Save money on Easter this year! Some
parents spend almost as much on Easter presents and baskets as they do on
Christmas gifts. Add in the cost of brand new Easter clothing and
portraits with the Easter bunny, and you could be out hundreds of dollars on
Here are some suggestions to help you save money on Easter:
1. Do not buy brand
new Easter clothing. This does not mean your children (and you) have to wear old
looking clothing. You can get a “new to you” outfit from your local consignment
shop for much less than the retail cost. For example, most Easter dresses sell
in season for $40+, and boys clothing costs at least as much. Remember,
this is a dress that is only being worn for a few hours on one day—so don’t
spend a fortune. Or, get a dress/outfit that can be worn for special
events all summer.
Another thing to consider is buying your Easter dress for the next season after Easter this year. If you can get a new dress for $10 after Easter, and put it in the closet for next year, you will have saved a lot of cash. When it comes to shoes or sandals, buy a pair that can be worn all spring and summer.
2. Make your own dye for
decorating Easter eggs. This is really easy if you already have food coloring in your
baking cupboard. Just mix 1 Tablespoon food coloring with 2 Teaspoons of
vinegar in a cup. Then fill to the half-way point with water. Then you are
ready to begin coloring Easter eggs.
3. To save money on Easter, limit expectations for Easter gifts. When we were little, most of us received hard-boiled colored eggs, jelly beans, and a chocolate bunny. That was enough for us to be thrilled with. Have a simpler Easter this year, and do not feel as if you have to buy all sorts of expensive presents for your children. Need some good Easter basket ideas? It's easy to make some cheap Easter Baskets for kids!
4. Make inexpensive Easter baskets. Look for baskets at yard sales (sometimes they even give them away for free!), rather than spending $5-$10 for a basket at the store. For basket fillers, pick up an Easter bunny, candy, and a small toy or two at the local dollar store. For babies, put things in the basket like wipes or pacifiers.
5. Search for creative recipes for leftover ham and potatoes. Use the leftover ham for your weekly meals. The possibilities are endless: ham sandwiches for lunch, ham and bean soup, ham chili, ham and potato casserole, ham and eggs. . .