Looking to save money? Our money savings experts are here to help. Whether you are planning a holiday party, small get-together, or trying to save money on your weekly grocery bill, Tara (Deal Seeking Mom) and Jenny (Southern Savers) share their frugal advice to keep you on budget so you can focus on the finer things in life.
Q: Between Easter baskets, decorations and the family dinner, spending can add up fast. We're on a tight budget this year, but still want Easter to feel special. What are your Easter tips for making the holiday feel bountiful on a budget?
You can put together a great Easter basket by thinking creatively. Instead of buying an expensive personalized basket, do the personalization yourself. A small paint tester container can help you add a personal touch to an otherwise generic looking basket. Skip the expensive candy and fill your basket with lots of goodies you can pick up at dollar stores like snacks, crayons, coloring books and more.
If you are planning a family gathering consider hosting an Easter brunch, which is less costly than an Easter dinner. Some of my family’s Easter brunch favorites include colorful crackers with yogurt and fruit and ham roll ups, which costs a lot less than a full ham.
Easter baskets don't need to break the family budget. We've been creating one themed basket for all five of our kids to share for years. Last year we focused on outdoor activities with inexpensive sidewalk chalk, bubbles, bouncy balls, and healthy snacks for all to enjoy and a small taste of chocolate, of course!
Plan out your Easter menu early. Then watch the sales to see if the items you need go on special.
To save on Easter baskets, use snack size bags of cookies and treats instead of individual candies. It makes your basket look full for a lot less money.
For decorations, bring the outside in. Use all the flowers that will be in bloom and put them in different size vases and containers around the house. Grouping different size containers together filled with flowers also makes a great table centerpiece, and if the flowers are from your yard this is zero cost to you!