Mother's Day 2013 is here, and it is time to celebrate Mom for all those times she did your laundry and made your lunch, and even that one time she bit her tongue when you decided to dye your hair blue.
Kudos to those who have flowers, chocolates and diamonds ready for Sunday. For those who procrastinate a bit more or are tight on cash this year, there are plenty of Mother's Day freebies and deals to take advantage of to thank the woman who gave you life. After all, she always told you to save your pennies, right?
Hooters: This year, Hooters wants you to impress Mom with some free grub on May 12. When moms order any meal priced $10 or less, plus a drink purchase, the food is on the house. Moms must be accompanied by one or more offspring.
IKEA: Does your mom have a penchant for hearty breakfast food? Ikea is offering a free breakfast for moms on Mother's Day. This deal includes a 99-cent breakfast plate of bacon, eggs and potatoes, plus a cup of coffee. (Sorry, no Swedish meatballs.) The offer is good Sunday, May 12 until 11 a.m.
TCBY: For moms with a sweet tooth, TCBY is offering mothers a free frozen yogurt, either for self-serve or a small cup or cone, up to a 6-ounce cup. This deal includes all flavors of yogurts and sorbets, any toppings combinations and all “Super Fro-Yo.” Yum!
Uno: Uno will give moms a free mini dessert this Sunday, no coupon needed. Moms can choose from one of four delicious dishes. If you want to splurge a bit more, buy your mother a $25 gift card and get $5 back.
My Yoga Online: The world's largest online yoga video company is offering over 1,000 free yoga classes on Mother's Day, May 12 until midnight on May 13. To access the deal, send a personalized Mother's Day email to invite your mom to participate in My Yoga Online.
Redbox: Buy a Redbox eGift card for Mom and get a code for a bonus one-day DVD rental on Monday, May 13.
Applebees: Purchase $50 in Applebees giftcards for Mom, and you'll get a free $10 giftcard in return.
Ripley's Believe It or Not, Times Square: This Mother's Day, moms can head to Ripley's Believe It or Not's Odditorium in New York City's Times Square for a chance to win free admission from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by spinning the wheel of "juggling challenges." Moms who aren't feeling so lucky will receive half-price admission with the purchase of a full-price child admission.
Best Buy: If you have a tech-savvy mama, Best Buy is offering three days of deals just for her, plus free shipping or free in-store pickup on all items.
1-800-Flowers: Floral arrangements are a classic gift for moms on this holiday. 1-800-Flowers is offering deals up to 40 percent off bouquets and gifts for Mom, no promo code required.
Hersheypark: On May 12, head to Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., where moms will get in free. Print this coupon for a free one-day admission ticket for Mom, when purchased with another full-price, one-day admission ticket.
Amazon.com Give your ma a laugh with a free, personalized Amazon.com Mother's Day card from JibJab.
Take Mom to the Zoo!: Over 50 zoos around the nation are offering free admission for mothers. Click here to see a list of participating venues.
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Pizza Hut - Bigfoot Pizza
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KFC - Double Down
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McDonald's - Shamrock Shake
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Taco Bell - Doritos Locos Tacos
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Burger King - Memphis BBQ Sandwich
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Starbucks - Pumpkin Spice Latte
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