Mother's Day Freebies and Deals 2018

Mother's Day 2018 is on Sunday, May 13. Here's a round-up of food freebies and other affordable holiday deals for moms.

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Mother's Day is right around the corner on Sunday, May 13. If you're still stumped for ideas on how to show the moms in your life how much you appreciate them, you’ve come to the right place.

Treating mom to dinner at her favorite restaurant is practically fail-proof. In fact, the National Restaurant Association projected that 92 million consumers dined out last year on Mother's Day. So we did some digging to find out which restaurants will be offering food freebies and specials this year. Keep in mind that if dining out on Mother's Day is the plan, you'll want to check with the restaurant in advance to see if a reservation is required, advises Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst with "Places will likely be super busy. It will make your life easier if you know what's going on ahead of time," she says.

We also found deals on floral arrangements and tech gadgets for moms. Read on to see where you can find them:

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Mother's Day 2018 Food Freebies and Specials

Select Alamo Drafthouse Cinema theaters will be showing mom-friendly films such as "Mrs. Doubtfire " and "The Sound of Music. " Movie tickets come with a Mother's Day brunch with wine pairings and range in price from $27 to $70.

At Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar, moms eat free with the purchase of a full-priced entrée. The free meal must be of equal or lesser price value.

Carrabba's Italian Grill will be offering a special Mother's Day menu starting May 11 that includes family-style (serves 5) and single serving entrée options, as well as dessert.

Treat mom to LaMar's Donuts and Coffee and she'll receive a free red velvet cake donut or any donut with a hole and a small coffee.

It's Mother's Day with a twist. Take her to Medieval Times where moms get free admission with the purchase of full-priced adult ticket ($59.95). The themed dinner theater is offering upgrade packages for moms that include a queen's sash, a souvenir glass of champagne or mimosa and a framed photo for an extra $20.

Mimi's Café has a special three-course menu, which includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert that's available on Mother's Day starting at 11 a.m. Prices start at $18.99 for adults and $8.99 (with a drink) for kids.

Dine-in at Shoney's for a free slice of strawberry pie.

Take the family to Spaghetti Warehouse where mom will receive a voucher that's good for one free lasagna entrée on her next visit.

Moms get a free six-ounce cup of fro-yo at TCBY.

At Wienerschnitzel, moms eat free on May 13. Get a chili dog meal that comes with a small fry and small soda.

Other Mother's Day 2018 Deals

Is your mom a techie? Get $100 off on an Apple iPad Pro or $150 off on a Macbook Air by shopping the Best Buy Mother's Day tech gift guide.

Make her smile with a beautiful bouquet. Get $20 off when you purchase a floral arrangement from the special Mother's Day selection at

Place your Mother's Day flower order early at and get 20% off using promo code "MOM." Flowers must be delivered between May 9-13.

For Procrastinators

If you're looking to snag a last-minute Mother's Day deal, be sure to follow some of your mom's favorite brands on social media, Ramhold suggests. Some restaurants and other establishments may run specials the day-of and will take to their Facebook or Twitter accounts to promote them.

Andrea Browne Taylor
Contributing Editor

Browne Taylor joined Kiplinger in 2011 and was a channel editor for covering living and family finance topics. She previously worked at the Washington Post as a Web producer in the Style section and prior to that covered the Jobs, Cars and Real Estate sections. She earned a BA in journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is Director of Member Services, at the National Association of Home Builders.