This post may contain affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. For more information, please read my disclaimer here.
It seems like every winter month there’s a holiday asking us to spend money. It can get expensive! We’ve gone through Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, and now we are at Easter.
At this point, you may shop for convenience and assume pinching pennies at Easter is even possible. Well, it is – and having a frugal Easter is easy.
You can still stock up the kid’s Easter baskets with budget-friendly tactics. These can even be used for all other holidays around the year.
Here are the best tips for a frugal Easter that will save your family money on a tight budget
Reuse as Much as Possible from Last Year
Did you know those thrifty decorations at Christmas Tree Shops last years to come? We place them inexpensive totes, label them, and pull out the decorations every year.
Reusing isn’t just for decorations. Invest in a basket that you can use for years to come. You can also reuse Easter grass or foam each year as well.
Stop Trying to Be a Pinterest Queen
Pinterest has some gorgeous Easter baskets. Did you know they can come at a pretty hefty price to duplicate? Think about what your child needs. Do they really need a Disney princess themed Easter Basket like this?
Chances are unless you have a tween or older they won’t even notice nor care about how much effort you put into making the basket pretty.
Shopping for candy can get expensive. Use newspaper coupons or print grocery coupons on MyPoints to save even more money at Easter. They have the same coupons as coupons.com, except you also earn points to get free gift cards just for printing and using coupons!
You can also stack those coupons with rebate apps. Here are the top 5 apps to use to save even more.
If you want to save even more money through extreme couponing as a mom, here are some tips to get you started!
Shop the Actual Candy Aisle, No Just the Seasonal One
Peeps, chocolate bunnies, and jelly beans are typical staples for Easter. This year try expanding and get your child’s favorite candy or food outside the holiday aisles.
Candy tends to be cheaper in the normal candy aisle because it’s not wrapped in Easter paper or shaped like an egg. Chances are your kids won’t even notice. They’ll just be thrilled to eat candy.
Don’t want to give them candy? Here are 101 Toddler Easter basket ideas that don’t include candy.
Shop the Sales
Shopping sales isn’t just for Christmas. A lot of stores have toy deals all year round. One perfect example is Target. They recently had all Rapunzel doll items and a Disney princess set both on sale for almost 50% and then had a cartwheel deal for an additional 50% off.
I bought a singing Rapunzel doll for $5 (normally $20) and a set of Disney Princesses for $18 (normally $65) just 4 weeks ago. Another tip? Easter is only 3 months from Christmas. After Christmas deals can be insanely cheap, so stock up for Easter!
Stop Buying So Much
Americans spent an estimated $18.2 Billion on Easter in 2018, which equals about$150 per person. Does your child really need 20 types of candies and toys? Think about how long they played with their toys last year and how hyperactive they were after eating all that candy.
You might even have leftover candy that gets thrown out after a month or two. Buy just enough to fill the basket and watch how happy your child still is. If you feel like they’ll go through it quickly after they get the basket, follow the next tip.
Shop Holiday Clearance
Technically you can’t do this one until AFTER Easter this year, but this will allow you to have an even more frugal Easter next year. Holiday clearance can start as early as the day after a holiday.
Some stores might even clearance items before the holiday! As it gets farther from the holiday, prices continue to drop, but so does selection.
To give you an idea, a week after Valentines Day I bought Hershey kisses for $1 a bag, a Valentines Day craft kit for $.49, bath bombs for $.39, and character themed Valentines for $.39 a piece. The candy I can use for Easter (they’re pink, purple, and blue!) and everything else will save me money next year!
Shop at the Dollar Store
The Dollar Store is a great store to shop for Easter. They sell all the essentials like bubbles, paint, food, and more. Forget those $7 bunny ears and save $6 by buying them at the dollar store.
They even sell Easter grass and baskets! I go there every year before I start Easter shopping to see what items I can cross off my list for much cheaper.
Make Your Own Easter Treats
Stop paying $10 for a package of cookies at the local bakery and make your own! There are so many easy recipes out there to make your own sweet treats. Get the kids involved and let them decorate cut out Easter egg cookies.
Here are a few great recipes to try!
Use Crafts for Decorations
This one will not only save you money, but give you bonus points with the kids. Get everyone together and do an Easter craft. Here are some easy ones to make!