Valdosta Daily Times

May 4, 2014

Brittany's Budget Diary

Alert! We’re one week out from Mother’s Day!

Brittany D. McClure
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Mother’s Day is officially one week away, which means you need to kick it into gear and get your mama the perfect gift to thank her for putting up with all of your crap through the years. So, while being heavily medicated and delusional from a bout of strep throat, here are five gifts that that will make your ol’ mom bust into tears without busting your budget.

• A picture is worth a thousand words, and it will only cost you a couple of bucks! Framed pictures are my favorite gift to give and receive, because they are so simple and sentimental. If you are older and have siblings, get in your Sunday best and take a current photo with your brother(s) and/or sister(s). My brother lives in New York, so we don’t get to spend that much time together as a family.

So my mom is always really appreciative of capturing us in the same picture together. Also, a funny trend that makes a great gift is to get a frame that holds two pictures. Find an old picture of you with your siblings or your dad, and recreate the picture today as best you can. This will pull at your mom’s heartstrings, and get her laughing.


• I love Groupon, and if you go to, you will see that they have a Mother’s Day tab this year. You can get great discounts on tons of gifts from spa treatments to gourmet strawberries. They even have 50 percent off flowers from where you can get a $40 bouquet for just $20.


• If your mom is about experiences over possessions, then take her on a day beach trip. Be sure to pack some strawberries and some mini Barefoot wine bottles (it’s the cheapest wine and tastes the best). You can feel like luxury on the beach for under $20.


• Another gift I really like to give is what I call “a few of my favorite things.” Get a cute gift bag and fill it with a few of your mom’s favorite little things. For example, my mom’s favorite things bag would contain nail polish, socks, Hot Tamales, hand lotion, something with a bird on it, and a bouquet of daisies. Get the point?


• If you really want to make your mom happy, try walking in her shoes for a day. On the morning of Mother’s Day, go to her house and cook breakfast, clean the dishes, clean the house, do her laundry, prepare lunch, cook dinner, and whatever Superwoman-like things she does every day. If your mom is anything like my mom, she would definitely enjoy doing nothing for just one day.

That’s all I have for you this week, budgeteers. Don’t forget to like me on Facebook at, and follow me on Twitter @BDenneyMcClure.