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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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