By Danielle Warchol
Like most holidays, preparing for Easter can put a dent into your budget if you aren’t careful. If you have children, you probably know that buying new clothes, gifts, or other Easter accessories adds up very quickly, and can cause unexpected stress to your monthly budget. Here are a few ways to celebrate the holiday without it costing you a fortune:
Reuse Easter Baskets and Accessories
Instead of buying new items each year consider reusing items such as Easter baskets, plastic Easter eggs, or plastic grass for the baskets. If they’re in good condition, there’s no need to go out and buy a new basket every year.
As with most major commercial holidays, there will mostly likely be coupons for Easter related products. It might be a coupon for a bag of candy or for some little toys or knickknacks to put into a basket. If you’re looking to save some money on your Easter purchases, see if there are any coupons available for your local stores.
Additionally, many stores will also have Easter holiday sales. A lot of clothing stores know that Easter is one of those holidays where people rush out to buy new spring clothing. Grocery stores also like to have sales on Easter related foods such as ham, eggs, and pies. The closer it gets to the holiday, the better the sales. If you need to buy a couple of pairs of Easter clothing or some items for your Easter dinner, try to find a store that’s having a sale on the items you need.
After Holiday Sales
As you probably know, most holiday items are usually 25% – 75% off a couple of days after the holiday has passed. If you’re looking to stock up on non-perishable items for the next year, this is the time to buy them. If you need to replace you children’s’ Easter baskets or some holiday decorations, you’re bound to get them for a great discount.
Dye Eggs Without Kits
Many kids love Easter because it means the one time of the year when they get to decorate eggs. A lot of people default to buying egg decorating kits from the store, but many of those kits are composed of items you can find in your own home. All you need are a couple of bowls, containers, vinegar, food coloring, and eggs. Before you head out to spend $10 on an egg decorating kit, check to see if you have items at home. If your kids want to decorate the eggs after dying them, let them use crayons or stickers on the shell.
Don’t Buy New Clothes
There are many people who rush out to buy a new outfit for Easter dinners or events. If you’re on a tight budget, there are a couple of reasons why you should think twice about buying a new outfit. For one, are you (or your children) actually going to wear your Easter outfit again or is it only for the holiday? Do you already own something you can wear instead? If you do need to buy new clothes, consider checking out stores that are having massive sales or thrift stores.
Some people invite a lot of friends and family over for Easter dinner, and while that can be a great event to host it also becomes expensive when you have to feed an entire houseful of guests. Instead of stretching your budget to buy food for everyone, suggest holding a potluck where everyone brings a side dish. This is a great way to have everyone get involved in the dinner and it will also hopefully save you some money.
Keep Dinner Simple
Additionally, you can try to keep dinner simple instead of going all out and hosting a luxurious, expensive affair. A lot of people want to impress their guests during the holidays by serving exotic or expensive foods. But do you really need to serve scalloped potatoes with specially imported cheese? Or do you need to have 10 different side dishes even though half of them won’t even be touched? Keeping your dinner plans simple will also keep your grocery budget simple.
If you have kids, you probably know how much of a hassle it can be to try to buy them suitable gifts around the holidays. It’s not entirely necessary to buy huge gifts for their Easter baskets. You can fill the baskets with small $1 to $5 items instead. If you’re planning on handing them plastic eggs – or holding an Easter egg hunt – fill those plastic eggs with small gifts such as a couple of dollar bills or wrapped candy.
Another great way to save some money is to see what free events may be hosted in your town or city. Some local libraries or community centers offer free pictures with the Easter Bunny while others host free Easter egg hunts. Finding free Easter events can be a great way to have some family fun while also saving some money on holiday expenses.