Easter, much like Christmas, is a great time for family and friends to gather. With many of us having more time off work, Easter can be a time of rest and relaxation – and chocolate, of course!
But if you, like many households around the world, are finding the financial pinch just a little too tight at the moment, you might be thinking how you will afford the large family meals, easter gifts and chocolate eggs at this time of year. Thinking about it now means that you have plenty of time to plan ahead – which is key to money saving!
With that in mind, here are some of our top tips for easter savings this Spring. Incorporate some or all of these tips and you’ll be sure to have a budget friendly Easter:
Make Easter Gifts and Decorations
If you aren’t particularly crafty, don’t worry! There are plenty of DIY easter cards kits in local craft stores, as well as in supermarkets and online, that provide really easy step by step instructions to make some great crafts at half the cost. For instance, you might want to make a Spring wreath for your front door. You can dry some garden grown flowers, and buy a basic template to stick them on, all costing a fraction of the cost of a ready made wreath. The hand made items are also often some of the best.
You can get many offers for easter eggs on a multi-buy deal. Check your local supermarket and when you see a good deal- grab it! Just make sure to store the chocolate in a cool, dry place until Easter. Wonga also suggests buying your chocolate easter eggs at the last minute.
Although this might feel like you are cutting things a bit fine, by leaving it til the last minute, shops will likely decrease the price dramatically. Search the aisles the night before Good Friday and you are sure to bag some fantastic deals. On the flip side of this, immediately after Easter is over is also a great time to get discount chocolate!
Check the meat counters Now
Similarly, check the lamb joints and other meat goods in the supermarket now, and freeze in time for easter. The cost of family joints of meat increases significantly the week before Easter, so getting it in now and when you see a good deal will really help. Make sure you defrost it thoroughly in the fridge the day before you are due to cook it.
Plant some seeds
Rather than buy flowers for your easter table and to decorate your house, why not plant some seeds and watch the seedlings grow into beautiful flowers. It will be much cheaper, and you will get the satisfaction out of growing some plants. Even if you have a balcony, you can do this – any outside space will do!
Easter egg hunts
You can always hide clues instead of chocolate eggs, which is much more fun (especially for older children!) You also don’t need a big surprise at the end of the hunt. Why not challenge the children to find as many items as possible (paper easter rabbits, plastic eggs.)
Make your own hampers
Hampers look very luxurious but the cost tag usually is too! Why not make your own? Start buying little bits to put in it now and then browse eBay or another auction website for a basket to house it all in. You can really find some great deals on preloved websites too. Again, if you look early enough, you’ll find some good steals.
The BudgetMom recommended getting the family together to do some baking, rather than buying an expensive easter cake. Rice Krispie treats are quick, easy and cheap to make – but are also real crowd pleasers. It is also really fun to do activities like this with the family; you can really make some memories. It doesn’t always have to be about the biggest, most expensive cake, in order to make the perfect easter.
Don’t try and reinvent the wheel
Easter is about simple things – good food and family together. It is about celebrating new life and rebirth. You don’t need to do anything too fancy, to keep up with the Jones’. You don’t need to please the people on social media. You don’t need to pay for expensive trips out, instead, go to a local park or the seaside. Why not pack a picnic or go for a woodland walk.There are plenty of free things to do which you can get just as much enjoyment out of and can really make your Easter magical and memorable.