We don’t tend to think of Easter as being an expensive holiday. We tend to only really think about Christmas as a big money spending holiday. But Easter can be. Between dying eggs, fillers for plastic eggs for Easter egg hunts, and Easter baskets. Not to mention Easter dinners.
We all know that Easter isn’t all about egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. We know that Easter is about celebrating the fact that Jesus is Lord. It’s about remembering what He did for us. However, especially those of us with children, many of us still participate in the more secular fun things of the holiday. The cost of doing those can add up. If you’re on a budget, it can be a struggle to find ways to still do those fun things without breaking the bank. Here are some frugal Easter ideas that might help you.
Skip the egg dye kit
We dye eggs using the vinegar and food coloring method. It really isn’t any harder than the kits are. Plus, I bet most of us already have vinegar and food dye in our pantries.
Only dye a few eggs
It can be super tempting to dye a full dozen (or more) eggs because it’s so much fun! If you have a large family or like hard boiled eggs, go for it. But if you are like us and only one member of the family likes hard boiled eggs (me), only dye a few. I usually have Abby dye only six eggs. Fun for her and a manageable amount for me to eat before they go bad.
Hide the dyed eggs
Hear me out on this one. As a child, I always had Easter egg hunts with the eggs we dyed. Looking back, I now realize my parents just didn’t have the money to fill plastic eggs. I never knew any different. It was just as fun looking for the eggs as it was getting candy. Just don’t forget where you hide one. That could be rather unpleasant. 😉
When it comes to plastic egg fillers and Easter baskets, it can get expensive. Using coupons for candy, etc. can help stretch your budget. Easter candy coupons are really easy to come by too.
Shop the dollar stores/section
I just started getting items to fill Abby’s basket. I found the cutest little water bottle and a notepad of one of her favorite TV characters at the dollar store. I plan on checking the cheaper section of Walmart as well as another trip to Dollar Tree.
Don’t buy junk
I have made the decision to not buy a lot of junk for my daughter’s Easter baskets. There is nothing worse than spending money on a slinky or wind up toy to have it break the first day. Yes, I buy cheaper items but not junky items. I also try to buy one book or one nicer art supply to go in the basket. Those are items that are going to last more than a couple weeks and will be worth the money.
Save your child’s basket
We buy one Easter basket per kid and save it. I keep it in storage in the basement. Rather than buying a new one every year, we just keep reusing it. It may sound simple but many people don’t even think about reusing the baskets.
Just like Christmas (or any other holiday), the holiday-themed items are much cheaper when the holiday is over. We have only 24 plastic eggs right now as we only have one child. But I paid around $0.30 for all those eggs. If Abby’s basket has any mishaps this year, I’ll buy one on discount the week after Easter and put it away for next year. This doesn’t help this year, but it will help you stay frugal for future Easters.
Those are my favorite frugal Easter ideas. What are some of yours?
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