It seems like every year holiday spending consistently increases; however, the National Retail Federation predicts that the average American consumer will spend approximately the same amount on Easter as last year: $145.13. This estimated budget includes everything from marshmallow Peeps and grass to fill the Easter baskets to the large meal that will feed your family to the new pastel colored outfits your family will adorn this Easter Sunday.
In order to adhere to whatever budget you set for the holiday, follow these thrifty tips:
- Reuse your Easter baskets from last year. If you do need to purchase baskets, first try yard sales and thrift stores.
- Hit the dollar store. Avoid pre-packaged Easter baskets as they are usually outrageously overpriced. Begin building your own baskets at the dollar store. In the spring and especially around Easter time, the dollar store is a destination spot for small toys and candy on a budget. Aside from basket fillers, check the dollar store for decorations and paperware such as plates, cups, utensils, etc. Follow Janice’s tips for dollar store shopping all year round.
- Save on travel. If you must travel this Easter, be sure to book early or consider cost-conscious options such as public transportation and carpools. Review our tips for saving on holiday travel.
- As always, shop sales and coupons. Begin looking for Easter sales and coupons as early as three weeks before to score the best deals on candy, clothes, and food.
- Shop discount retailers. If you must purchase new outfits for you and your family for Easter, first try discount retailers such as Marshall’s and TJ Maxx. Again, keep your eye out for coupons from your favorite retailers in advance to get the most savings. Also consider shopping at secondhand and thrift stores.
- Strategically meal plan. Consider starting an after church Easter brunch tradition instead of a dinner. A brunch can be much cheaper and just as scrumptious. Also be sure to make a detailed list of the ingredients you need and find the store(s) with the best deals.
- Create your own dye for Easter egg decorating. Chances are you already have food coloring in your cupboard. Mix one tablespoon of food coloring with two teaspoons of vinegar in a cup and fill halfway with water, and voila! Also, don’t let those eggs go to waste. Use the eggs for lunches during the week such as deviled eggs and egg salad.
How much do you plan to spend on Easter this year? How will you save money and stick to a budget?