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Here comes Peter Cottontail and he’s hoping toward your budget! I don’t know if you’ve looked lately, but Easter baskets? They’re really expensive, Candy and toys can all add up, and if you’re buying more than one basket? Holy smokes! They don’t have to be a budget breaker though. Check out these 5 tips for building an Easter basket on a budget and make sure your kids have a great (budget-friendly) basket!
Easter Baskets on a Budget
A few weeks before Easter, keep your eyes peeled for coupons and deals on candy. Usually, you can use the combo together to score some really great deals. As Easter approaches, watch for stores to start putting things on clearance too. If you get lucky and find those deals, you’ll score big! If you play the drug store game many of them will offer free candy with ECB, UP+ Reward, or RR back. Be sure you have the best shopping apps downloaded so you can earn rewards and rebates as well.
Related: How to Save Money on Easter Baskets
Shop the dollar stores
Dollar stores are great for picking up not only cheap candy but for small toy fillers, Easter grass ( if you choose to get it), and even the baskets themselves. Swing by and pick up what you need and chances are you can get in and out for under $10.00. I have found great activity books and outside activities at our local Dollar Tree.
Use your kitchen
Homemade treats like rice Krispie treats, Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Bars, and other goodies are perfect in an Easter basket. Bake them a day or two before and wrap them in plastic wrap. When it’s time for the Easter Bunny to make his visit, use them to fill in empty spots in your baskets.
Related: 5 Easter Basket Ideas For Babies
Use Free Gift Cards
Use Amazon Gift Cards that you earn on sites like Swagbucks to pay for Easter candy. Amazon is especially good for this and the deals you find are usually really good ones! Using gift cards instead of cash means that your budget has more money in it!
Last, but not least, if your budget really cannot handle it this year, skip the baskets. The holiday shouldn’t be about the candy, but rather family. Skip the candy and bunny and instead, spend time together doing a cheap frugal activity. We have a great list of our family's favorite board games to play, give one a try!
Easter is a time to celebrate with family and friends, and what better way to show your loved ones you care than by putting together a thoughtful Easter basket on a budget. We hope our tips have helped you get started on creating an affordable Easter basket that will make everyone happy. What are your favorite tips for putting together an Easter basket on a budget? Share them in the comments below!