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Best Mother's Day freebies and dining deals

Mothers give us so much that it's basically impossible to repay them. So why buy an over-the-top gift?They say the best things in life are free.

This Mother's Day, show mom you really care by just spending some time with her. Of course, some free food and a discount here or there doesn't hurt. 

According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is the most popular day of the year to dine out, with almost 40 percent of consumers planning to dine out on Sunday. But you don't have to break the bank treating mom. 

We've rounded up some of the country's best restaurant freebies, discounts and deals designed to give mom a break on the holiday meant just for her.

RESTAURANTS

Fogo de Chao - All moms dining this weekend will get a complimentary dining card for a free lunch or dinner on her next visit. The card is redeemable May 15 – July 13. 

Hurricane Grill & Wings - Get a free meal for mom with the purchase of another meal for just $8.99 at participating locations on Sunday. The offer is limited to one per table. 

Hooters - Hey, momd like wings, too! With the purchase of any drink on May 14, moms can choose from several entrees including traditional or boneless wings, a grilled or buffalo chicken sandwich or salad, or a Hooters burger-- and the food is on the house. Some locations will even be offering coupons for discounted food through early June.

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Papa Murphys - Want your mom to get away? The pizza chain is partnering with Pepsi for a Mother's Day sweepstakes, giving away a three day, two night trip to Las Vegas. The runner up will get a pretty good prize, too-- a $100 Papa Murphy's gift card. Enter here.

Pilot Flying J - Moms can get one free cup of coffee - any size - through May 20. Print this coupon to redeem. The offer is valid from May 14-20.

Romano's Macaroni Grill - Love Italian food? Take mom to Romano's this weekend and receive a coupon for a free appetizer to be used at the next visit before May 31. The eatery also is offering dinner and dessert for just $19.99 per person on Saturday and Sunday.

Ruth's Chris - The steakhouse will have a variety of Mother's Day specials for around $50. Any mothers dining this Saturday or Sunday will also receive a $25 credit to use towards a future meal. 

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Shoney's - Treat mom to Shoney's buffet on Mother's Day at locations nationwide and she will receive a free slice of strawberry pie.

Twin Peaks - Not be outdone by Hooters, this breastaurant competitor is offering moms a free entree, salad or sandwich with the purchase of another entree including Buttermilk Chicken Sliders, pot roast, an old-fashioned BLT and more. 

SWEET TREATS 

Baskin Robbins - Order a Mother's Day ice cream cake online and save $3 with promo code MOTHER. The offer is good through May 16.

TCBY - Does your mom love icy treats? Stop by any TCBY on May 14 and moms will get a free frozen yogurt. 

Don't see your favorite restaurant? Call your local eateries to check any special weekend deals.