Mother's Day On a Budget
With Mother’s Day fast approaching (Sunday, May 8), we thought we’d put together a few budget-savvy ideas to help make your mom’s day special without destroying your personal budget.
For us, there’s no better way to do that then by giving you some tips to help Mom out with car care.
Here are some basic, minimal cost gifts you can give your mom:
- Surprise her by cleaning out her car and giving it a thorough wash. If you’ve got a handheld or utility vacuum at home (or if Mom’s got one—even better!), and a garden hose, you’re basically 90% of the way there already. Use a gentle auto detergent and sponge, which you should be able to pick up for under $10 at your nearest grocer, home good store, or auto repair shop. (Yes, this suggestion also means that you’re willing to take care of, or even clean, whatever Mom’s left in her car…used coffee mug? Yep. Soiled winter coat? You bet.)
- Check her tire pressure, and refill where needed. Most gas stations don’t charge at all to refill the air in your tires, and proper tire levels are a key part of your mom’s overall vehicle safety.
- Feeling extra handy? Get under the hood and check Mom’s oil. If it’s dark and sludgy, chances are, she needs a change. Look at the inside of her windshield to see when her last recorded oil change was. If she’s over 3,000 miles since her last change, head to your local auto parts shop to pick up some new synthetic oil and an oil pan (if you don’t already have one). If you’ve never changed a car’s oil before, make sure you get a friend or family member who knows what they’re doing to assist. A botched oil job can ruin an engine.
When Mom Doesn’t Need Any More Stuff
Mom “doesn’t need any more stuff” (or so she says?)? Then consider making a charitable contribution to a local non-profit in her name. Even $10 can go a long way for an organization, and it’s a thoughtful way to let your mom know she raised you well.
And, if you’re really tight this month for cash, at the end of the day, spending time with your mom and letting her know you love her is probably all she really wants, anyway (well, that, and for someone to clean her car).