Your Money: Inexpensive Mother's Day Gifts

RALEIGH If you can believe it, many people might try to break the bank for Mother's Day. The National Retail Federation predicts Americans will spend $123 on gifts this year -- just for Mother's Day. So, no need to start searching for spare change, we found great gifts for $25 or less.

Our first stop is a hot spot known for gourmet bargains Trader Joes in Cary. They have cake, wine, flowers and more, all for $25 or less. They can even pull together a Mother's Day brunch for four people. You get a whole basket with eggs, chicken sausages, chocolate scones, along with a Mother's Day card for just $19.72, plus tax.

If you want to keep the budget even tighter, you could even throw together a pamper package for mom. It's easy to do a spa on a budget and the good news is it lasts for more than a day. One example is you can get four items like shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soap all for $13.66 plus tax. If that's not enough, you could toss in the perfect gift to go which are flowers for $12.99. For more information on Trader Joe's, visit their Website at

If you want to make a homemade creation for mom on her special day, try putting paint to pottery at Klaystation in Raleigh. They have lots of gifts that say 'Mom I love you' for under $25. It's also a great way to get the kids involved. They have handprint plates, which is a keepsake mom will treasure forever and it costs less than $20. You can even create kitchen gadgets, travel mugs and picture frames. If you like the pottery idea, do it this weekend. The pottery needs to be glazed and that takes a week. For more information on Klaystation, just visit their Website at

You can also create something special by just bringing a memory card into Wolf Camera at Cameron Village. One of the most popular gifts at Wolf Camera for mom is the photo books. You not only put in pictures, but you can write a story to go along with your pictures instead of just taking pictures and sticking them in an album. One picture book with up to 60 photos will run you just under $20. You can also make notepads for $9.99 or calendars for under twenty five bucks. Technicians at Wolf Camera can help you design any item. Once you pick a final product, they can have it ready in just one hour. For more information on Wolf Camera's Mother's Day gifts, visit their Website at

For more money saving tips like where to find triple coupons this week, check out Troubleshooter Diane Wilson's blog.

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