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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Mother's Day: Thought not only counts, it saves $$

Mothersday Ah, Mother's Day. The one day we remember to thank the woman who loves us unconditionally, no matter how many pain in the butt things we do. But like any Hallmark holiday, the thought can get lost in the rush to consumerism.

Don't be cheap about Mother's Day. Just smart.

Mom deserves to be honored well. But shelling out $50-plus for a palm-sized bouquet doesn't do her -- or your pocketbook -- justice. So here are a few ideas for getting the most bang out of your buck. After all, isn't that what Mom raised you to do?

DIY flowers: Buy a dozen loose roses, or two, or three, from a quality florist. They run about $10-$12 per dozen. Then arrange yourself in a simple vase from Michael's, which looks just as nice as what the pros use. Feeling crafty? Look for a unique flower container, like an antique tea kettle from a thrift store, or a decorative watering can from Home Depot or Lowe's.

Homemade sweets: Try making your own box, or bag, or chocolates. Check out these recipes from Cooking Light for mint-chocolate truffles and other gifts from the kitchen. You can find pretty bags and boxes at craft stores. Another idea:Buy fresh strawberries at the grocery store and a Hershey's bar. Finely shave off some chocolate into a microwavable bowl. Drip a tiny bit of water on top. Melt (15-30 seconds on high should do it) and drizzle on top of the strawberries, arranged all pretty on a platter. Chill in the fridge and deliver to Mom, with the platter as your gift. She'll appreciate the healthy treat.

Jewelry: No woman ever has enough. But I just can't seem to channel an inner Martha Stewart when it comes to more complicated crafts projects. So I bargain shop. You can buy a surprising amount of fine jewelry cheaper than you can make. I've been impressed by the prices I'm seeing in Macy's jewelry ads on gold earrings and even some diamond gifts. Look for a coupon in the daily paper before you shop.

Above all: Be on good behavior with your siblings. And don't forget to tell Mom you love her!

~ Deal Diva Letitia

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:16pm]


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