10 Ways to Save Money on Easter

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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.


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6 Responses to 10 Ways to Save Money on Easter

  1. Dona Collins says:

    Holy cow! One of my friends told me she spent almost $200 for stuff for her kids for Easter. She’s now a single mom and she said she just didn’t feel like she could break “tradition” of having 2 baskets for each kid. She bought movies, toys, etc. YES YOU CAN break tradition and YES YOU CAN save money. It’s not Christmas! A special treat or two should suffice!

  2. I find it interesting that Easter is such a big deal now. It really wasn’t when I was a kid (back before they invented the wheel ;). Church was the big thing because Easter was, and is, a Christian holiday.

    We always got a new outfit at Easter. My parents planned for it and it was a treat but you could count on that outfit being your “church clothes” for months afterwards, and that we would wear them for every other special occasion too.

    I don’t celebrate Easter any more so the spending thing is really not so much of an issue. I do like to treat the kids in my life to a little something-something though, preferably not candy. I’ve found colouring pages to be a popular choice for the littles especially when accompanied by a big box of crayons or new markers. I usually buy the bigger kids a movie pass (often purchased with air miles or grocery store bonus points) and tuck it into a plastic Easter egg. They seem happy to get these gifts and I don’t spend the earth to get them.

  3. What’s Easter without a new “Easter” outfit?!?!? It’s about the clothes you are wearing, right??? I’m kidding obviously, and this is a really solid list.

  4. Lise says:

    Wow, when I was a kid I got a chocolate egg from my grandparents and that was it. I did not get new clothes, a basket loaded with candy and toys, and I have a hard time understanding why my kids would need it now. I did buy a veggie tale dvd for the girls and I am planning on going to an event where they can do Easter craft, egg hunt and get pictures with the Easter bunny for free.

  5. Minny says:

    A chocolate egg, that is all I gave my children at Easter. It was not a huge all singing all dancing egg either, just a nice cheap egg.

    Anything else is overkill.

  6. Gailete says:

    My mom used to make us a new Easter dress, but as the other poster said, it was then my Sunday dress for church all spring and summer. Back then girls HAD to wear dresses to school so a new dress depending on fabric, etc. was always useful. I had a friend that was poorer than we were when her kids were little, yet every year for Easter her girls had a new dress, spring coat and a hat for Easter. You never saw the hat or coat again and I always wondered why she did it and where she got the money from. Obviously a throwback to when girls and women wore hats to church (protestant) when she was little, as no one else had hats but her girls. I gave up on even finding new clothes for my boys as we couldn’t afford them and they were little before yard sales were huge sources of kids clothes.

    My boys never liked hard boiled eggs so we didn’t mess with them as I didn’t have money to waste in making a bunch of hard boiled eggs and then having to figure out what to do with them all afterwards. Sometimes if I had money I would make them up a basket, but they also didn’t like jelly beans etc. so finally I would just buy a bag of Hershey’s eggs and hide the little eggs around the house for them to find. From their grandparents though they would get a chocolate bunny and this week I got to price them at the special chocolate shop that made them. They are running about $10 a piece and this was for a fairly small bunny!

    But what it all comes down to is Easter is truly a religious holiday that manufacturers have tried to turn over into yet another money maker. I prefer not to oblige them.

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