7 ways to save on Mother's DayGreat ways to show mum you care and save money
01 April 2011
It's Mother's Day on Sunday and if you haven't already bought a present for your mum yet, here are seven money-saving suggestions which should make her day.
1 Best Mother's Day flowers
If you're looking a great value bouquet of flowers that will last a while rather than wilting in a vase, Which? has done the hard work and rated six online florists on criteria such as quality, condition, longevity, and similarity to photos on the website. To find the pick of the bunch, visit our Mother's Day flowers page.
2 Cashback on your mum's gifts
Cashback sites such as Quidco and Topcashback both offer money back on a range of Mother's Day gifts. At present Quidco are offering 4.5% cashback on a stylish Jasper Conran handbag from Debenhams as well as tickets for concerts and shows from Ticketmaster with 5% cashback. Topcashback currently has a 12% cashback deal on Thorntons chocolates. Check out our guide for more on cashback sites.
If mum can hang on until after Sunday, then you could save money buying her favourite perfume online. Check out sites such as CheapSmells.com, FragranceDirect.co.uk and StrawberryNET.com, which help you save money on big-name fragrances. It’s also well worth using a shopping comparison site such as PriceRunner.com to check the cost of your perfume before buying.
4 Cheap meals out
Many restaurants offer online promotional vouchers. Some such as Pizza Express regularly run 2-for-1 deals on main courses. Check newspapers for vouchers regularly, and make sure you visit websites such as Vouchercodes.co.uk, Hotukdeals.com and Myvouchercodes.co.uk to check for discounts and deals before you go out.
5 Last minute meals
Websites such as Toptable, Lastminute and 5pm.co.uk specialise in 2-for-1 deals, 50% off offers and promotions where wine may be included with your meal. You can search for the deals that are currently available in your area, then book a table at your chosen restaurant in advance. When you arrive at your dinner destination, you'll simply need to remind your server that you booked through a special deal online.
6 Bring your own bottle
There’s a raft of restaurants around the country that allow you to bring your own bottle (BYOB) to have with your meal, and going to one could save you a tidy sum. A typical bottle of house wine costs around £14, whereas you could pick up a decent one from a supermarket for around £5. See the Wine Pages directory for a list of BYOB restaurants. Some charge a corkage fee of around £1, so check before you go.
7 Give mum a break away
If mum's been a little stressed out of late, checkout what last-minute theatre, spa, hotel and experience deals are available. Websites such as Lastminute, LateRooms.com and CompareTheatreTickets.com could help you save money. Act sooner rather than later, though, if you’re looking to cut costs – or consider postponing your mum's treat until a week or two after the big day.
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