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MOTHER’S Day Countdown: The Clever Coupon Book

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 4:03 pm in Crafts.

Ribbons (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/MCT) Mother’s Day is just a week and a half away, so we’re starting our countdown of wonderful ways to celebrate Mom. Remember the little coupon books we used to do when we were kids? Each coupon was good for a lawn mowing, car washing or similar task – and our parents ended up with badly sheared front yards and streaky windshields. Well, it’s time to craft some 21st century coupon books with things us moms would really, really like to have. You know, like an extra hour of sleep on a Saturday morning. Or someone who’ll load our iPods with new music, teach us to play something other than drums on Rock Band, or give our Power Point presentations a little added pizzazz. So may we suggest a new wave coupon book, filled with projects that play to our kids’ techie strengths?

Younger kids can use Disney’s downloadable, printable coupon books, with coupons for “breakfast in bed” and “no whining,” as well as blank pages to add their own scrawled ideas. But older darlings will want to make their own out of heavy paper, ribbon and the computer skills they already use to embellish their Facebook pages and multimedia oral reports at school. Tell them to try these ideas on for size, then add their own:

  • Dear Mom, I will load your iPod with your favorite music, plus a bunch of other songs I know you’d like, if you ever listened to anything other than that oldies station.

  • I will teach you how to play Rock Band, and I promise to laugh when you call for more cowbell. Even if it’s the 14th time.
  • I will fix your Facebook page so it’s not so stark and embarrassing, help you find your friends, and – the ultimate gift – I’ll friend you.

Check back tomorrow for more sweet ways to celebrate Mother’s Day!

This post is a part of the All About Parenting “Mother’s Day” Blog Carnival.

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7 Responses to “MOTHER’S Day Countdown: The Clever Coupon Book”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Mom Blogs – Blogs for Moms…

  2. Katherine Says:

    What a great post! I would love a coupon for someone to install my Blackberry software and also to hook up the DVD/cable/VCR boxes without all those wires hanging around the room…

  3. Ashley Says:

    That was awesome! I love that craft. I wish i could have a coupon for pizza. Hey! Did anyone say pizza?

  4. Brandon Says:


  5. Susan Adcox Says:

    I have more ideas! How about a coupon for an afternoon spent troubleshooting? You could help me clean up my computer files. I’m always afraid I’ll delete something vital! Maybe you could help me figure out why my computer does some of those annoying things it does, or why the surround sound isn’t working in the upstairs TV. I’m not technologically illiterate, but I’m still in awe of how much my children and grandchildren know about these things.

  6. Janet Says:

    I enjoy your article.

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