The year is flying by and it’s almost time to prepare for Easter! As with any holiday, I like to get my shopping done early. It’s always better for your wallet when you plan ahead. Waiting until the week before or the week of a holiday is the most expensive time to shop. Stores love those desperate, last minute shoppers!
Each family celebrates Easter in a different way. Our family celebrates Easter with a big family get together at a park or at a family members home. Parks require less work, so we often opt forthat option. On Easter morning, the kids search for their Easter basket that the bunny hid for them the night before. They look forward to it every year!
If your family participates in the Easter basket tradition like we do, but dislike the high prices of those pre-made baskets, I have some money saving tips for you. And whether you fill your baskets with candy, toys, or other items, there are a few easy ways to keep the cost down, even if you’re a last minute shopper.
Frugal Easter Basket Ideas
How to save on the basket:
- Be creative and use flower pots, makeup carriers, large coffee cups, sand buckets, or other more functional items instead of the traditional basket. These items can not only serve the purpose of an Easter basket, but the kids can continue to use them throughout the year. This will save you money over time!
- Craft stores like Michaels and Joann‘s often have 40% off coupons in the weekend paper. Use these coupons to save on the larger, more durable baskets.
- Keep the baskets year after year if your kids have not outgrown them.
- Recycle. If you’re like me, you may have baskets in your home for decoration or from gift baskets you have received. Add some pastel ribbons or a little spray paint and, voila, you have an Easter basket!!
- Check local dollar stores in your area. Also check the Dollar Spot in stores like Target for small baskets.
- Are the kids in need of a new backpack, makeup case, lego container, etc? If so, use these items as your basket!!
Candy and other treats:
- Dollar stores are great for small bags of candy and even chocolate bunnies.
- Use clearance candy that you stocked up on during the post-Valentines Day Sales (check exp dates)
- Shop EARLY.
- USE COUPONS.
- My kids have a few favorite candy bars. I pick them up when they are on BOGO sales and stock up for Easter and other holidays.
- Bake cookies shaped like eggs. Wrap in colorful plastic wrap and add to basket.
- Jelly beans can be found for as little as 99 cents per bag. Fill reusable plastic eggs with jelly beans.
- Keep an eye on CVS. They often run great FREE after ECB deals.
Save on non-candy items:
- Fun and inexpensive toys and books can be found at Target’s $1 spot and local dollar stores. Stop by from time to time throughout the year to stock up, especially during clearance sales. Target will mark the $1 items down to as little as 10 cents throughout the year.
- Thrift stores are great for books and DVD’s and the prices can’t be beat.
- Buy crayons for as little as .50 at Wal-Mart and Target.
- Did you know Michaels Craft Store has a $1 section? Check it out!
- Print coloring sheets from free sites to add to the basket.
- More inexpensive toy ideas: bubbles, coloring books, stickers, cars, and stamps.
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