12 Great Ways to Save Money on Easter Baskets
Easter is almost here! Are you ready? If not, don’t run to the stores and mess up your monthly budget just yet! We’ve got some great ideas that will save you money this year!
Easter baskets are really fun to make if you’re making them in a way that is enjoyable, interesting, and saving money in the process. There are a lot of people who think they have to follow the standard formula for creating an Easter basket because that is how everyone else does it (“keeping up with the Joneses”). However, it makes more sense to create the baskets in a way that is frugal and budget-friendly. You don’t need to spend a ton of money to create some really amazing Easter baskets.
Tips and advice that will help you save money on Easter baskets:
- Reuse old baskets – There’s no reason you need to buy a new basket every single year. My Grandmother made my Easter basket when I was a baby and my parents used that same basket year after year. That basket has great sentimental value and it is still cherished to this day. Think about personalizing the basket with your child’s name and reuse that same basket every year.
- Use coupons for candy – A great time to buy candy is the day after Valentine’s Day. All that candy is on sale and it will still be good come Easter time. You don’t have to buy red hearts or anything Valentine’s Day looking. There’s plenty of generic candy on sale. Look for coupons to use when buying candy. The candy does not have to be so varied. A few staple items will be fine (chocolate bunny). There are a lot of people who think that they need to buy a ton of different kinds of candy for one basket, but it’s best to pick out the candy that the person loves the most. That makes the basket most personalized and special.
- Don’t buy fake Easter grass, make it – Fake plastic Easter grass is not a necessity for an Easter basket. If you must have fake grass for your baskets, try making it yourself. If you have a paper shredder to shred important sensitive documents, then you can use that to make fake grass. Just run some different colored construction paper through it and you’ll have fake colored paper grass in seconds that you can use to fill the basket before adding the candy and other items.
- Thrift stores and dollar stores are a must – Check out your local Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Target’s Dollar Spot, etc. for cheap gifts and candy. Fun Easter baskets should have a nice mix of candy and other small items that are fun for kids. A lot of these things can be bought at a discount store, and it’s much better than buying the most expensive candy possible. There is no need to overpay or go into credit card debt because you went a little crazy with the Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter shopping.
- Buy things they need for Spring/Summer – Find ways to include items your child needs. This can be as simple as school supplies, sunglasses, socks, underwear, a new hat, and a new toothbrush. This way they are getting a basket, but it’s filled with items that were on your “much-needed list” as well. A perfect basket is going to be much easier to make when you’re buying special purchases that are just for that child’s interests, such as crayons for your budding artist or a baseball for your star athlete. Kids who like things that are not going to come in a regular basket are going to get special baskets and cherish those items more.
- Use non-traditional gift ideas – Books are a wonderful gift idea that will last a lot longer than a candy bar will. Toys or Easter related items are always fun. Some other great ideas are markers, silly putty, a kid’s watch, a small doll, stuffed animals, clothes, puzzles, coloring books, Play-doh, sidewalk chalk, bath tub paint crayons, bubble bath, bubbles, hair accessories, a DVD movie, etc. You can find many of these items in discount stores like Five Below and the Dollar Tree.
- Make the most of cheap items – Get some really cheap items (like $1 or less) and fill up the basket with those things first. You’ll save a lot of money that way. Pick some items like colored chalk, bubbles, crafting supplies, water bottles, sunglasses, summer hat, bathing suit, socks, plastic eggs filled with coins and/or jelly beans, etc.
- Look in your “Gift Closet” – You may or may not have a “gift closet”; if you don’t it may be a great idea to start one. A gift closet is a place in your home that you store gifts for future events like Christmas, birthdays, weddings, Easter, etc. When you are shopping, keep an eye out for great deals and sales for items that would make great gifts. Put them in your “gift closet” (this can be an actual closet or just a storage bin or cardboard box) and save them for when you need to give out gifts for holidays and special events. It will save you time and money!
- Shop in advance – The best time to shop for next Easter is the Monday after this Easter. Candy, clothes, home decor, egg coloring kits, baskets, plastic eggs, and even that fake plastic grass that we talked about will all be 75% or more off the day after Easter. If you do purchase items for next Easter, be sure to label them and store them safely away. You don’t want all of your bargaining and deals to go to waste.
- Don’t over-decorate the basket – Easter baskets are more fun when they are not wrapped in plastic wrap or covered in a ton of ribbon. This is another expense that is not worth it to anyone, and it makes the basket more complicated than it has to be. Simple and easy is best!
- Splurge on one bigger item – Get one special item to go in the basket that they’ll really enjoy and it will last a long time. Giving every person just one cool item for the Easter season makes the most sense for people who are trying to save money. It does not make sense to overdo it, and the special item could even be an I.O.U. for later in the year that someone can look forward to using. This is a great way to make sure that the basket is going to be fun and memorable.
- For older kids – Try putting these types of items in older kids’ baskets: discount body lotions, soaps, sun block, fingernail polish, movie ticket gift certificate, iTunes gift certificate, “coupons” for getting out of a chore, healthy snacks and maybe a few “not so healthy” snacks, something new for school like a book bag or shoulder bag, clothes purchased on clearance, and lots of candy. Just because they don’t believe in the Easter Bunny anymore doesn’t mean they can’t get a few treats!