Easter is on its way. It is about time to fill your baskets with goodies. However, don’t let that blow your budget. I’ve got some simple ways you can save money this year.
Easter morning. There is nothing more fun than the excitement of the kids running to find the hidden eggs and see what goodies the Easter Bunny has given them in their basket!
I watch pictures of Easter, and it feels like it gets bigger and bigger every year. But, you don’t have to follow this trend. Instead, do what you need to fill your baskets on a budget.
EASY WAYS TO SAVE MONEY FILLING ON EASTER BASKETS
Use last year’s basket
There is no need to get a new one each year. In fact, my kids save their Easter Grass as well and reuse it! If you don’t like this year’s basket, wait until after Easter and then pick one up which will become the permanent basket. That way, you can not only get what your child wants, but you will get it at a discount too!
Shop the Dollar Store
If you want small trinkets to add to your basket, Dollar Stores have a treasure trove of ideas. From inexpensive candies to small toys, you can find it all. .
Skip the pre-made baskets
The baskets at the store that filled with candy and toys are more expensive. Instead of buying one that is already built, why not create your own? Your kids and you could decorate oatmeal boxes, shoe boxes or even wicker baskets with stickers, paper, and Easter grass. Then, you can pick up a few little things to make it yourself. This way kids get what you want them to have nor do they end up with toys or candy your kids don’t like.
Go homemade on the fillers
Rather than pick up candy and other items, you could easily include homemade cookies. You could put dimes and quarters inside of the eggs. You could even make your own sidewalk chalk!
Get one big item and skip the small stuff
You could just decide to buy one larger toy and then toss a few candies into your baskets. This can make it simpler, plus you are not filling the basket with small toys that your kids may not even like. It makes sense to spend a bit more on something that will last rather than less on things which will end up in the trash or bottom of the toy box.
Don’t forget your coupons
As we march closer to Easter, there are lots of great coupons to save on your Easter candy. Match these with your store sales to get a great deal.
Make your own grass
Rather than buy the plastic grass, why not make it? Use your paper shredder and create grass out of colored construction paper. It not only saves you money but it a fun project too!
Fill the basket with things they need
Growing up, we found things such as sunglasses and toothbrushes in our baskets. These were things we needed, but we did not care.
Buy different things your kids will need such as sunglasses, socks, underwear, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hats and more. We often replace items they use, such as crayons and markers. Rather than buy them for no reason, we just turn these into Easter basket fillers.
Don’t decorate the basket
Skip the fancy ribbons and plastic wrap on your basket. Your kids will not notice and it saves you money – and the hassle! A simple basket filled with the things your kids want or need is all it takes to make them happy.
When the Easter items go on clearance on the Monday following the holiday, start stocking up! You can pick up coloring kits, new baskets, grass, plastic eggs and so much more! It’s the time of the year to replace what needs replacing and even find fun ideas for next year.
What do you do to save money on your Easter Baskets?