Taking mom somewhere she doesn't want to go—Hooters, we're looking at you—is bad enough on Mother's Day. And taking her somewhere she hates solely because there's a deal is doubly bad: It demonstrates you're not only insensitive but unabashedly cheap as well.
Then again, surveys show that moms teach us a lot about money, and hopefully that includes advice on how to use it wisely in appreciation of the ones we love. If you know your mother well, you should have a good idea of what her reaction would be to being "treated" to a free meal on Mother's Day. For that matter, bear in mind that what moms seem to want most for Mother's Day may not cost you a dime.
In any event, here are the top 10 Mother's Day food freebies and deals we've spotted:
Beef O'Brady's: Moms get a complimentary meal (max $10 value) on Mother's Day.
Brickhouse Tavern & Tap: Get one free brunch entrée from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the purchase of one at the regular price on Sunday.
Church's Chicken: Order any family meal purchase from May 8 to May 10 and Church's will throw in a 20-piece of Oreo Biscuit Bites at no extra charge.
Corner Bakery: Use the linked coupon for a free six-pack of Bottoms Up Bundts with the purchase of any lunch or entrée, valid now through May 11.
Hooters: Let's hope you know your mom well enough to accurately gauge whether she'd think going to Hooters on Mother's Day would be a hoot—or be horrified and never forgive you. Some 35,000 moms have reportedly taken advantage of Hooters' freebies on previous Mother's Days, and this Sunday, moms get a free meal (up to $10.99 value) with any drink purchase.
Orange Leaf Yogurt: Moms are welcomed to an 8 oz. frozen yogurt on the house on Mother's Day.
PDQ: Moms get a free combo meal with the purchase of any kids' combo meal on Sunday.
Shoney's: All moms get a free slice of strawberry pie on Sunday with the purchase of an entrée or the Mother's Day buffet.
TGI Friday's: Half-price bottles of wine for all customers, from May 5 through May 10.
Tijuana Flats: Moms are welcomed to a free entrée at this Tex-Mex chain on Mother's Day.