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Shopping for Mom on a budget

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Mother's day is only a few days away and many people are trying to decide what special gift to get mom.

There are some cheap ways to show mom you care.

Ask any mother, and the answer is different.

"Anything for my garden. Rose bushes, anything," said Theresa Rinker, mother of 9.

"Either cook for me, but you have to do the dishes, or we can go out for a restaurant," said Michelle Allen, mother of 2.

"A clean house that would be the least expensive," said Shannon Kremer, mother of 2.

A common place to look for you mom, the flower shop.

"Just about anything mom would want as far as green plans, easy care, or something in a pretty arrangement," said Ron Ferrano, owner of Always Yours Floral.

Flowers sales rack up $2 billion in the two weeks before mothers day. Twice that of Valentine's Day. Owners at always yours floral in dubuque say they've seen *more customers. But they're spending less. So you want to get mom a present on a budget?

When it comes to bargain shopping for mother's day sometimes the best bet is a mixed bouquet for about $6. Of course if that's not your style there are several thirty options: you can write your mom a letter, send her a video, wash her car, cook her dinner or plant flowers in her garden.

"A lot of times we do outdoor plants which is very popular for mom," said Ferrano.

Of course rose's are always good.

Some companies are even offering incentives: one company advertised if you buy your mom flowers, you get 1000 frequent flyer miles

But whatever you do you, thrifty of not, this mom puts it best:

"They don't have to spend a dime, just share your time is all I ask," said Kremer.

National companies are offering incentives and deals to lure customers. That's because spending is expected to drop 10% this Mother's Day. Some hot deals include free shipping and 30 arrangements for under $30.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires
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