Easter is here again! Egg Dyeing, Candy-Filled Baskets, and Easter Egg Hunts. It is a child’s dream come true, but has the potential of being a nightmare for parents. As store prices continue to rise, purchasing those expensive holiday gifts can become a financial burden on you and your family, but it doesn’t have to be. Even on a budget, you can still give great Easter Gifts, that your entire family will love. These Easter money saving tips, will help you keep some of that green in your pocket, and get you back to enjoying the holiday.
1. Fill Your Own Easter Baskets
While Pre-Filled Easter Baskets are clearly the more convenient choice, they are rarely worth the price. Children’s Pre-Filled Baskets sold in stores for $15-$30, usually consist of one toy, and 3-4 bags of fun size candy. Why pay that much for a cheap plastic toy, and a few small bags of candy, when you can purchase the contents yourself for half the price? Instead, fill your own Easter Baskets with all your child’s favorite toys and treats, purchased at your local discount stores(Walmart, Kmart) and dollar stores(Dollar General, Dollar Tree). You’ll be surprised at how much you can save.
Need a few Easter Basket Filler ideas? Save some money with these inexpensive gift choices:
Children’s Easter Baskets
Die Cast Vehicles
Dolls and Plush Animals
Art Supplies and Coloring Books
Children’s Books and Stickers
Nerf Football or Wiffle Ball and Bat
Yo Yo’s, Frisbees, and Other Small Toys
Teen’s Easter Basket
Nail Polish and other cosmetics
CD’s and DVD’s
Books and Magazines
Body Lotions, Shower Gels, and Fragrance Mists
Another Tip: Instead of purchasing bags of fun sized candy, buy bulk bags of loose candy and fill plastic Easter eggs. They will make cute little surprises for your kids, and will save you money, as well.
2. Give Homemade Food Gifts
Homemade Easter Gifts are a great way to show your loved ones, just how special they are to you. Not only does it give you the opportunity to personalize your gifts and get creative, but it can also save you some money, this holiday season. Get your family in the Easter spirit, with these cool and affordable Easter treats.
Easter Sugar Cookies: Purchase sugar cookie mix at your local grocery store, and prepare as directed. Cut out cookies, in the shapes of eggs, bunnies, and flowers for a cute Easter themed treat. Decorate with bright Spring colored icing and sprinkles.
Rice Krispies Hidden Surprise Easter Eggs: Tired of the usual candy and cookies? Try these unique holiday treats from Kellogg’s, combining rice krispies treats and chocolate m&ms. Your children will love helping you make these fun and easy Easter snacks. Find the recipe here at ricekrispies.com.
Dyed Easter Eggs: Do you have food coloring and vinegar at home? If so, don’t waste money on a special kit. Try this easy egg dyeing technique using water, food coloring, and vinegar. Pour half a cup of boiling water into a coffee cup. Add one tablespoon of vinegar, and food coloring (check the box for the number of drops needed for desired color). Stir mixture, and you are ready to start dyeing your eggs. This method will give you the same results as a pricey kit, and gives you the ability to create your own unique colors.
Another Tip- Want a healthy alternative to candy and cookies? Try Jell-O Egg Jigglers. These delicious, low calorie treats are easy to prepare and very inexpensive. All you need is a box of Jello, a Kraft Jell-O Egg Mold, cooking spray, and your set. Find the recipe here at Kraft.com.
3. Re-Use Easter Baskets and Grass
Purchasing pricey Easter Baskets for your children, other family members, and friends every year can add up quick. So, instead store the baskets after use and re-use the following year. Ask Easter Basket recipients, who do not live in your household, to bring back the basket after the holiday season, or place candy and treats in Ziploc baggies to be taken home. If you have family members and friends, who often forget or misplace their baskets, purchase cheaper baskets to be used for them. Small, inexpensive Easter Baskets and Pails, can be purchased at your local dollar store for $1-$3.
Tired of buying Easter Grass? No problem, Easter Grass can also be re-used from year to year. Just place the used grass in sealed bags or containers, and store with your Easter Baskets.
Another Tip: For those who find traditional Easter Grass to be a pain, substitute grass with strips of gift bag tissue or construction paper. This tends to be less messy, it’s more environmentally friendly, and most of us already have these items at home, so it will save you money.
4. Clip Coupons and Stock Up
Taking a few minutes, to clip coupons out of your local newspaper, or printing them off online coupon sites(Coupons.com, Smartsource.com) can save you a great deal of money. While you would think that a few cents off, wouldn’t make that much of a difference, it does indeed add up. Some stores will even double your coupons to save you even more. Be sure to check the store’s coupon policy, to understand what coupons can and can’t be used. Also, plan your Easter shopping trips, around your local stores’ weekly ads to find the best sales, and maximize your savings.
Most stores will begin marking down leftover holiday products, the day after Easter, which means great savings for you and your family. Stock up on all your non-edible Easter needs, including baskets, grass, toys, decorations, and other items, to be used for the following year. This not only saves you money, but also saves some time, by eliminating the need to buy those Easter products next year.
Another Tip: Purchase your Easter Candy, during mark down sales after Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Your sealed candy will stay fresh, and you will pay much less than you would during the Easter holiday.