Saving on Easter Supplies (Frugal Friday)

Looking to celebrate Easter on a budget? Consider some of these ways to save.

Easter eggs

Easter is just days away. Chances are you may be planning for some kind of special gathering with friends and family. It might be tempting to run out and buy whatever you need, in a frenzy of activity, instead of taking the time to price match or hunt for the best deals.

That can be extremely time consuming and feel more like spinning your wheels than getting real traction on your planning. Before you kick it into overdrive, consider these options to saving on holiday supplies:

1. Determine your priorities.

Make sure you are clear on what’s most important to you. Is it a relaxing time with family and friends? Is it good food? Is it the best tablescape? Is it focusing on the spiritual significance of the day?

Figure out in advance what you want so that you don’t punish yourself — or those around you — trying to do it all. Because you can’t do it all. You knew that, right?

2. Make a meal plan.

Plan the menu for your Easter dinner, but also make a meal plan for the days in advance. If you know that the days are busy, then plan easy meals. By planning how to feed your family, you can shop more easily and economically as well as avoid take-out or expensive storebought convenience items.

(You can take your pick of easy printable meal plans that I’ve developed here on Life as MOM. This “on-the-go” plan will be perfect for this next week.)

Family picnic fruit plate

3. Consider more frugal alternatives.

Ham and potatoes are tradition for many folks, but what if your store doesn’t have a great sale on the ingredients, making that meal one that stretches your budget? Feel free to bust out of tradition and do something a little different. Why not a barbecue or a picnic with burgers and salads? Add a fun dessert to keep it festive.

If you are looking for Easter baskets, consider fun, but cheap alternatives. Plastic sandpails are only a dollar at Walmart, making them a fun vessel for gifting that can easily be repurposed for other things later.

Don’t buy egg dying kits if you’ve got a few bottles of food coloring on hand. Use what you have to dye eggs, the old school way.

4. Do-It-Yourself on a Dime.

Be sure to follow the  DIY on a Dime: Easter series which includes recipes and how-to’s for crafts, treats, and decor to help you celebrate the holiday on a budget.

Confetti eggs and chocolate-dipped marshmallows are easy and fun to do with kids, but they use regular household items. No special supplies needed.

What about Passover?

passover

For those of you celebrating Passover, be sure to visit Kosher on a Budget for recipes and great tips on saving and organizing for the holiday. There my friend Mara has been sharing a ton of information to celebrate Passover in a frugal and meaningful way.

You don’t need to break the bank to celebrate the important milestones of life. It just takes a little creativity and planning.

Got a great tip for saving at Easter?

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  1. We use the same Easter baskets over and over. Ditto for the Easter grass and plastic eggs to hide treats in. When the kids were really little, we’d just keep refilling the same eggs over and over with the same treats; all they wanted to do was find them!

  2. I always keep my eyes open for specials on egg dye after Easter. I usually pick up a box for 25 cents and put them away until the next year. And I buy the cheapest eggs possible to color. We’re not big on hard boiled eggs so they normally go to waste or the dog gets some with his meal. I spend no more than $1 for a tradition that my boys look forward to each year.

    As already stated, we reuse the same baskets each year. And our collection of plastic eggs has grown magically over the years so I haven’t purchased any new ones.

    A great frugal menu choice for Easter brunch or dinner is a strata. Eggs are always on sale before Easter and you can put any meat/cheese/veggies of your choice in the strata for an elegant but frugal meal.

  3. Happy and frugal Easter! I am one of your readers who observes Passover, and appreciate the link to Mara’s Kosher on a Budget blog. While you both stay true to your religious traditions, your blogs also have a universality that has widespread appeal.

    One thing that you both stress: Being thoughtful about holiday spending, instead of going into stores at the last minute, grabbing whatever looks good. Meal planning is truly an interfaith activity!

  4. Great ideas! I shared today some ways to have a healthier and simpler Easter – that tends to make them more affordable too – so a triple win! http://behealthybehappywellness.com/2013/03/fun-healthy-easter-ideas/

  5. I’ve just written a post about using Strawberry Grow Kits for party favors at $1 a piece! My girls and their friends were absolutely thrilled with this favor, and they’ll be great for Easter Baskets too.

    http://buyonsaleandsavethedifference.blogspot.com/2013/03/frugal-party-favors-strawberry-grow-kits.html

    Thanks for all of the other great ideas too!

  6. At the end of the season, buy one or two of those dye kits for next year, especially when they hit 75-90% off. The pellets will keep just fine!
    The clearance rack is also a great place to buy little toys for next year’s Easter baskets, provided you can hide them that long! Some toys, even bunnies, aren’t Easter-specific and make great birthday and Christmas gifts!

  7. BTW, if you happen to have some green tissue paper (for gifts) around, maybe from Christmas, you can make Easter grass from it. Just fold it over and over and cut strips off it, then cut up the strips. I learned to do this years ago because the regular ‘plastic’ grass always boggled up the brushes on the vacuum cleaner!

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