With Easter only a week away, I thought I would share with you some ways that you can save on Easter.
Retail Consumer Experience.com says, “According to NRF’s new Easter Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average American celebrating the holiday will spend an average of $137.46 on apparel, food, candy, gifts and more, slightly less than the $145.13 spent last year. Total spending is expected to reach $15.9 billion.”
WOW! Is what I say. Let’s see if we can cut that down some.
Reuse Easter Baskets You don’t need to buy a new basket every year. I bought my kids baskets when they were babies and I am still using them 23 years later. They like having their own basket. Your baskets don’t have to be big baskets. The bigger the basket, the more candy required to fill it = more money spent.
Shop for Easter outfits at thrift stores There are plenty of gently used, nice clothing at thrift stores. Why pay full price when you can get it for $5 or less? You can usually find all the accessories to go with the outfit there, too. You can even get the Easter basket there! Baskets can always be painted to make it special.
Forget the grass Easter grass is like Christmas tinsel. It hangs around forever. Instead of the grass, put some gift tissue on the bottom. $1 for a package.
Use coupons for candy Cut the cost of candy by using coupons. Also, don’t buy candy you know they won’t eat. Mine hate the traditional Easter candy. I don’t waste my money on it. I need to check and see if it is cheaper to buy candy from the “regular” candy aisle instead of the special holiday candy aisle. (I just thought of that.) I’ll let you know what I find.
Shop the Dollar Store See what candy, decorations and baskets the dollar store may have. Careful though. It is easy to overspend at the dollar store.
Useful basket Instead of all candy, put things in their basket they can use. One year I gave them all beach towels, goggles, and a pool toy. This may be a bit more expensive, but it kills two birds with one stone. Now that mine are in college, I will give them things like gift cards (for groceries and other needed items) or even put cash in their eggs. All this may not “save” me money, but I also know it isn’t wasted money. Right now, they are very grateful for the extra financial help.
Easter Dinner Let’s face it, eating out is expensive. Not to mention that the restaurants are very crowded. You can cook for much cheaper. I know, who wants to cook on Easter? Prepare the meal ahead of time and refrigerate until it’s time to cook. Go for the easy dishes. Here is our Easter menu. Don’t forget to use coupons if you can!
Here are some links a couple of the recipes I will be using.
Yummy ham! It’ s cooked in the crock pot!
Make whatever flavor cake you want. The picture above shows you how to cut it. We don’t like coconut so I leave that off. My bunny is usually brown.
I We love chocolate.
I hope this will help you to keep your costs down. What ways do you keep your Easter costs down? I’d love for you to share your ideas.
Last tip: Remember what we are celebrating. The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He LIVES! Hallelujah!