Mother’s day gifts are the gifts from the heart. My kids are still young, but my husband doesn’t have them buy me a Mother’s day gift, or take me out for lunch. Instead, they make cards for me, and usually do some type of craft. Some years my husband has purchased inexpensive craft supplies and they’ll make something that will last (such as a clay heart that says “mom” on it, or a little box they painted and glued their picture on).  

I realize not everyone has time to make a nice gift, but I think you’d be surprised what you can come up with. What about making “gift certificates” to do something at a later date with your mom. Maybe you could clean her house, mow her yard, plant her some flowers, etc. Or perhaps you could make her a nice lunch or dinner and just let her relax. I know a great gift for me would be for my family to clean the house! You shouldn’t allow Mother’s Day (or Father’s Day) to create financial stress.

Also, check out your local dollar store for a card. I buy almost all of my cards throughout the year at a dollar store, unless it’s a card we make.  Often they are even less than a dollar.  I never buy cards for children’s birthday parties. I have my kids make the cards for their friend’s birthdays. They love putting their own personal touches on the card.

If you have a little more time and enjoy being a little more creative, why not try some of the gifts in a jar?  I found some recipes you may want to check out.

Homemade Bath Salts 

Dry Rubs 

Various Goodies

Homemade Candles and Soaps

 

 

I hope that gives you some ideas on how to avoid the financial pitfalls that often come with Mother’s Day! Don’t get me wrong…there’s nothing wrong with giving Mom gifts. But, if finances are tight, I’m sure Mom understands if you can’t manage it.

 

Now for some other good stuff!

 

 All You Magazine March 2012 Coupon List – Debbie Does Coupons has been kind enough to provide a list of coupons that are in Walmart’s All You Magazine for May.  You can check it out here  to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for $2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for $1.66 per issue here.  However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has fewer coupons than the newsstand version.

Walmart Deals – If you’re a Walmart shopper, I highly recommend checking out  Iheartthemart.com for the best deals.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.

 

 

Now, on to the deals this week!

 

Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

 

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

 

Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

 

Many thanks to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

 

 

For Publix “super deals” list for 5/3-5/9/2012, please click here.

 

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 5/3-5/9/2012, please click here.

 

 

Renita's Favorite Money-Saving Sites

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/

http://www.specials.publix.com

http://www.iheartpublix.com

http://www.iheartwags.com

http://www.iheartcvs.com

http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com

http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com

http://www.southernsavers.com

http://frugalityisfree.com

http://getadealdude.com

http://claimsqueen.com/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com

http://www.iheartthemart.com

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Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com.

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