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Easter is just around the corner. I know it feels like we just got done with Valentine’s Day and now we have another holiday! Doesn’t it just seem like money just flies out the door with all these holidays? I get the feeling, but if you are frugal like me, then you know how to save. Here are 10 ways to save on Easter Baskets this year!
10 Fantastic Ways To Save On Easter Baskets So You Don’t Break The Bank!
There is no sense in spending loads of money when you make find a few ways to cut corners and be a little frugal. Check out these tips!
#1 Find those Old Baskets
They are probably under your kid’s bed or in the toy box somewhere, so start searching. There really is no point in buying new baskets because the kids really only care about what’s in them!
If you don’t have the baskets from last year, think about getting Easter buckets for this year, so they hold up for next year. When the kids take their last item out, grab those puppies and put them up.
#2 Buy Valentine Candy
Valentine candy goes on sale the day after Valentine’s Day, and you can grab up all that chocolate. The longer the candy is in the store, the cheaper it goes. Some stores have Valentine’s candy for 90% off right now. So, don’t worry about buying the Easter bunnies and Peeps. Instead, go for the V-Day candy.
Another option is to stash that Halloween candy away. No kid needs a whole pillowcase of candy, and they will probably never know the difference. It’s free candy, so make good use of it!
#3 Go to the Dollar Store
One of my favorite places to shop for Easter baskets is the Dollar Tree (EVERYTHING’s $1). If you don’t have one of those, hit up the dollar store in your area. You can fill up an Easter Basket with things like:
- Colored chalk
- Crafting supplies
- Summer Hats
- Plastic eggs
- Little Toys
#4 Make it Worth It
Instead of buying your kids pointless toys that will be broken in an hour and candy that will be gone in 10-minutes consider buying items they need instead. This is a way to kill two birds with one stone which definitely saves you money in the long run. You can get things like:
- School supplies
- A new toothbrush
- Spring or summer outfit
- Hair accessories
#5 Skip the Grass
First of all, the grass is just a mess! Secondly, the kids could care less about the grass; they want all the goodies that are in the basket. So, instead of spending extra money on grass and decorations for the basket, just fill that thing up with fun stuff.
If you really like the idea of having grass in your kid’s basket, you can make it yourself by shredding old paper you have at home.
#6 Make a Budget
This may not seem important, but once you hit the Dollar store and see all those cute Easter items, you won’t be able to stop yourself. I like to set a budget of $10 per kid, which includes the basket, the candy, and the Easter gifts. Remember, this isn’t Christmas; it’s only Easter!
#7 Check for Coupons
Now is the time that coupons for candy and Easter gifts are popping up. Before you go to the store, start looking for those coupons. One of my favorite places to score fantastic candy coupons is Walgreens.
#8 Shop Around
Don’t feel like you have to get everything all in one day or all in one place. Instead, look through the ads, look for coupons, and shop around to get great deals. For instance, if you can score amazing deals on candy at Target, then get the candy there, but if the baskets are out of your price range, head to the dollar store for those.
#9 Buy Snack Packs
If you have several kids you have to buy for, a cost-effective option is buying snack packs. They come in packages of 6 or more, so you can just divide the packets up between each kid. As long as it is food, your kids will be super happy. Also, you can usually get snack packs on clearance for $1 at Aldi and other grocery stores.
#10 Plan for Next Year
It may be too late to save a ton on Easter this year, but you can always save on Easter for next year. All Easter items go on clearance after Easter. So, head on over to your local retail store for 50-70% off Easter items. Actually, the cheapest way to buy for any holiday is to buy for the next year after the holiday is over.
Not only will you be prepared for next year, but you will save a killing planning ahead.
I’m sure you are excited to save money this year with these 10 ways to save on Easter baskets! What other ways have you found to save on Easter baskets? Tell us the cheapest amount you have spent on an Easter basket in the comments below!