Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, deals to save cash, celebrate

WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — Mother’s Day weekend is upon us as families find ways to honor their moms and mother figures – and many opportunities to save cash exist despite the time crunch.

Most American families plan to celebrate and will spend hundreds of dollars according to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation. (NRF)

The NRF says total spending could top $33 billion this year, and people will spend $250 on average.

Top gift categories this year are flowers, cards, special outings, jewelry and electronics, the survey said.

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“It doesn’t have to be flowers and gifts,” said Danielle Hadeed de Silva, a psychologist at Purdue University, in an interview with the Associated Press.

“Maybe it’s not financially possible for your loved ones to give you a spa certificate or even for your partner to cook you a meal,” Hadeed said on managing expectations for gifts, adding, “A handwritten letter is a simple and inexpensive way to honor mom. Maybe help with the chores that day–an opportunity to maybe sleep in for a change”

Last-minute finds in stores and overnight shipping may be the best bet to ensure the day is celebrated on time, but some won’t cost a dime to share a message of gratitude.

Loved ones considering a Sunday morning breakfast or brunch should price check to save on groceries — a carton of 12 brown eggs and a 12-ounce pack of bacon was priced the lowest at Walmart Friday, according to prices published online between them, Giant and Safeway — popular DMV-area supermarkets.

If opting for flowers, consider a self-made arrangement – if you’re visiting Mom in person, this will likely be cheaper and will avoid the risk of florists being unable to fill order in time.

Online demand for gifts was apparent Friday, as Amazon’s search bar was full of trending search options related to the holiday.

Amazon Prime will get you faster and free delivery. If you’re not subscribed, consider opting for same-day, one-day or two day shipping–but be sure to identify the fee you may face for swift delivery.

Local businesses are also offering Mother’s Day deals, as are restaurant chains for discounts on orders.

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