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I’ve been couponing for awhile now so I’m pretty fluent in sales and how to stretch a dollar. I haven’t been much of a decorator in the past and we haven’t celebrated Easter in our house before, so my knowledge in how much Easter stuff should cost is relatively slim. I’ve been reading the circulars and applying my “good deal radar” to what I’ve found advertised. I took advantage of sales at CVS, Target and Rite Aid.
2. Thinking & Planning Ahead
CVS had sales last week on individuals Snicker eggs, Gold Emblem (store brand) jelly beans and M&M’s. I was able to get two of each candy $0.99 after tax.
At Target, I used coupons to get two packages of Crayola crayons for 42¢ each, two Disney Princess mini-figurines for $1.14 each and two books that were on sale for $5 each. I also picked up two board games (Memory and Don’t Spill the Beans) and two book bags (that will be their “baskets”) for free after coupons.
At the beginning of March, Rite Aid had a promotion for Hot Wheels making them 50¢ each. I picked up a couple up at the time and set them aside for Easter.
There isn’t much that I’m needing or wanting that I can borrow. Easter dinner is not at my house, so I’m fortunate to not have to worry about decorating much. If I decide to make “small” cheesecakes (bigger than mini-sized), then I know I can borrow smaller springform pans.
4. Making My Own
Daddy is making cookies using the M&Ms from CVS. I am making Rice Krispy Nests with cereal and marshmallows that we already have in the house. I’m not wrapping their gifts, rather using large eggs from last year to place the Hot Wheels, Princess figurines and the Snickers eggs in. Besides, I think they’ll have more fun opening the eggs (and then there’s no wrapping-paper clean-up for me!).
I’m skipping the Easter grass and instead going to cut up the comics from the Sunday paper. I’ve already paid for the paper and it’s Earth-friendly. If I do this every year (starting now), the kids won’t know any different!
5. Dual Purposing
I have cream cheese in my fridge that I bought a few weeks ago to make a cheesecake
for my husband just for Easter… I have the rest of the ingredients that the recipe calls for too, as well as baking and decorating materials. I have a bulk bag of mini-carrots that I’ll use for a dinner side dish.
After Easter, their “baskets” will revert back to book bags, for each of them to carry their own books and games when we travel places. They’re small, and the perfect size for a couple books and some crayons.
My son received a white button-up for Christmas and he’ll be wearing that for Easter services. My daughter has a super-cute spring dress that’s on the verge of being too small as a dress, but I’ll pair it with an undershirt (because it’s still chilly here) and a pair of legging’s to re-purpose the dress as a large shirt. Both my husband and I are wearing clothes from our existing wardrobe.
I purchased Resurrection Eggs from Family life this year and I plan to make these a family tradition until the kids leave the house (and then hopefully again with their kids someday!). I could have made them myself, but I chose to splurge on this one item. The quality of the carton and items inside the eggs are well worth the investment.
The books I chose for them will be added to our library collection at home for future reading.
I’m done with shopping and my total for everything is $35.11 (shipping on the resurrection eggs was $7!). While this seems a little high to me (am I too frugal?), $30 of this was for items that will be reused year after year (resurrection eggs and books) and will help keep our focus on the REAL reason for Easter. $2.50 per child for a little bit of fun and a lotta bit of love is a good deal in my book.
How does your Easter budget look? Have you considered sitting down and writing it out on paper?
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