Though we're already a few months into the new year, you may not have fully recovered from the financial costs of the holidays by the time Easter swings around. And that's a shame, because Easter can actually be a surprisingly expensive holiday to celebrate.
So what do you do if you don't want to spend an arm and a leg throwing the perfect Easter party? Do you sacrifice the quality of the celebration or turn to the help of title loans? No, it simply means that you have to think outside the box in order to keep the cost down. And lucky for you, we've gathered together 7 smart and easy ways to stretch your Easter dollars.
There's a couple of ways of spending less money on candy for the egg hunt. The most effective method is to not be overly particular about what candy you buy: simply opt for off-brand candy or anything that happens to be on sale. Kids mostly won't care what kind of candy they get, as long as they get that sweet rush of sugar that it provides.
If you're the kind of person that buys gift baskets for Easter, then you already know how expensive they can be. What you don't know? How much cheaper they are if you make your own. For just a few bucks you can make your own with dollar store supplies.
You know what has more holiday appeal than even the nicest store-bought Easter decorations? Homemade ones. Hand crafted decorations have a sentimental charm that's hard to deny, and they come at a fraction of the cost. If you have kids, they're also a great way of spending an afternoon cutting and gluing them all together. Check out online DIY guides or Pinterest for thousands of ideas of what you can make.
If you're the one in charge of organizing and throwing the Easter party for your family or group of friends, then it isn't really fair for all of the financial burden of the festivities to fall solely on your shoulders. Instead of covering the cost of all the food, candy and decorations, make your party a potluck and have everyone bring either a covered dish or bag of candy to contribute to the holiday.
Some people rent bunny costumes for Easter. Don't be one of them. It's creepy, expensive, and really not necessary, especially if you are on a budget. If you simply must have an adult sized bunny walking around your party, minimize the cost by making your own costume from materials you can get from a thrift or dollar store.
Speaking of getting stuff from the thrift store, if you feel like getting a festive rabbit shirt or a new Easter outfit for you or your kids, don't buy full price. Your local thrift store often has plenty of Easter clothing for a fraction of what buying full retail costs. And if you just wait until a few days after Easter, all that holiday themed clothing and accessories will go on sale. Buy it at a deep discount and you can just store it for next year.
Holiday cards of any type always mean more when they're handmade. If you're planning on sending out any Happy Easter cards, take an afternoon and have your kids cut them out and write them on craft paper. Their scribbles and scrawls will be more heartwarming than any pre-printed sentiment you'd find on a card you purchase from a store.