This weekend is Mother's Day, and if you take her out for lunch or dinner then not only will you all avoid the inevitable consequences of leaving the cooking to the kids, but there are a number of great freebies around too.
If you're not a fan of Mother's Day - then there's free perfume, a goodie bag, and a way to donate to charity for nothing - which could help you too.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
Free Tesco Pharmacy Goody Bags
Every so often Tesco will give away goodie bags when you buy something at the in-store pharmacy, and the users of Hotukdeals.com
say that they are running the promotion at the moment. You will usually have to ask for yours, and they only have a limited number of the bags in stock, but you can get all sorts of freebies from soap to shampoo and Ryvita. There is a baby bias in the bags - including free baby milk - but there's plenty for adults too.
These days Britney Spears seems to sell more perfume than singles, and if you ever wondered what the fuss was all about, this is your chance to find out for free. You'll need to go to the perfume's Facebook page
and click 'like', then a form will download for you to complete and submit. Your perfume samples will arrive within three weeks. You have until 11 April, but there are only 20,000 samples available, so it's worth doing it sooner rather than later.
This isn't strictly a freebie for you - it's a way of giving to charity, and it could benefit you at the same time. Unicef has arranged sponsorship with a number of companies, so you can raise money to provide clean water for a child in need. All you have to do is go to tap.unicefusa.org
on your phone. Then you need to leave your phone alone for as long as possible. For every 10 minutes that you don't touch your phone, the donors will provide a day of clean water for a child.
The first of the Mother's Day freebies is from Crown Carveries. This Sunday, mums get a free 175ml glass of wine with a carvery dinner. It's also worth bearing in mind that every Sunday, kids under 10 eat free (one child free with every adult).
Free goodie bag
Ask Italian restaurants are offering a free goodie bag to mums who eat there on Mother's Day. You need to order at least a main course to get the freebie.
Mums can get a free desert with every main meal on Mother's Day at Bella Italia
. Plus if you book for after 5pm, they'll also get a free glass of Prosecco. If the thought of going on such a busy day doesn't appeal, you can download the voucher for 25% off food from Sunday to Thursday (excluding Mother's day) until 4 April.