Thanks, Mom: Great Mother's Day Deals -- Savings Experiment

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and you're likely looking for the perfect gift to show Mom you care. Here are a few tips on how to pick the perfect present without spending more than you have to.

Flowers are a beautiful way to brighten up your mom's day, but they're not always cheap. If you're going with blooms this year, keep them in budget by skipping the florist and heading to your local grocery store instead. Supermarkets offer similar varieties, but cost up to 70 percent less than what you can find at the florist.

For a real Mother's Day treat, gift your mom with a spa treatment. Sure, massages and pedicures can add up, but the key is to avoid hotel spas, which charge 30 percent more. Day spas offer the same kinds of services, but for much less. For the best local deals, log onto to buy a gift certificate, and for even more savings, try The site offers unused spa appointments for last-minute discounts of up to 70 percent -- just make sure to check with your mom first to make sure she's available.

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The perfect present doesn't have to cost a lot. Use these tips to get a great gift for less, and Mom will be extra happy to know you spent your money wisely.