Great Mother's Day deals and discounts

Great deals and discounts for Mother's Day

Valentine's Day and half term may be over but Mother's Day is right around the corner.

This year it falls on Sunday 6 March, so now is the perfect time to start planning a special day for your mum.

If you're hoping to do something memorable but don't want to break the bank then don't panic because we've got a host of deals that will help you make the day extra special for less.

Take a look at what's on offer below and make the most of these great discounts.

Save £50 on designer perfume

Those who fancy treating their Mum to something special this Mother's Day should head to The Fragrance Shop for some inspiration, they have some great deals available including a £15 discount on Marc Jacob's Honey fragrance. The 50ml bottle is now on sale for just £35, a saving of more than 40%!

Treasure memories with half price photo cushions

Have you got a photo that you know you Mum loves but you don't want to just stick it in a nice frame for Mother's Day? Why not head to Boots where you could have you favourite snap printed on a pillow for just £10. This half price deal is valid until 29 March and you can find out more here on HotUKDeals.

50% of selected holidays

If staying at home this Mother's Day just won't do why not surprise your Mum with a holiday! There is up to 50% off selected all inclusive Thomas Cook holidays on Vouchercloud, an offer that's surely too good to be missed! Find out more about where you go can go and what you can do with the discount here.

50% off a beautiful bouquet

Brighten up your Mother's Day with a blossoming bouquet from Debenhams Flowers, but don't worry because you won't have to spend a fortune to get your hands on these fabulous flowers. Use the discount code 'AOLMUM' to get 50% off Joyful Mum at Debenhams flowers, you can redeem the discount online here.

15% discount for Fat Face fans

Maybe you'd like to treat your Mum this with an addition or two to her wardrobe through Vouchercloud. You can get an exclusive 15% off all orders from popular high street clothes shop Fat Face using their unique code. Be quick though because this offer expires on 28 February!

Save 20% on jewellery and accessories

Do you think your Mum could do with jazzing up her jewellery or accessories? Then head to Hoochie Mama for a 20% discount on all their items, excluding those already in the sale. So you could get your hands on include this Roz Buehrlen Swallow necklace for £48 instead of the original price of £60, this Grafea Duffy rucksack for £116 instead of £145 or this Helen Moore faux fur collar for just £33.60 instead of £42. To cash in on the discounts use this code: 'HOOCHIEMAMASDAY'.

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The wine world is notoriously snobby, and the experts will tell you that there’s no way to buy a good bottle without spending at least £25. However, a study in 2011 at the Edinburgh International Science Fair demonstrated that people could only tell the difference between a cheap and expensive wine 53% of the time - which is roughly the result you'd get from flipping a coin.

Instead of focusing on price, it’s worth looking for wine awards. In December last year, for example, the International Wine Challenge awarded silver medals to Tesco Finest Fiano (selling for £5.49) and the Tesco Finest Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (priced at £5.99).

The price you’ll pay for your hotel room depends partly on type of room you choose, but also on a host of things that have nothing at all to do with the room itself. If you shop carefully, therefore, you can get more for less.

One of the most effective approaches is to use a ‘secret hotels’ service, which gives you details of the location and facilities, but doesn't tell you the name of the hotel you are booking until you have paid.

This enables hotels to slash their prices by as much as 50% without damaging their brand. If you book this way you can easily get a junior suite for less than the advertised double room rate at the same hotel.

Logically, the longer the interest-free period on your credit card, the more you’ll save. However, it doesn't always work out that way.

If you need to borrow for exactly the length of the interest-free period, then it’s a great option, but if you need to borrow for a longer or shorter time, it's a waste of money.

You have roughly a 40% chance of being tempted by the longer interest-free period into failing to pay off the debt in time - and being hit with high interest charges. In this instance, you may be better off with a long-term low rate.

Meanwhile, if you are one of the third of people who tend to pay off their card early, then you'd be better off paying a smaller balance transfer fee for a card with a shorter interest-free period.

If you need to buy new clothes, then choosing a product that has done minimal damage to the environment is clearly a kinder option than buying from a manufacturer that doesn't care about its impact on the world.

However, you will usually pay more for an environmentally-friendly brand, and there’s a far cheaper option that’s even kinder to the environment: buying second-hand clothes.

Your local charity shops will have items in perfect condition that would otherwise be going to landfill, so by buying them you meet three great criteria: you're saving the planet, saving money and helping a good cause.

You can pay anything up to 1,000 times more for water in a bottle than from the tap, so it stands to reason that it must be better.

However, instead of necessarily paying for superior water, we're paying for bottles, transportation and marketing, which might not be the kind of thing you value

On average we drink 33 litres of bottled water every year, and at an average cost of 48p per bottle, that's almost £16. You have to ask yourself if it's worth it.

Your expensive fashion headphones may look cool, but if you look around among the professionals, they won’t be wearing them.

The very best of the professional headphones cost the earth, so they're not a money-saving option. However, if you set a budget and check out the gadget magazines for their recommendations in your price range, not one of them recommends the fashion brands.

Instead of paying for branding, it's worth doing your research and paying for better sound.

We're loyal to brands for two reasons when it comes to medicines. The first is that they advertise, and they don’t mention the name of the active ingredient, so if we have a specific problem, all we know to ask for is the brand.

The second is a matter of trust, because we know the brand, and we can see it costs many times more than the generic versions of the same thing, so we trust that it is better.

In reality, the active ingredients are exactly the same, and if you don't know the generic drug that you can substitute for your expensive brand, you can simply ask your pharmacist - and look forward to spending a fraction of the amount your usual brand name medicines will set you back.

Pedigree pets are incredibly expensive. Even common breeds like springer spaniels will cost you several hundred pounds, while rarer breeds can set you back thousands.

It’s easy to assume you are paying for a well-bred pet, which will be free from medical problems. However, the breeding process means that pedigree pets tend to be prone to far more medical issues - which end up costing a fortune.

A mongrel dog or a moggy will often rack up far fewer vets bills, and there are usually an enormous number looking for new homes at the local rescue centre.

There’s an enormous advertising industry, pouring huge resources into convincing us that the more expensive beauty products are the best. In some cases this may be true, but it’s also worth keeping your eyes open for the cut-price beauty products recommended by the experts and winning awards.

A couple of examples stand out from recent coverage, including Boots Protect & Perfect for £23.95, which was so hotly tipped that it had a waiting list before its release in May last year. An even more affordable option is the £1.69 Bottle O’Butter moisturiser, which flew off the shelves thanks to an endorsement from the beauty press a while back.

Often in the mobile market, the more you pay, the more you get. So if you want a flash phone, all you can eat data, oodles of airtime and endless texts, you'll pay through the nose. The question you really need to ask yourself is whether you need all of this.

It’s worth checking your statements each month, and going back to look at them for the duration of your contract. Check your average use, then look at any extra you would have paid for the months when you went over this. In most cases, those who are paying for the very biggest mobile packages could save substantially by downshifting.

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