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Easter pictures are filled with images of candy-laden baskets, children in sparkling, new outfits, and, in recent years, toys galore. Those images can put a lot of pressure on parents to create the ultimate experience. Thankfully, there are some great ways to still have a picture-perfect Easter without spending a lot of money.
Do you still have your children’s Easter baskets from last year? Dust them off and use them again. Instead of purchasing a new basket each year, make it a special tradition to use the same one. The same idea can be applied to plastic Easter eggs! Gather them up from last year and use them again. Not only will you save money, but you’ll reduce clutter!
When was the last time you used the plastic Easter grass for something other than an Easter basket? Probably never. Instead of spending money on a bag of shredded plastic this year, do it yourself. Make your own Easter basket filler by shredding newspaper. The soft paper will provide a cushion for those wrapped candies and can be recycled. Best of all, shredding your own means not spending a dime.
Easter clothes are beautiful, but they’re also pricey. See if friends or family members have last year’s dresses that they’re giving away. A hand-me down dress is just as beautiful as one purchased new and it costs a lot less!
Just Say No
There’s been a trend to make Easter a lot like Christmas in terms of gift giving. Just say no. There’s no need to purchase toys or splurge on expensive electronics. You have complete control over how much you spend and how extravagant the holiday is. Make it work for your budget.
Easter is a wonderful time to celebrate and spend time with family, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Use the strategies above to save money this year and you’ll be able to enjoy the day without added financial pressure. Make this year an Easter that’s about family, not material items.