Ah, Mother's Day. The holiday could be somewhat worse than Valentine's Day in terms of cultural expectations and guilt.
But a number of businesses are offering free stuff as well as discounts to help show Mom that you really care:
1. If you're looking for some quality time pre-Sunday, take advantage of free public garden admission for National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 6, which I discovered via Susan over at Garden Variety. Register to print out the free garden pass from Better Homes and Gardens to take advantage of the deal.
2. Check out the most recent list of Mother's Day dining specials from Dining@Large, as well as the list of Mother's Day dining discounts that Richard posted earlier.
3. Moms get free breakfast at IKEA on Sunday, May 8. (via Suddenly Frugal)
4. Moms get a free cup or cone at TCBY locations on Sunday, May 8.
5. Check out Denny's Facebook page to make your mom a Mother's Day card that includes a coupon for a free pancake puppy sundae (with purchase). (via Mojosavings.com)
6. Moms get a free Chocolate Truffle Trio dessert at participating McCormick & Schmick or M&S Grill locations from May 6 to May 8.
7. Freesamplemomma.com suggests you reserve a table at Ruby Tuesday to get your mom a free Red Velvet cupcake.
8. The same site also noted free dinner for moms at Medieval Times with a full-price adult ticket purchase. All moms also get a free flower.
9. Thanks again to Freesamplemomma for noting that Flemings will give moms a $25 gift card on Sunday, May 8, that's good for use on a future purchase.
10. Here are some activities for the kids on Saturday, via Suddenly Frugal: Joann Fabrics has a free "make & take" event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and kids can make a free heart-shaped flower vase at Lowe's "Build and Grow" events at 10 a.m. Register first before attending. There's also a free "how-to" workshop at all Home Depot stores on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Have you spotted any local Mother's Day deals? Tell us about it in the comments below.