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Free Friday: Freebies for the Moms!

Sunday, May 11th is Mother’s Day! You should show your mom appreciation everyday, but Mother’s Day is a special day set aside to truly show your mom how much she means to you and how much you really appreciate everything she does. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate moms, wives, aunts, grandmothers, sisters and all of the great women who are mothers or have taken on motherly roles. Celebrate Mothers everywhere this weekend with these special Mother’s Day Free Friday freebies brought to you by PennySaver USA!

Food/Drinks

FREE Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea Latte at Starbucks: Starbucks wants to celebrate your Mom too! On Sunday, May 11th, when you bring your mom to a participating Starbucks location, your mom will receive a free Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea Latte when you purchase one. Visit starbucks.com for more information.

Mother's Day FreebiesFREE Cone Day at Haagen-Dazs: Tuesday, May 13th is the annual Haagen-Dazs free cone day! Stop by your local participating Haagen-Dazs location. Stop by on Tuesday between 4pm to 8pm and enjoy your free scoop of Haagen-Dazs ice cream in a free cone! Visit haagendazs.com for more info.

FREE Cake at KFC: When you buy a 10 piece meal or larger at KFC, you’ll get a free Double Chocolate Chip or Lemon Cake with your purchase. No coupon needed. Offer expires Sunday, May 25th.

FREE Cinnabon® Roll: During Nurses Week, May 6th-12th, nurses get a free Cinnabon® Classic Roll or Minibon® Roll when they show their healthcare ID badge. Visit cinnabon.com for full details.

FREE Small Fry and Small Drink at Arby’s: Visit arbys.com to print out your coupon and redeem for a free small fry and small drink with the purchase of an Arby’s Smokehouse Brisket sandwich. Visit arbys.com for more details.

FREE Meal at Boston Market: On Sunday, May 11th, Boston Market wants to treat all the moms! On Mother’s Day, buy any individual meal, and get one free Individual meal for Mom at Boston Market. Visit bostonmarket.com for more info.

FREE $25 Fleming’s Gift Card: Enjoy your Mother’s Day Brunch at Fleming’s this year, and get a free $25 Fleming’s gift card to use toward a future visit. Make your reservation today.

FREE Chocolate Covered Strawberry for Moms at McCormick & Schmick’s: When you dine at McCormick & Schmick’s for Mother’s Day, every Mom will get a free chocolate covered strawberry. Make your Mother’s Day reservation today!

FREE Dessert at Chili’s Restaurant: When you purchase $25 in eGift Cards at Chili’s Restaurant, you’ll receive one free dessert coupon, valid from 4/24 through 5/31. Adult entree purchase is required to redeem free dessert coupon. Offer valid 4/24 through 5/14.

FREE Breakfast or Dinner entree at Mimi’s Cafe: Treat your mom to breakfast or dinner at Mim’s Cafe and get a free breakfast or dinner entree with the purchase of a second breakfast or dinner entree of equal or greater value and two beverages. Print or show this coupon on your mobile device to redeem. One per check for dine in only. Offer ends 5/10/2014. Find a Mimi’s Cafe near you.

Health

FREE 24 Hour Fitness 7 Day Pass: Fill out this form for a 7 day pass which allows you to workout at any of the club locations. Please print pass or show on your smart device to a Team Member at the club. No appointment needed.

Fragrance

FREE Sample of Love 2 Love Fragrance: ’Like’ the Love 2 Love Facebook page, select the scent you want, and fill out the form to receive your free sample in the mail.

FREE Sample of Escada Fragrance: Fill out this form to receive a free sample of the Escada fragrances, Born in Paradise or Especially Escada Elixir.

FREE Sample of Gucci Made to Measure Men’s Fragrance: ’Like’ the Gucci Facebook page, and scroll down to the bottom where you can fill out a form to receive your free sample.

Beauty

FREE Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Sample: Visit Garnier Fructis Facebook page and click on ’Get a Free Sample’ and fill out a short form to get a free sample of Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.

FREE Murad Sample at Sephora: Visit murad.com and complete the short form to print a coupon to pick up your free sample at Sephora.

FREE Sample of NIVEA Skincare Product: Visit the Nivea Facebook page, click on ‘NIVEA Samples’ and fill out the short form for a free sample of NIVEA Brand Extended Moisture. Once submitted, your sample will arrive in the mail in 4-6 weeks.

FREE Express Service at Sephora Inside JCPenney: Stop by a Sephora Beauty Studio inside a JCPenney for a free express beauty service. You can get Smoky Eye, Perfect Lip, Essential Eyeliner and more!

Hair Care

Free L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hair Color Samples: Visit Lorealparisusa.com and fill out a short form to get a free sample of L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hair Color. Offer expires 12/30/2014.

Free Matrix Biolage Shampoo and Conditioner Sample: Fill out this formto get a free sample of Matrix Hydrasource or Colorlast. Offer valid until 5/14/14 or while supplies last.

FREE Nourishing Styling Treatment at jcp Salon: Drop by a jcp Salon xpress bar for a complimentary touchup, and you’ll also receive a FREE Mini Matrix Biolage Freeze Fix Humidity-Resistant hairspray.

Photos

FREE 8″x10″ Photo Print at Walgreens: Need a last minute Mother’s Day gift? Moms love pictures, and we’ve got just the solution for you. Visit photo.walgreens.com, and use promo code ENLARGEIT at checkout, choosing store-pickup to get a free 8×10 photo enlargement for your Mom. This offer is onyl vsalid until 11:59pm CST Saturday, May 10th.

Free 25 1-Hour 4×6 prints at Walmart: When you create a new photo account with Walmart. Click the box on the right of the following page to create your account. Be sure to select in-store pickup to avoid shipping charges.

Pets

FREE Purina Cat Chow Healthy Weight Cat Food Sample: Visit catchow.com and take the pledge to receive a free sample of Purina Cat Chow Healthy Weight Food.

Kids

FREE Lowe’s Build and Grow Kids Clinic: Mother’s Day is right around the corner! On Saturday, May 10th, kids will have the chance to build a free Flower Delivery Truck at the Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic. Add some flowers and it’s the perfect way to deliver a special gift to Mom! Visit Lowes.com to enter your zip code and register for the free clinic. Register ASAP because places fill up fast!

Free Mother’s Day Craft Workshops at Lakeshore Learning: Just in time for Mother’s Day, on Saturday, May 10th, kids can create a free coupon filled book with promises for Mom! Find a store near you.

FREE Mother’s Day Card Station at Pottery Barn Kids: The week of May 5th, show Mom or Grandma how much they mean to you at Pottery Barn Kids. Kids are invited to create a one-of-a-kind card at our Mother’s Day card station at a location near you.

FREE Mother’s Day Storytime at Barnes & Noble: On Saturday, May 10th at 11am, Barnes & Noble locations will be hosting a free special Mother’s Day Storytime featuring Oh, The Things My Mom Will Do…! Find a participating Barnes & Noble location near you.

Events

FREE National Public Gardens Offers: National Public Gardens Day is Friday, May 9th! Start Mother’s Day Weekend off beautifully with free offers at participating National Public Gardens. Visit nationalpublicgardensday.com for more info and a list of participating public gardens.

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Super Moms!


PennySaverUSA.com’s Free Friday is a collection of third party promotions, offers and freebies that we’ve assembled from the web and elsewhere (the “Promotions”). The merchants and the products/services identified in the Promotions are not affiliated with PennySaver USA Publishing LLC, or any of its affiliates (“PennySaverUSA.com”). The inclusion of a Promotion in Free Friday should not be construed as an endorsement of PennySaverUSA.com or its products/services by such merchants. Free Friday and the Promotions are provided “As Is.” PennySaverUSA.com makes no representations or warranties whatsoever regarding the Promotions or the products/services included therein, including but not limited to whether the Promotions will be honored, have expired, are accurate or error free and disclaims all implied warranties to the extent applicable.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Free Friday: Cinco de Mayo, Teacher Appreciation Freebies and More!

This first week of May is full of great holidays and national days, and accompanying them are some pretty awesome freebies! On Saturday, May 3rd you’ve got Free Comic Book Day, on Monday May 5th, the easy-to-remember-what-day-it-falls-on holiday, Cinco de Mayo and on Tuesday May 6th, National Teacher Appreciation Day! Celebrate one or all of these upcoming days with these special Free Friday freebies brought to you by PennySaver USA!

Food/Drinks

Freebies for Cinco de Mayo, TEacher Appreciate Day and moreFREE Burrito, Bowl, Tacos or Salad at Chipotle: To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, teachers, faculty and staff will get a free burrito, bowl, salad or taco order with the purchase of one from 4pm to close at Chipotle locations. To take advantage of this special Chipotle BOGO offer, you just need to present your valid school faculty ID/proof of employment. Visit chipotle.com for more info.

FREE Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich: To show their appreciation, participating Chick-Fil-A locations will be giving free Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches to teachers and faculty who present their valid ID/proof of employment. Find out if there’s a participating Chick-Fil-A location near you!

FREE Cake at KFC: When you buy a 10 piece meal or larger at KFC, you’ll get a free Double Chocolate Chip or Lemon Cake with your purchase. No coupon needed. Offer expires Sunday, May 25th.

FREE Chips & Drink at Quiznos: Print this coupon and redeem for a free chips & regular fountain drink at Quiznos with the purchase of a regular/large sub or salad

FREE Dessert at Chili’s Retaurant:  When you purchase $25 in eGift Cards at Chili’s Retaurant. Offer valid 4/24 through 5/14. Purchaser will receive 1 free dessert coupon that is valid from 4/24 through 5/31. Adult entree purchase is required to redeem free dessert coupon.

FREE Large Drink at Long John Silvers:  When you join the Mobile Fishbowl Club and text message ‘Fish’ to 41522 on your cell phone. Msg and data rates may apply. Click here for details and nearest location.

FREE $10 Coupon at Buca di Beppo:  When you purchase two pastas (baked pastas or entrees required). Visit Buca di Beppo and fill out form to receive your coupon. Not valid with any other offer or promotion. Valid for Dine in only. Limit one coupon per visit per table. Offer expires within a month of receiving coupon.

FREE Enchiladas at Rubios: Fill out this form, and you and a friend, will be scheduled to attend a free enchilada tasting event at Rubios. Sample the new Grilled Chicken with Fire Roasted Sauce or a Pan-Seared Shrimp Enchilada with verde sauce. Offer only valid during date and time of scheduled tasting event. Hurry, offer limited.

FREE Breakfast or Dinner entree at Mimi’s Cafe: With the purchase of second breakfast or dinner entree of equal or greater value and two beverages. Print or show this coupon on your smart device to redeem. One per check for dine in only. Offer ends 5/10/2014. Find a restaurant near you.

Health

FREE 24 Hour Fitness 7 Day Pass: Fill out this form for a 7 day pass which allows you to workout at any of the club locations. Please print pass or show on your smart device to a Team Member at the club. No appointment needed.

Fragrance

FREE Sample of Love 2 Love Fragrance: ’Like’ the Love 2 Love Facebook page, select the scent you want, and fill out the form to receive your free sample in the mail.

FREE Sample of Escada Fragrance: Fill out this form to receive a free sample of the Escada fragrances, Born in Paradise or Especially Escada Elixir.

FREE Sample of Gucci Made to Measure Men’s Fragrance: ’Like’ the Gucci Facebook page, and scroll down to the bottom where you can fill out a form to receive your free sample.

Beauty

FREE Custom Samples and FREE Mini-Facial at Origins: Click on ‘Get Offer’ at Origins Facebook page to have the offer e-mailed to you. You must pick up samples at an Origins retail store or department store counter at Macys, Dillards, Belk or Bonton. To ensure timely service, it’s recommended you call your nearest location to book your mini-facial appointment. Must show e-mail to redeem offer. Expires 5/4.

FREE JoDeOl Beauty Product Samples: JoDeOl products are a one-of-a-kind specialty that will pamper your skin. Each and every product is handmade with high quality ingredients and special care to promote better looking skin and fast, visible results. Visit JoDeOl, fill out form and select requested samples. You will be notified when the samples are shipped. Samples only available to U.S residents.

FREE Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Sample: Visit Garnier Fructis Facebook page and click on ’Get a Free Sample’ and fill out a short form to get a free sample of Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.

FREE Murad Sample at Sephora: Visit murad.com and complete the short form to print a coupon to pick up your free sample at Sephora.

FREE Sample of NIVEA Skincare Product: Visit the Nivea Facebook page, click on ‘NIVEA Samples’ and fill out the short form for a free sample of NIVEA Brand Extended Moisture. Once submitted, your sample will arrive in the mail in 4-6 weeks.

FREE Express Service at Sephora Inside JCPenney: Stop by a Sephora Beauty Studio inside a JCPenney for a free express beauty service. You can get Smoky Eye, Perfect Lip, Essential Eyeliner and more!

FREE Kate Somerville Skin Care Samples: ’Like’ them on their Facebook page to unlock the offer and sign up for a set of FREE samples. Choose from Anti-Aging, Acne/Oily or Sun Kit samples.  Your samples will be mailed.  Hurry, offer ends soon.

Hair Care

Free L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hair Color Samples: Visit Lorealparisusa.com and fill out a short form to get a free sample of L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hair Color. Offer expires 12/30/2014.

Free Matrix Biolage Shampoo and Conditioner Sample: Fill out form here and get a free sample of Matrix Hydrasource or Colorlast. Offer valid until 5/14/14 or while supplies last.

FREE Sample of Suave Professionals Natural Infusion: Visit suavenaturalinfusion.com and fill out the short form to receive your free sample of Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Hair Care in the mail.

FREE Nourishing Styling Treatment at jcp Salon: Drop by a jcp Salon xpress bar for a complimentary touchup, and you’ll also receive a FREE Mini Matrix Biolage Freeze Fix Humidity-Resistant hairspray.

Photos

Free 25 1-Hour 4×6 prints at Walmart: When you create a new photo account with Walmart. Click the box on the right of the following page to create your account. Be sure to select in-store pickup to avoid shipping charges.

Pets

FREE Purina Cat Chow Healthy Weight Cat Food Sample: Visit catchow.com and take the pledge to receive a free sample of Purina Cat Chow Healthy Weight Food.

Kids

FREE Comic Book Day: Saturday May 3rd, is Free Comic Book Day! Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May each year when participating comic book shops across America give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Check with your local comic book shop for their participation and rules.

FREE Lego Star Wars Building Event at Toys R Us: On May 3rd, between 12pm and 2pm! Visit your local store for TWO epic builds – the LEGO Star Wars Mini TIE Fighter and LEGO Star Wars Mini X-Wing. Event is for children ages 5-up. Limit one per child. Quantities limited.

FREE Flower Delivery Truck at Lowe’s Build and Grow Kids Clinic: On Saturday, May 10th. Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build a cool Flower Delivery Truck. Add a flower and it’s the perfect way to deliver a special gift to Mom! Visit Lowe’s to enter your zip code and register for the clinic. Register ASAP because places fill up fast!

FREE Flower Planter Workshop for Kids at Home Depot: On Saturday, May 3rd, from 9am to 12pm, kids are invited to a free workshop and build a Flower Planter at the Home Depot. Just in time for Mother’s Day, this planter makes a great gift. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Visit here to register. Children must be present at store to participate.

Free Kids Craft Workshops at Lakeshore: Every Saturday from 11am to 3pm for kids 3 and up at Lakeshore Learning Stores. On Saturday, May 3rd, kids can create a schoolhouse collage to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week! Just in time for Mother’s Day, on Saturday, May 10th, kids can create a coupon filled book with promises for Mom! Find a store near you.

FREE Lego Dragon at Lego Store: On Tuesday May 6th, at 5pm, learn how to build a free Lego mini model, LEGO Dragon, at the Lego Building event. Event open to children age 6 to 14. While supplies last. Call your local store for more details.

FREE Star Wars Pin to the first 100 guests to visit Disney Store: On Sunday, May 4th. May the 4th Be with You! The first 100 guests to visit Disney Store will start their epic adventures with a FREE Star Wars Pin. Plus younglings are invited to learn the Ways of the Force at 12:30pm. At select stores only. Call your local store for more details. Must be 3 years of age for pin giveaway.

FREE Mother’s Day Card Station at Pottery Barn Kids: The week of May 5th, show Mom or Grandma how much they mean to you at Pottery Barn Kids. Kids are invited to create a one-of-a-kind card at our Mother’s Day card station at a location near you.

FREE Events at Barnes & Noble: Visit barnesandnoble.com and enter your zip code to see all of the free Barnes & Noble events in your area!

Entertainment

Get a FREE Movie Ticket valued up to $12 to see the new Godzilla Movie:  (comes out Friday, May 16) at participating theaters when you purchase a $25 limited edition gift card at Red Robin. You must use the movie ticket before Friday, June 13.

FREE Museum Admission for Bank of America Customers:  Get free general admission to participating museums, zoos, science centers and more on the first full weekend of every month (May 3 & 4) – just by presenting your Bank of America card and photo id! Click here to find participating museums and sites.


PennySaverUSA.com’s Free Friday is a collection of third party promotions, offers and freebies that we’ve assembled from the web and elsewhere (the “Promotions”). The merchants and the products/services identified in the Promotions are not affiliated with PennySaver USA Publishing LLC, or any of its affiliates (“PennySaverUSA.com”). The inclusion of a Promotion in Free Friday should not be construed as an endorsement of PennySaverUSA.com or its products/services by such merchants. Free Friday and the Promotions are provided “As Is.” PennySaverUSA.com makes no representations or warranties whatsoever regarding the Promotions or the products/services included therein, including but not limited to whether the Promotions will be honored, have expired, are accurate or error free and disclaims all implied warranties to the extent applicable.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Mother’s Day Memories: Cake supplies

Every day this week, a staffer will share a story about how an item available on PennySaverUSA.com reminds him/her of mom with Mother’s Day this Sunday. This story follows and is from PennySaverUSA.com staffer Jason.

Pretty much like any other kid, I looked forward to my birthday with great anticipation when I was a child.

The allure of the cake, the gifts, the attention, the friends and family was just such an overwhelming combination that I couldn’t even sleep for weeks leading up to my birthday party.

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Find cake supplies shops on PennySaverUSA.com.

Where my experience differs from most, however, was the role my mom took in the proceedings.

She always decorated my cakes … and she was amazing!

My Mother’s Day Memory comes form the cake supplies shops listed on PennySaverUSA.com.

My mom never actually did cake decorating for a living, but if my birthday cakes were any indication, she certainly could have.

I remember the mad dash to buy cake supplies in the weeks leading to my birthday. While I didn’t always enjoy her anxiety and desperation to find everything she needed in her quest to make the perfect cake, the end result was always worth it.

One cake in particular stands out in my mind. I had a Yosemite Sam theme for one of my very early birthdays. I think I was 3 or 4.

The cake my mom created for that birthday was truly one to behold. So much so that I still remember it vividly to this day.

Now you are probably asking why my Mother’s Day Memory is of my birthday and not of Mother’s Day?

Well, that’s because my birthday (May 4) was always celebrated the weekend before Mother’s Day and the moms always got together when I was opening my presents and talked about what plans they had for the following weekend.

Let us know about your own Mother’s Day Memories in the comments.

Rating 4.00 out of 5

Free Friday: Mother’s Day freebies and more

In case you forgot, it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday (May 13)! Free Friday is getting in on the action with a ton of great freebies for the moms.

Fretting because you’re not a mom and you’re worried we don’t have any freebies for you this week? Quite contraire. While this edition of Free Friday certainly has a mommy flair, there are plenty of other freebies as well.

Let the proceedings begin.

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Free spinach artichoke dip from California Pizza Kitchen: Free Friday begins with an easy freebie available to all. Simply print this online coupon and take it to any participating location by May 14 and they’ll give you free spinach artichoke dip!

10 free boneless wings from Hooter’s for Moms (Mother’s Day Only): While it might seem like an odd place to take your mom for Mother’s Day, if she’s a big fan of wings, the chance to get 10 free ones might be too good a Free Friday offer to pass up. (Thanks Free Sample Momma for the find)

Free breakfast for Moms from Ikea (Mother’s Day Only): The breakfast includes scrambled eggs, bacon, and potatoes and a cup of coffee. The only catch is that moms must show up by 11 a.m. to get their free breakfast.

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Visit Williams-Sonoma on Saturday for a cool Mother's Day gift idea revolving around cupcakes.

Dessert

Free cupcake decorating class at Williams-Sonoma: From 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 12, Williams-Sonoma stores are letting kids and dads decorate a cupcake that they can bring home to mom for a unique Mother’s Day gift idea. Really cute idea.

Snack

Free chips at Kroger’s/Ralph’s TODAY ONLY (May 11): All you have to do is show up at your local Kroger’s grocery store (or Ralph’s/Food 4 Less in California) between 3 p.m.-8 p.m. and they’ll give you a free bag of Doritos Jacked & Ruffles Dude Food. (Thanks Coupon Katarina for the find)

Fun

10 free tokens from Chuck E. Cheese’s: Really clever idea from the popular kids arcade chain. They have a printable list of “certificates” for kids to give moms of things they will do for mom. Scroll to the bottom to find the “certificate” for 10 free tokens with any food purchase.

Baby Care

Free baby sling from Seven Everyday Slings: In honor of Mother’s Day, Seven Everyday Slings is giving away its free baby carriers. Use Promo Code “FITMOTHER” at checkout to get the free sling.

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Free full-size moisturizing body wash from MinuteClinic: Like the MinuteClinic Facebook page, provide your email and voilà, they’ll send you a coupon for a free full-size moisturizing body wash. Simple and easy – Free Friday at its best. (Thanks The Frugal Find for the find)

Bonus

Free $5 credit from SaverTime.com: Sign up for PennySaverUSA.com’s daily deal site SaverTime.com and we’ll give you $5 to use towards any purchase! Today’s special available nationwide is $15 for $30 Worth of brownies from Ruth’s Brownie Kitchen, so with your credit you can get $30 worth of brownies for only $10!

Rating 3.75 out of 5

Mother’s Day Memories: A Very Flowery Tradition

Every day this week, a staffer will share a story about how an item available on PennySaverUSA.com reminds him/her of mom with Mother’s Day this Sunday. This story follows and is from PennySaverUSA.com staffer Som.

The bouquet of flowers for sale at 50% off on PennySaverUSA.com’s daily deal site SaverTime.com reminds me of Mother’s Day. My mother loves flowers. In fact, she spent some of her years raising my sister and I making flower arrangements. She didn’t work at a bouquet shop, but the way she made her arrangements, you wouldn’t ever have to water them or throw them out because they would never wilt.

No, her flowers weren’t some sort of super GMO (genetically modified organism) species. My parents owned silk plant stores.Mother's Day flower discount

At one time, Mom managed four silk plant stores with Dad. I remember spending hours after preschool in the back of the store watching Mom whip up all sorts of custom-tailored flower arrangements and silk plants for customers. I don’t remember her ever complaining when working on these arrangements. She enjoyed the whole process, and had no problem working 6 days a week, each day a different location from the last.

Of course, she wasn’t all about silk plants, even though at least one was in every room of the house. She enjoyed real flowers and tending to  them in the yard whenever she got a chance. She enjoyed growing real flowers just as much, if not more, than working on silk plant arrangements.

She loved seeing her flowers bloom in her yard. She still does,  but sometimes I was a naughty kid back then, breaking the buds off the some of the flowers before they bloomed just to see inside. I know better now not to do that anymore!

But because she worked those long hours in her and Dad’s silk plant stores, she didn’t get to spend as much time growing and tending to her garden as she liked.  So on Mother’s Day; my dad, my sister, and I would get her a pot of flowers she would want to keep in her garden.

Out of all the presents we gave her on Mother’s Day over the years, a pot of flowers was her favorite. Even after they closed down the silk plant stores, her passion remained.

Just as soon as she’d get a plant, it went straight to into the garden. One of us was soon enough digging a hole so she could plant it. It was usually me.

So I think of Mother’s Day as a very flowery day, in honor of a wonderful woman who loved flower arrangements and delighted in making them for others who loved them too.

Rating 4.00 out of 5

What has changed since Mother’s Day 1962?

In 1962, PennySaverUSA was born! And this year being our 50th anniversary, we had to ask ourselves, “What has really changed since Mother’s Day 1962?”

The answer: a lot! From 1962 to 2012, moms have adapted and flourished during drastic changes, from technology, to increased prices, to new pop culture. You’d be surprised how 50 years has gone by so fast, yet changed so much.

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Inflation has really affected haircuts over the last 50 years.

Check it out:

  • A majority of moms in 1962 named their kids Michael and Lisa (Wedding Vendors); today it is Jacob and Isabella for the most popular baby names (Wonder where those names came from?).
  • Shoes cost $1.80 in the 60′s (Talk Finance); Today, shoes average $73.25 (Numbeo).
  • Moms from the 60′s had just started wearing sportswear, since at-home clothing was a new fashion trend entering the scene (Paperpast Yearbook). Today, sportswear has exploded! Adidas, the second largest sportswear manufacturer company in the world, has generated $567 million in net income (Wikipedia).
  • A women’s haircut was $3 in 1962; today it ranges from $40 -$100 (Flashback 1962).
  • During Mother’s Day in 1962, moms would most likely be swooning over good-looking President John F. Kennedy; today, moms find themselves captivated by actor Bradley Cooper (named Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine).
  • The chocolate your kids would buy you for Mother’s Day would cost them 5 cents in 1962, whereas today it’s roughly $1 (Bit Rebels).
  • Popular mom-loved icon Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 (Pop Culture), just starting out her career, and this year Michelle Williams was nominated for an Oscar in her role as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn.”
  • Moms in Roseville, Minnesota, were able to shop at the just-opened Target (Pop Culture). Today, Target operates nearly 1,770 stores in 49 states and 250 SuperTarget stores (Target).
  • Moms in the 60′s could be caught reading Life Magazine while soaking in their tubs (Hubpages). Life Magazine met its end in the 80′s, and today the most popular women’s magazine is Better Homes and Gardens (based off circulation numbers on Wikipedia).
  • In 1962, you’d find mom crooning to Elvis’ “Return to Sender” (Music VF) on her new audio cassette. Nowadays, you’d find her singing to Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” on her iPod (Billboard).

One thing that hasn’t changed throughout the years is the warm heart and beautiful soul of all moms (even if your own mom drives you nuts).

Happy Mother’s Day! To 50 years of being fabulous.

Rating 4.33 out of 5

Mother’s Day Memories: Antique Furniture

Every day this week, a staffer will share a story about how an item available on PennySaverUSA.com reminds him/her of mom with Mother’s Day this Sunday. This story follows and is from PennySaverUSA.com staffer Alisha.

When I grew up, before I would fall asleep, I would stare at my antique oak headboard with wonderment. Looking at the wood’s knots, I would use my imagination to see patterns, like a mouse or smiley face staring back at me. Even as an adult when I would go to my childhood home, I would trace each outline with my finger. Unfortunately, this fondness for my antique bed wasn’t always the case.

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This is an example of Alisha's mom's antiques.

When I was a kid, I begged my mom for a bedroom like Sabrina’s from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and my mom would always say that I would appreciate one-of-the-kind antique furniture when I got older, just wait. And like always, mom was right.

I love antiques, especially since my parent’s home is covered from top to bottom in pieces that are truly unique. I always teased that all I would have to do is put up a sign and open the doors to the public to get a museum started. That’s why when I came across this antique Hummel Music Box from a PennySaverUSA seller in Sacramento, I was immediately flooded with thoughts of my mom who would adore this piece for her collection. Shelves dedicated to Hummel figurines, this music box would entertain fellow brother and sister figurines as they played in the rain, herded sheep, and much more.

Just some history for you, the Hummel figurine originated from popular postcards in Germany and Switzerland during the 1930′s. It wasn’t until Franz Goebel turned the drawings into porcelain figurines that these adorable boy and girls became a collector’s item. And this Mother’s Day, I just know a Hummel figurine is itching to be a part of your home.

For more antique inspirations, check out our Pinterest Board: Awesome Antiques.

Does your mom love antiques?

  1. She can’t live without them!
  2. She has a few pieces
  3. She considers them garbage

Let us know in the comments!

Rating 4.50 out of 5

Save Money Monday: Tips for moms with babies

This post was written by PennySaverUSA.com staffer Carissa, who has a beautiful baby girl about to turn 1-year-old

I’m fairly new to the mom game, with my beautiful daughter turning 1 next week. It’s been an amazing experience thus far, and naturally along the way I’ve quickly learned some Save Money Monday tips when it comes to buying her all the things she needs. That cute little face definitely came with a high price tag.

Baby Shopping Tips

Stick to the off-brands when buying baby clothes.

Avoid Brand Names

Babies grow so quickly and they outgrow their clothing in no time. Babies don’t know the difference between a designer label and a bargain brand. They’re so cute; they’ll be able to pull off anything.  If you plan on having more children, buy unisex colors for your first-born, so when your second, or third, or fourth child arrive, you have a supply of baby clothing that can be reused regardless the gender of the baby.

Buy in Bulk

Get the value-box diapers and wipes that come in boxes of 150-228, if you can. The cost per diaper/wipe works out to be less, and you can save up to $300 a year! Diapers do come in different size ranges, so when buying in bulk keep in mind that if you think your baby is within a pound of the maximum weight limit on their current diaper size, be sure to purchase the next size up.

Stay Glued to Sales and Coupons

Sales and coupons are your best friend. Stock up during sales, and you don’t have to worry about rushing out at the last minute and paying full price. When it comes to coupons, you can find one for almost everything that you need — baby food, diapers, clothes, etc. Don’t forget to use them when you’re at the checkout register.

When I realized how many coupons I was able to find, I created a coupon binder to keep them all in one place. I organize it by product, and then organize the coupons by date, so I make sure to use the ones that are closer to expiring first.

One of the easiest ways to get coupons is to sign up for reward programs with different brands of the products that you buy for your baby, either through their email newsletters and/or Facebook or Twitter pages. They’re great places to find contests, special offers, coupons and giveaways of your favorite products.

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Scan our new Mother's Day 2012 section for great gift ideas.

DIY Baby Food

Making your own baby food is also an easy way to save some money. Buy the fresh produce, dice or blend, and store. Only buy the pre-made baby-food products that would cost more or require more of your time and effort to make. You can find some free baby food recipes online and you can save yourself up to 50%.

When you do have store-bought snacks, make sure to store them properly in airtight containers so they last longer. If your baby is using formula, choose powdered. It’s an additional step over the ready-to-feed formulas, but it’ll save you in the long run.

Ask the Doc

Get your money’s worth out of those pediatrician appointments! Ask your pediatrician for free product samples. At my daughter’s checkups we get cans of formula and creams for her skin.

It’s only been a year, but I continue to become a savvier mom by the day and I hope these Save Money Monday tips will help you, too!

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Mother’s Day #pennyshout giveaway winners

Once again PennySaver and PennySaverUSA.com readers responded to our #pennyshout promotion with an overwhelming display of enthusiasm.

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Scan our new Mother's Day 2012 section for great gift ideas.

Every holiday, we provide an opportunity to have a FREE message printed in the PennySaver throughout California if you call, fax, mail or tweet us @pennysaverusa.

For Mother’s Day we sweetened the pot by offering to pick 10 random $100 prize winners from among everyone who sent us a #pennyshout.

The result was a record number of #pennyshout submissions! We received over 3,000 total from California alone. That doesn’t even include the number of tweets we received from out of the state.

Each day from Monday, May 7-Friday, May 11 we will announce two winners on the PennySaverUSA Twitter feed and on this blog.

Here is the list of winners:

Monday – Dakota P.; Sarah R.

Tuesday – Eddie V., Leandra H.

Wednesday – Rachel C., Orlena M.

Thursday – Michele F., Denise K.

Friday – TBA

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Here is a sampling of the Mother’s Day #pennyshout tweets we received from outside California:

Happy Mother’s Day to my very beautiful mom! #pennyshout – from @champ_ion76

I love you MOM ..Happy Mother’s Day #pennyshout – from @dasasc1971

My mom always showed us endless amount of unconditional love. She taught me how to love like her & I’m thankful for her. #pennyshout #love — from @IrmaSILK

Hi Mom, I know that you’re looking down on us. I hope you love what you see.. We love you Bonnie & Jim #pennyshout — from @theparrclowns

#pennyshout Happy Mother’s day To My Mom the Church Diva! Kisses and Hugs. — from @JeansandTs

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Mother’s Day Memories: Collectible Dolls

Every day this week, a staffer will share a story about how an item available on PennySaverUSA.com reminds him/her of mom with Mother’s Day this Sunday. The first story follows and is from PennySaverUSA.com staffer Elizabeth.

I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot lately, especially with all the garage sale tips we’ve been sharing and vintage items we’ve featured in Steals of the Week. My mom is an avid vintage treasure hunter, and growing up, I spent almost every weekend scouring yard sales and estate sales for antiques.

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Find collectible dolls like the one above by searching through PennySaverUSA.com.

As a child, I found this boring with extra o’s, but as an adult I’ve become incredibly grateful for everything she taught me and developed my own passion for these thrifty treasure hunts.

With Mother’s Day coming up, I’ve been keeping close tabs on PennySaverUSA.com’s antiques and collectibles listings because there are always amazing vintage goodies hanging out in there that I know she would go ga-ga for.

Her biggest weakness was collectible dolls like this Princess Diana doll I found on PennySaverUSA.com. If there was an collectible doll at a yard sale or estate sale, she picked it up, had it repaired and cleaned, and brought it into the huge family of dolls that took residence in our house. I absolutely loved this as a little girl because it felt like she was bringing these friends home just for me, even if I could only play with them under her watchful eye.

In recent years, many of these dolls have gone to antique buyers, but I know she still has a soft spot for them. What do you think? What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day?

We hope the PennySaver can help you find something perfect, just for her.

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