Well, frankly, you need to find the cash, because she's your mom. But if you're really so broke that you just can't pay to take her out, we've got good news: There are a few restaurants offering free meals and discounts for moms this weekend. However, as you might expect, they tend not to be fine-dining establishments.
Let's start with breakfast: Ikea is offering free coffee and breakfast (estimated value: $1.98) to moms on Sunday morning. If you want the breakfast-in-bed experience, you can bring it over to the bed section and serve it to her in the bed of her choice. The offer is good from opening to 11 a.m., and there's a limit of one free breakfast per family.
On to lunch: Texas Roadhouse, which is our favorite non-Patrick Swayze roadhouse, is offering a free side order of either ribs or grilled shrimp. The one catch: You have to be seated before 11 a.m. on Mother's Day, so hopefully mom isn't too full from that Ikea breakfast to enjoy an early lunch.
FreebieFindingMom alerts us that Hooters is once again offering free meals up to $10 in value to moms who come in on Mother's Day and order a drink. Note: Don't actually take your mom to Hooters for Mother's Day unless she has a really great sense of humor.
BeFrugal.com points out this offer from Uno Chicago Grill, which offers a free mini dessert from moms when you dine there on Mother's Day.
And if that dessert isn't enough for mom, Offers.com points out that TCBY is offering free frozen yogurt. Go into any TCBY location on Mother's Day and mom will get a free 6-ounce frozen yogurt, with all flavors and toppings included in the promotion.
Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.