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Easter this year will be on April 21st. It might seem a bit far away right now but it is quickly approaching. And if you start planning and preparing now, you can save more money and have a more frugal Easter.
Being a frugal mom living on one income I wanted to share my best tips with you to have a frugal but fun Easter that you and your family can enjoy.
Easter Bunny pics
Going to see the Easter Bunny and getting pictures with him is a tradition for my family. Malls usually have an Easter Bunny but they cost….a lot. I just looked up my local mall and the cheapest package available this year will be $24.99 and it goes up to $49.99 (the best value they claim, um, no thanks).
To see the Easter Bunny for free we have been creative in the past. We have been able to see and get pictures with the Easter Bunny for free at a children’s consignment shop, a local grocery store and a local party store. Keep your eyes open when you are out in the community as places will normally advertise these types of events.
Easter egg hunts
It is very easy and frugal to have your own Easter egg hunt. Either in your backyard or in your house if the weather is an issue or you don’t have a yard.
Shopping at a dollar store or a dollar section of a bigger store is a great place to find plastic eggs and goodies to fill them with. We also like to fill some with change or dollar bills.
Get together with neighbors or friends and work together to pitch in and make a bigger egg hunt.
Check resources in your neighborhood. Many churches offer free Easter egg hunts. We have also been to ones put on by a nursing home, a community group of volunteers, and grocery stores.
The best resources for free activities
The place I have found to be the best resource to look for free activities such as the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunts is mom groups on Facebook. Most cities and towns have a mom group. Just search for your town name and mom (or parents) and see what groups pop up. These moms usually have lots of information about activities going in your area.
As I was writing this post I received a notification on Facebook that our local neighborhood group is putting on a free Easter egg hunt and will have pictures with the Easter Bunny for free.
Check out Facebook for local pages like the library, police department, churches, community centers, etc. Like their page but also check them out from time to time since Facebook doesn’t always send out notifications when there are new events.
Many people don’t have cable anymore but there are many streaming services that people use. Yes, they do cost money but all of the services below have a 30-day free trial. Can’t get more frugal than that.
- Amazon Prime Video comes free with your Amazon Prime Membership. If you don’t already have Amazon Prime I suggest you sign up for their free trial. You get so much more than just Prime Video. Some of the Easter movies available on Amazon Prime Video are Jesus of Nazareth (we watch this yearly), The First Easter, The New Adventures of Peter Rabbit, Here Comes the Easter Bunny, Pieces of Easter, and many more.
- Netflix currently has Peter Rabbit and Easter in Bunnyland. There will be more Easter movies released on Netflix as we get closer to Easter.
- Hulu currently has Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Hop, and Easter Parade. Hulu will also have more available once Easter is closer.
- Pure Flix has many wonderful Easter movies. Tomb of Jesus, Last Supper, Resurrection, Easter Promise, Pieces of Easter and much more.
The pretty, the fun, the messy art of dying Easter eggs is the tradition my kids look forward to the most (well, maybe tied with the egg hunt).
The first step is hard boiling the eggs. Rachel Ray has the best foolproof method I have found.
Then you need your color. Normally I buy a dye kit after Easter then they are 50-75% off. A few times I will space it, not get to the store in time or misplace it (because of moving). They really aren’t that expensive but why pay more than you need to.
There are also alternative ways of dying Easter eggs. A few of my favorite alternatives are:
McCormick has a super easy way to dye eggs with their food colors.
One year we did food coloring with whipped cream. You can also do it with shaving cream but since my kids were young I wanted it to be something they could ingest. Holly with Spend with Pennies has a tutorial of how to do this.
Have you heard of Kool-Aid Dye? I know it sounds crazy but it really works. Living on a Dime has a great post to help you make your eggs really kool!
To read some more fun, frugal ideas you can do with Easter eggs take a look at these ideas from The Spruce Crafts.
Arts & Crafts
Coloring pages are one of the things that my kids enjoy. I will print off a couple of copies of different Easter pictures. Of course, they like the cute bunny and decorative egg coloring pages but we also like to do religious ones and hang them around the house. It is a great way to teach children what Easter really is about.
Last year my kids and I tried making Peep Slime from KidsActivities.com. It actually turned out pretty good, but it dried out pretty fast. They had fun and it was a cheap activity so a win for us. We will probably do it again this year.
Easter Sunday is when to dress your best. The kids look so precious in their Sunday best. But we all know how fast kids grow. Around here we are lucky if they wear their Easter outfit more then once or twice before they outgrow it.
My favorite way to save on good Easter clothes is by purchasing them after the Easter/Spring season when they are on clearance. I usually buy a size or two bigger than what my child currently is in.
If for some reason we didn’t get anything for one of the kids the year before when they were on clearance then we like to check out the thrift stores and consignment shops in town. Many of them have one day a week or month that they discount things even deeper.
There are some sites online that are online thrift stores. The one that I like to use is Schoola. I usually check there first for back to school clothes as well. The prices are usually very reasonable.
If you do want something brand new and you didn’t get to buy anything on clearance then be sure to use a site like Ebates to get money back on your purchases. You just create an account with Ebates (they credit your account with $10 once you make your first purchase) and use their search to find the store you want to shop at and shop like normal. You get cash back in your PayPal account or a check. They send payments out every three months.
Where we use to live there was a mom’s group that held swap meets. If you don’t have a group in your area you can start one yourself. You would need a place to hold the swap with tables and then set up a time for people to drop items off. Have some volunteers help sort things by size and gender or type of item (you can do baby/kid gear and stuff too, not just clothes). Then have a time that everyone comes to shop. It is a great way to get new to you things but also pass on what you don’t need.
Holidays=Food! And lots of the yummy goodness.
You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to whip up some super cute and super yummy food. It is much cheaper to make your own then buy something store-bought, even though that would be easier, it isn’t very frugal.
Start planning early. I usually pull up Pinterest and let me 10-year-old browse the recipes. I will let her know what I am looking for and how many of each I am looking for, such as veggie dishes, side dishes, treats or desserts. Once she picks some out we will work together and narrow it down by what is easy and most affordable.
By planning early I can also keep my eyes open for sales on items I need that are shelf stable instead of running to the store a few days before and not only deal with the crowds but higher prices.
Typically we have a big family get together for either Easter brunch (my favorite) or Easter dinner. The best way to do this is to make it potluck style. It’s not only is it easier and more frugal but it saves a lot of stress and gives you more time to enjoy the day with family.
With all those hard boiled Easter eggs you now have, you can use them to make some deviled eggs. They don’t last very long around our get-togethers as they are easy finger food for either a snack or with the meal.
Something that I have been collecting for many years is chocolate molds. I get them when I see them on sale or have an event that I need them for such as a baby shower or wedding or after the holidays when they are on clearance. Even if you don’t find them on clearance, they are very reasonably priced. I will then buy chocolate in bulk and melt it down and put it in the molds and make cute little chocolate shapes. I love giving gifts of these cute chocolates that are very frugal and fun to make and they are great for Easter baskets as well.
Another fun Easter treat is these cake pops from The Spruce Eats. They are so beautiful and colorful.
My kids love these Rice Krispie Easter Eggs from Two Sisters. Super easy and frugal to make.
The baskets that are in stores already put together are overpriced as they charge you for the items and the time. It is more frugal and fun to do your own.
I typically save our basket stuff from year to year or if we need new ones I will purchase them after Easter when they are on clearance. I get everything but the candy on clearance. The baskets, the plastic eggs, the grass.
If I don’t have or can’t find something and it is just before Easter I will go to the dollar stores or the dollar section at stores such as Target.
One really cute and functional way to make a basket is by using something that is needed, such as rain boots like I Heart Arts & Crafts made, an Easter bonnet, an umbrella, a laundry basket, toy shopping cart, wagon, toy dump truck, etc. Pinterest is full of cute and creative ideas for Easter baskets.
Having two girls that love unicorns I am going to attempt to make this basket from The Keeper of the
The good stuff (the stuff inside of the basket of course) of the Easter basket can be done frugally as well. Using the plastic eggs year after year is very cost effective and there are so many small things that you can fill them with from little toys from the dollar store, coins or candy such as jelly beans, Reese’s pieces, M&M’s, or any miniature candy.
Basket stuffers are a good thing to keep your eye out for throughout the year for things on sale or clearance. I have a basket in my closet that I stash small items when I come across them for a good deal and use them for baskets, stockings or to give one of the kids when they have done a great job around the house or at school.
For other ideas of what to fill your basket with, other than candy, I have compiled this list:
- Arts and craft supplies such as crayons, gel pens, markers, colored pencils, glitter pens, glitter glue, rubber stamps and ink, paint set, glue sticks, and more
- Beauty items such as body wash, body spray, bubble bath, hairbrush, scrunchies, hair clips, make-up, and more
- Toothbrush with a character on it
- Kinetic sand or play dough which you can buy or make yourself. Earth Grown Kid Doughs sells really pretty and scented KidDough and Stockpiling Moms has a recipe to make your own cloud dough
- Gift cards
- Rain boots
- Water bottle
- Water Gun
- Pool toys
- Beach toys
- Board Games
- A jump rope
- A frisbee
- Sticker book and Stickers
- Balls (bouncing balls, soccer ball, basketball, baseball)
- Stuffed animal
- Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars
- Homemade coupon book like this one from Thrifty Jinxy
Hopefully, I have given you some great ideas to get your Easter planning started. If you have a tradition in your family or some frugal ideas, I would love to hear them. Leave me a comment below and my family can try them out as well.