It’s Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day as we often call it, on March 31 and a little planning will not only save you money but will probably produce a nicer gift or day out for your mum.

Naturally, the restaurants are heaving on the actual day, so choose a different day, this works really well for mums who don’t like crowds or lots of noise, she will thank you for it.

On flowers, pink is perfect and anything pink comes in at a higher price. Choosing a different colour cuts the cost a little, but consider bulbs or a low-maintenance shrub for the garden which will give your mother a year on year reminder of you.

Avoid internet flowers as they are usually over-priced, however, if you can’t get to see your mum on the day arrange a delivery with the local florist as they are keen to help and most will be able to create and deliver a much nicer flower arrangement for the same cost as online.

Treat mum to a special dish for Mothering Sunday

If you are really strapped for cash simply avoid the shops. Most mothers prefer the gift of time, whether you prepare a home-cooked meal, visit her at the nursing home or tackle one of the jobs she needs doing: gardening, washing the car, even doing the ironing.

If you have young children they could try their hand at designing their own ‘Mothering Sunday Certificate’ pledging something very special; perhaps promising to do their homework, keep their room tidy or walk the dog.

The important thing on Mothering Sunday is to make your mum feel special. No matter how old she or you or are, this is your opportunity to show her that you care.