Shopping Last-Minute for Mom? Here Are 10 Ways to Still Stay on Budget

We've got your budget — and your status as Mom's favorite — covered.

Forgetting to pick up something for Mother’s Day can really cost you — and we’re not talking about the hot water it could land you in with Mom. Express shipping or rush flower delivery isn’t exactly cheap and hitting up the closest retailer before you hightail it to that fancy restaurant is a surefire way to overpay. That’s not so say spending beaucoup bucks on Mom is a bad thing, but we’re pretty sure she wouldn’t want you busting your budget for the big day — especially because some upcharges can be avoided.

Here are 10 ways progeny tardy to the party (and on a tight budget) can avoid overspending this Mother’s Day.

1. Skip Delivery …

Because it’s going to significantly up the amount of money you’re throwing down for Mom. Overnight shipping can easily cost $20 or more, so consider in-store pickup.

That goes for flowers, too. Most florists up the delivery charge on (and the closer you get to) prime petal days, so to avoid an upcharge, pick up an arrangement at your local grocer and deliver it to Mom yourself. (Pro tip to bank for next year: If you want to avoid paying uber-dollars for flower delivery, arrange for Mom’s bouquet to arrive early. It’ll be a nice surprise and save you a chunk of change.)

2. … Unless You’ve Got Amazon Prime

The online retail giant is currently offering free same-day and one-day shipping to prime members in over 5,000 cities and towns with qualifying orders over $35. You can check the website for full details (and to see if your city’s on the list.)

3. Shop Your Credit Card Issuer …

Issuer reward portals are known for offering bonus points, miles or cash back on seasonal purchases from their partners. We’re talking 5% back at popular brands and, better yet. 15% back on flower delivery. If you’re lucky, you’ll even find a coupon code or discount to pair with the bonus rewards you’ll ultimately receive.

Just don’t let the lure of all those rewards lead you to overspend. That’ll defeat the purpose. Plus, high credit card balances can skew your credit score. You can see where you currently stand by looking up two free scores on Credit.com.

4. … Or Use Your Rewards

If you can’t avoid going over budget, consider using credit card rewards to fund Mom’s gift. You can redeem points or cash back for a statement credit, so long as your program permits. Or trade those rewards in for a gift card Mom’ll love. Some issuers will even let you use rewards to pay for purchases directly on partner sites, like Amazon (more on the most flexible rewards credit cards here).

5. Look for Discount Gift Card Deals

Sites like Gift Card Granny and Cardpool resell gift cards at discounted rates and their offerings are pretty expansive. So whether you’re looking to give Mom a gift card or save on the night out, these marketplaces could be worth checking out.

6. Cook

Because you’re probably going to have a hard time getting a reservation at this point anyway. Make mom’s favorite food — or, if she has expensive tastes, keep it simple. We’ve got some suggestions here that’ll help you keep a holiday meal to $5 per person.

If you are committed to taking mom out, you can still find ways to save. There are some brunch alternatives that will spare you from breaking the bank — and you can also use a restaurant rewards credit card to at least get some kickbacks on a fancy meal.

7. Find Some Freebies

They’re certainly out there. From a complimentary mimosa during brunch at a DoubleTree to a gratis red velvet cake donut and small coffee at LaMar’s to a free entree with drink purchase from Hooters (yes, you read that right), plenty of places are willing to give mom a treat. Search online for deals near you. (Remember, terms apply.)

8. Hit Up the Dollar Store

You can usually find a large selection of greeting cards, wrapping paper, tags and ribbons for 99-cents or less.

9. Get Crafty

It’s the thought that counts so skip the luxury retailer and put in a little elbow grease. There are plenty of DIY Mother’s Day projects floating around Pinterest and, if you’ve got two left thumbs, check out some video tutorials on YouTube.

10. Work Your Lateness

Certain things, like flower or food delivery, are going to cost extra when you’re up against the wire, but there’s still a chance your last-minute shopping spree could pay off. Retailers with excess inventory might be inclined to offer discounts, especially on holiday-branded items. Scope out clearance sections and search online for last-minute Mother’s Day deals.

Pro tip: If you find an online-only deal, skirt high shipping fees and/or a mom-tastrophe by sending the item directly to mom’s house. Next, print out a picture of your gift and tucking that image into the greeting card you picked up at the dollar store. That way, Mom will know it’s on the way.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Note: It’s important to remember that prices for products and services frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms cited in this article may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with the company directly.

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5 Mother’s Day Brunch Alternatives That Won’t Break the Bank

Brunch is so overrated. Why not take Mom on a movie date or cook her a meal she's sure to remember?

Mother’s Day brunch is so overdone. Why not treat your mom to something more memorable and less expensive? Your wallet will thank you, and so will she. Here are five out-of-the-ordinary Mother’s Day ideas, guaranteed to delight both of you.

1. Catch a Flick

Sometimes it’s nice to relax in the dark of the theater without saying anything at all. Let her pick the film — you treat her to tickets, concessions, the works. Bonus points if you hit one of those indie theaters like Alamo Drafthouse that show older movies and serve food and drinks.

2. Have a ‘Cuppa’

Who needs mimosas when you have English tea? Visit a fancy tea house and order a pot — and some scones, you can never forget the scones — and you’re set. (Don’t forget the side of raspberry jam.)

3. Hit the Road

Take Mom on a little road trip outside the city, perhaps to a town she’s never been. You’ll have fun exploring the local attractions and make memories along the way.

4. Picnic in the Park 

Grab your wicker picnic basket and head to the local farmer’s market to stock up on fruits, cheese, crackers and vino — whatever her heart desires. She picks, you pay. Encourage her to bring a book or newspaper, then bask under the sun, letting the hours roll by.

5. Serve a Home-Cooked Meal  

Cooking a meal for someone is the ultimate act of love, so spend a little time this weekend making mom her favorite dish. Serve it to her in a way that feels special, by which we mean: Use the nice dishes. Go all out, and have fun while you’re at it. Be sure to sure to save a plate for yourself.

Don’t Break the Bank This Mother’s Day 

Sticking to a budget this weekend? Don’t panic. There are plenty of ways to save on your Mother’s Day outing. Keep an eye out for online promotions and deals, and set aside some cash so you’re prepared. Rewards credit cards are another helpful option, as they reward you for everyday spending (just remember to swipe wisely so you don’t lose rewards to high interest). You can check out this list of the best rewards cards on the market right now.

If you’ve done all of the above but are still concerned about your finances, especially your credit, you should see where you stand. You can view two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.

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Spoil Mom, Not Your Budget, With Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50

Mother's Day can be expensive. It's worth spending on mom, but she'd be the first to tell you not to blow your budget on a Mother's Day gift.

Thinking of ideas for Mother’s Day gifts can be stressful. Our mothers, grandmothers and aunts play such important roles in our lives and we want our gift to reflect how grateful we are. But there’s no need to go overboard – after all, the moms in our lives wouldn’t want us to overspend. We found 16 Mother’s Day gift ideas less than $50 that will warm their hearts and please your wallet. Some make great Mother’s Day gift basket ideas, too.

$50 & Under

Beauty Infusion Quinoa & Avocado for Hydrating
$49 at SkinAuthority.com
Beauty Infusion Quinoa & Avocado for Hydrating will resolve skin care woes in no time. The serum contains quinoa protein and avocado oil to intensely nourish the skin. She will love this beauty treat. (If you really want to treat mom and money’s no object, book her for one of these ridiculously expensive hotel spa treatments.)

Windowbox Medium Fishbowl Terrarium with Red, Pink, & White Forever Flowers
$43.98 at Windowbox
Perfect for the mom who may not have a way with plants, this glass terrarium contains colorful, mini “forever” flowers and greenery that don’t require sunlight or even water. This cheerful gift will always remind her of you.

RestoPresto
$39.99 at RestoPresto.com
For the mom who likes to be prepared for anything, the Resto Presto is a convenient, 55-by-31-inch water-resistant mat for sitting on the grass, on the beach or on a park bench after a rain shower. It can even be worn as a shawl. Folds into a tiny pouch when not in use, so she can carry it everywhere. Available in eight colors and includes mini stakes for securing the corners and a carabiner.

Touchstone Birthstone Collection Necklace & Earrings
$39 each at TouchstoneCrystal.com
Available in every birthstone, these pretty Ceralun pavé baubles add a sweet touch of sparkle. The necklace comes on a delicate rhodium plated chain, and the earrings have titanium posts. She will be touched you remembered both Mother’s Day and her birthday.

$30 & Under

Mind Fuel Nest ‘Because I Said So’ Tunic Tee
$24.99 at MindFuelNest.com
She’s in charge. This super soft tee, available in pink or white, is flattering and roomy and has stylish slits on the sides. 95% rayon and 5% spandex, in sizes small through large.

Armitron White & Rose Gold Women’s Digital Wrist Watch
$30 at Armitron.com
This sporty and sophisticated watch with white soft touch resin and rose gold-tone stainless steel accents will take her from the gym to brunch, and ensure she’s on time. Features include two time zones and water resistance up to 330 feet.

Photo Playing Cards
Price: $24.99 at CVS
She’s probably received her share of personalized gifts, but never a deck of cards. Photo cards from CVS are a gift that will remind her of you when she uses them. One photo of your choice appears on all cards, which come packaged in a clear, plastic storage case. Available in seven to 11 days with free shipping to a CVS store. (Check out these 18 ways to save at CVS.)

Godiva Chocolate Flower Gift Box
$25 at Godiva.com
Who can resist scrumptious chocolates in a flower-shaped box with butterflies? The pretty box is filled to the brim with individually wrapped truffles in mouthwatering flavors: dark chocolate lava, milk strawberry cheesecake and crème brulee. The best part is, the box is so pretty that it requires no wrapping.

She’s Her Own CEO Bistro Apron
$30 at KathrynStyleBoutique.com
Show everyone who is boss with this cute apron from Kathryn Style Boutique. This flattering, black apron is so comfortable, it’s sure to become her go-to when she’s cooking.

KN Karen Neuburger Live Love Lounge Tunic
$22.19 to $26.98 at Bon Ton
She works hard so she deserves comfy lounge wear. This tunic from KN Karen Neuberger is made from soft and forgiving fabric that feels great for relaxing or sleeping. It even has pockets. She may never take it off.

$20 & Under

Minx NY BeachTech High Performance Towel
$19.99 at MinxNY.com
If she’s a beach bunny, this will quickly become her favorite towel. It is soft and comfortable to lie on, and the anti-bacterial microfiber fabric will dry her off three times more quickly than a standard beach towel. When she’s heading to and from her destination, it folds up very small with its own strap. Available in four colors.

Smashmallow
$4 per bag at Smashmallow.com
If mom is always on the hunt for a new sweet treat, spoil her with some all-natural Smashmallow gourmet marshmallows. Available in delicious flavors like Meyer lemon chia seed, cinnamon churro and strawberries and cream, it’ll be tough to pick a favorite. A great addition to a Mother’s Day gift basket.

The Meaning of Michelle
$10.74 at Amazon
If you know a mom who is missing Michelle Obama, this compilation of essays from 16 accomplished writers is the perfect gift. It’s funny, smart and touching, and tied up in a tidy bow by rock star editor and writer, Veronica Chambers.

Golden Door Wildflower Honey
$18 for 12 ounces at GoldenDoor.com
Even the mom who has everything can use a jar of tasty honey. Extracted from hives on the grounds of the Golden Door resort in San Marcos, California, your purchase of this delicious honey also allows you to give back. All profits are donated to causes that aid at-risk children.

Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner
$9.99 at ContainerStore.com
No one likes to scrub a microwave, so this Angry Mama will give her a chuckle but also make cleaning her microwave a breeze. Remove “Mama’s” head, pour in some water and vinegar and heat. The steam will allow all dirt and grime to be easily wiped away.

Minted Notebooks
$16 and up at www.everymothercounts.org
If she still loves to write by hand instead of putting everything in her smartphone, Minted offers beautiful notebooks in many colors and patterns. Choose everything from how the pages are printed – from addresses to blank – to the kind of binding she’d like. And best of all, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Christy Turlington Burns’ non-profit Every Mother Counts.

As you’re shopping for mom, make sure you’re also avoiding these common Mother’s Day scams. If you think you’ve been had, you can check two of your credit scores on Credit.com for any signs of trouble, like accounts you don’t recognize or a sudden drop in scores.

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4 Mother’s Day Scams You Want to Avoid

While it sure feels like there are more scams out there than mothers, it only takes one who “has your number” (or email) to ruin Mother’s Day.

Did you know that with the exception of Christmas, people spend more money on Mother’s Day than any other holiday? The forecast for 2017 is $23.6 billion, and if you think scammers aren’t on the job, there’s a new marshmallow bridge spanning Loon Lake I’d to sell you a piece of.

In order, the most-gifted recipients of Mother’s Day sentimental swag are mothers and stepmothers, then wives, daughters, sisters or stepsisters, grandmothers, godmothers, and, for the overzealous beyond that familial range — friends.

Here are four scams you’ll want to avoid while you’re shopping.

1. Greeting Cards

These days, paper greeting cards cost anywhere from 50 cents to $8, but the average cost of a festive snail-mail missive is between $4 and $5. This explains the huge uptick in e-cards’ popularity. They are more environmentally friendly and cost nothing. Sounds like a win-win, right? Not exactly. This method of transmitting heartfelt sentiment — as with all new technology — has the potential to create a massive headache for the mothers in your life who have something coming to them.

Specifically, the problem with e-cards is that they open the door to fake e-cards. Most people on social media accept friend requests from strangers, and once those strangers are welcomed into the fold, they are allowed as friends to see friends of their new friends. They can figure out who among your relatives has kids, and send them a fake e-card in your name — one carrying malware that can steal the recipient’s identity or wreak havoc in cyberspace. One click can install a keystroke logger that turns any electronic device into a transmitter of login information (endangering every account, especially finances), rope devices into botnets that distribute spam or launch distributed denial of service attacks on major websites.

Remember the rule: Never trust, always verify. Ask the person who sent you the e-card, in a separate email, if they sent a card. Don’t click through without a response, because there is no way to know the URL and determine if it’s legitimate.

If you’ve fallen for this, be sure to check your credit for signs of mischief. You can view two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com. And, if you need to up your digital savvy, here are four tips for internet safety.

2. Fake Flowers

Nothing brightens a mother’s day more than a beautiful bouquet. If you are ordering online, make sure the URL matches the shop’s website if you clicked through from anything other than your own search results. Call the shop to make sure they are the real deal.

Another favorite ruse dating back some time: Selling fake coupons from stores that promise monthly or weekly flower delivery. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, most likely it is. Either work with a florist you know or find one near the recipient and conduct business with them directly.

3. More Fake Coupons

Fake coupons for saving are making the rounds again this year, most recently on Facebook, where people have been tempted by a $50 coupon redeemable at Lowe’s Home Improvement. If you click through, you’ll be asked to take a survey that solicits personal information and to post the offer on your Facebook timeline. Needless to say, the coupon is worthless.

“These coupons are not offers extended by Lowe’s,” the company wrote in response to customer questions on its Facebook page. “It is a scam and Lowe’s is unable to honor the coupon.”

Likewise, you should avoid a similar $75 coupon for Bed Bath & Beyond also making the rounds on social media. It’s a classic phishing scheme. When victims click on the link, they land on a fraudulent site that looks like the real thing, where consumers are prompted to enter sensitive personal information as well as their credit card number.

Bed Bath & Beyond similarly warned consumers that the coupons were fraudulent.

“We are sorry for any confusion and disappointment this fake coupon has caused,” it wrote on its Facemaiebook page. “We are partnering with Facebook to have these coupons removed. Thank you for your understanding!”

Facebook did not immediately respond to request to comment.

Caution should be used when it comes to any coupons, be they for a restaurant, an all-inclusive spa day or an in-home massage. It’s always best to call a favorite spot and make arrangements. There are plenty of crooks out there willing to represent those places to steal your personal or payment information.

4. Gift Cards



A whopping $46 billion was spent on gift cards last year, and numbers like that always attract scam artists. How it works: The scammer goes to the in-store sales rack and writes down the numbers on gift cards. They then call the customer service departments identified on the back of the cards to see if (and when) they have been activated. Like tax-related fraud, this scam succeeds or fails depending on how fast a transaction occurs, so if you get a gift card, it’s always best to use it as soon as you can. Otherwise, you may find it’s already been cashed in.

Finally, beware of third-party sites selling discounted gift cards. While some gift card resale sites are legitimate and offer buyer protections, not all do and open marketplaces that don’t specialize in this type of sale can be particularly susceptible to fraudsters. That’s why I recommend always going to the official financial service or retailer’s website to purchase gift cards.

While it sure feels like there are more scams out there than mothers, it only takes one who “has your number” (or email) to turn Mother’s Day into a real mutha, so be careful.

This story is an Op/Ed contribution to Credit.com and does not necessarily represent the views of the company or its partners.

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Gifts for Mother’s Day 2017 That Cost Less Than $100

We know, you would buy your mom the world if you could. But you're on a budget, so try our affordable Mother's Day gift guide.

If you could, you would take mom on a world cruise to thank her for everything she’s done for you. Taking her globetrotting might be out of the budget, but it doesn’t mean you can’t give her something she’ll love, use and cherish.

These 20 gifts are guaranteed to delight, and they’re all $100 or less. Some are even less than $20.

Kamik Jennifer Rain Boots

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Photo Courtesy of Kamik

$64.99 at Kamik.com
If she’s not one for jumping in puddles, that’ll change once she steps into these cute boots. She’ll love the comfort and the classic style, and they’re available in five colors.

Terrace Jewelry Organizer by Umbra

Photo Courtesy of The Container Store

Photo Courtesy of The Container Store

$29.99 at ContainerStore.com
Mom has collected lots of baubles and bangles over the years and they’re all in a tangle. This three-tier lined wooden box offers a smart storage solution for her earrings, rings, necklaces and even her reading glasses. Drawers can slide out for display or remain neatly stacked. (If you or your mom have a jewelry habit, here’s what you need to know about the Kay Jewelers credit card. Just be careful not to apply if you don’t think you’ll qualify. You can check your free credit scores on Credit.com.)

Grow Oya

Photo Courtesy of Grow Oya

Photo Courtesy of Grow Oya

$24.95 and up at growoya.com
This clever clay receptacle waters thirsty plants with minimal effort. The Oya is buried in the garden for spring and summer and periodically filled with water. The plants in the vicinity draw the water they need. Because there is less surface watering, weeds are less likely to germinate. Available in three sizes. Wondering what to plant? You can grow these five groceries in your garden.

Tea Forte Rejuvenation Gift Set

Photo Courtesy of Tea Forte

Photo Courtesy of Tea Forte

$55 at TeaForte.com
If she needs a little “me” time, this gorgeous set will provide just that. In a beautiful gift box, she’ll find 10 green tea infusers, an 8-ounce porcelain cup and a tea tray, perfect for a peaceful and delicious afternoon tea. Is coffee more mom’s taste? These four credit cards are great for coffee lovers.

The Stylestring Classic String Collection

Photo Courtesy of The Stylestring

Photo Courtesy of The Stylestring

Price: $68 at TheStylestring.com
If mom has (or needs) a little edge, a Stylestring is the ideal accessory. Available in four colors, this versatile, vegan leather strand can be worn seven ways, including as a belt, bracelet and headband. She’ll love mixing it up every day.

Planted in Beauty Starter Kit

Well Within Planted in Beauty kit

$25 at WellWithinBeauty.com
Treat your mom to healthy skin with this set of six organic skin care products that are chemical- and toxin-free. These skincare products are packed with the highest quality plant-based ingredients, which encourage collagen production and protect her skin from environmental stressors.

Reversible Tote Purse

Photo Courtesy of Walmart

Photo Courtesy of Walmart

$9.36 at Walmart
The roomy tote will take her from the gym to brunch to the farmer’s market. It’s reversible so she can wear each color as the mood strikes, and best of all, it’s less than $10. Available in several color combinations.

OneLeg

Photo Courtesy of One Leg

Photo Courtesy of One Leg

$45 and up at OneLegUSA.com
This ergonomic stool will allow her to tend to her garden in comfort. She can sit and move easily while staying close to the ground and to her plants. Available in four different sizes and seven colors.

Meori Foldable ‘Mom Box’

Photo Courtesy of Meori

Photo Courtesy of Meori

$35 at US.Meori.com
An essential for the mom who needs her own special storage space for the car, the home office or a closet. With “Mom Box” emblazoned on the side, no one is going to mess with her stuff. Collapsible when not in use.

Atlas Coffee Club

Photo Courtesy of Atlas Coffee Club

Photo Courtesy of Atlas Coffee Club

Starting at $14 a month at AtlasCoffeeClub.com
Treat your adventurous Mom to a new coffee each month. As a member of Atlas Coffee Club, she’ll receive a monthly shipment of a coffee from a different part of the world, from the Costa Rica to Ethiopia. Each bag has its own beautiful packaging and cultural information. She’ll think of you each day as she brews a cup.

artnaturals Bluetooth Oil Diffuser

Photo Courtesy of Art Naturals

Photo Courtesy of Art Naturals

$49 at artnaturals.com
A blend of tech and Zen, this Bluetooth diffuser will scent the air with a fragrance of her choosing, play her favorite playlist, bathe the room in soft, colorful light and function as an alarm clock. Add a set of 16 essential oils, including cinnamon leaf, sweet orange and frankincense for $29.

Fischer & Wieser Make Mom’s Life Easier Gift Basket

Photo Courtesy of Fischer & Wieser

Photo Courtesy of Fischer & Wieser

$74.95 at Jelly.com
Sometimes, the most thoughtful gift is to make mom’s life easier. This basket is filled with “Mom’s” tasty sauces and seasonings from Fischer & Wieser. They’ll come in handy when she needs to whip up a quick, delicious meal. They’re preservative- and gluten-free.

Lano Lips Hands All Over Tinted Balm Trio

Photo Courtesy of Lano Lips

Photo Courtesy of Lano Lips

$41 at Net-a-porter.com
One for the kitchen drawer, one for the car, one for her purse. If she’s prone to dry lips, these will be her new go-to balms, as they soothe and nourish even the driest lips, thanks to ultra medical grade lanolin. The three tints offer just a hint of color for a little lift on the go.

Glamma Stemless Wine Glass

Papyrus Glamma stemless wine glass

Photo Courtesy of Papyrus

$14.95 at Papyrusonline.com
Your glamorous grandma needs her own special wine glass. This stemless glass is decorated with “Glamma” in gold foil and comes in a pretty, floral box, ready for gifting.

V-MODA Forza In-Ear Headphones

Photo Courtesy of V-Moda

Photo Courtesy of V-Moda

$100 at V-Moda.com
If she’s using old earbuds for phone calls and music, maybe it’s time for an upgrade. These durable, high-res earbuds deliver great sound for calls and tunes and come with a variety of fittings, sport fins and ear hooks to ensure perfect fit and comfort. They are available in orange, white and black with their own pouch. And if you want to go one step further, 3D printed, color and finish customization is available for an additional fee.

Salt of the Earth Bakery ‘The Whole Shebang’

Photo Courtesy of The Grommet

Photo Courtesy of The Grommet

$37 at TheGrommet.com
With flavors like coffee-infused “The Kona” to the decadent “The Chocoholic,” this box of cookies and brownies will have her grinning ear to ear. The treats are made with sea salts from around the world, for just the right touch of sophistication. The Whole Shebang includes three cookie flavors and three brownie flavors, with plenty to share.

Wahl Hot & Cold Custom Body Therapeutic Massager

Photo Courtesy of Max Warehouse

Photo Courtesy of Max Warehouse

$43.23 at MaxWarehouse.com
From a sore back to tightness in the shoulders, everyone has their share of aches and pains. Help mom find sweet relief with this hand-held massager. With variable speeds and seven attachments, including hot, cold and facial, she’ll be feeling better in no time.

Lorena Canals Leaf Baskets

Photo Courtesy of Lorena Canals

Photo Courtesy of Lorena Canals

$46 at LorenaCanals.us
This beautiful, cotton rope basket offers stylish storage for anything from yarn to magazines to toys. Soft and machine-washable, these baskets are available in Terracota, Natural and Green to suit her decor.

Philosophy Cleanse, Peel, Treat Trial Kit

Photo Courtesy of Philosophy

Photo Courtesy of Philosophy

$55 at Philosophy.com
If she’s been bemoaning dull skin, three simple steps will have her skin looking glowing, fresh and healthy in minutes. Cleanser and moisturizer are used daily, the peel is used weekly.

Vosges-Haut Chocolate Les Fleurs du Chocolat Collection

Photo Courtesy of EveryMotherCounts

Photo Courtesy of EveryMotherCounts

$45 at EveryMotherCounts.org
For every sale of this tasty truffle collection, Vosges will donate 20% of proceeds to Christy Turlington’s non-profit, Every Mother Counts, which supports efforts to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for women. Rich chocolate truffles are topped with garden-inspired delicacies, like orchids and bee pollen.

If you have money left over after shopping for mom, here are 11 other smart purchases for less than $400. And if you’re out of cash, take these four steps to stop buying stuff you can’t afford.

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This Is One Time You Want a Screaming Baby On Your Plane

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When is a crying baby on a plane a welcome addition? When the airline offers free flights to everyone onboard if the baby does just enough crying.

JetBlue sent a shoutout to parents everywhere, but especially moms, with a Mother’s Day message meant to soothe the frustrations of flying with a cranky baby.

The New York-based airline released a video on Monday of a flight from JFK to Long Beach, California, where several babies were being given the opportunity to cry their hearts out. If they cried enough, everyone onboard would receive a free roundtrip ticket. The babies came through, with everyone onboard cheering.

“In honor of Mother’s Day, we are giving everyone a reason to smile every time a baby cries,” the airline wrote on its YouTube channel, where it posted the video, which you can also see below.

Crying babies on a plane are a minor annoyance compared to some of the other headaches travel can produce, like a lost or stolen credit card, lost luggage, unexpected airline fees and missed connections. You can help smooth your way through some of these hassles, though, by using one of the best travel rewards credit cards when booking your flight and hotel and paying for incidentals.

Which credit card you use to pay for your travels will make a big difference in the rewards you earn. For example, the Chase Sapphire Preferred ($95 annual fee that is waived the first year; you can see a full review here.) offers double points on all travel purchases, while the American Express Premier Rewards Gold ($175 annual fee, waived the first year; you can see a full review here.) offers triple points for all flights booked directly with the airlines. (The latter is actually a charge card, which must be paid in full each month.)

Before you apply for any credit card, it’s important to do your research and make sure the card will meet your needs, and that you meet the issuer’s general credit requirements. You can get two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com to see where you stand, and to get personalized tips to help you improve your credit.

At publishing time, Chase and American Express credit cards, including the Premier Rewards Gold, are offered through Credit.com product pages, and Credit.com is compensated if our users apply and ultimately sign up for these cards. However, this relationship does not result in any preferential editorial treatment.

Note: It’s important to remember that interest rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products cited in these articles may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with credit card issuers, banks or other financial institutions directly.

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20 Mother’s Day Gifts Under $100

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