I can’t remember if Easter has always been this commercialized or if I am just now noticing it because I’m a parent. I’m starting to think it has always been this way and I’ve never noticed. Pinterest has given me mini panic attacks with all the fun activities that I’m not doing with my child. Robert isn’t even one yet and I’m already feeling the pressure to do unique and interesting Easter activities with him. Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves?
Don’t worry, I’m not really going to have a panic attack. And I’ve stopped putting pressure on myself. I’m going to have a laid back and relaxed Easter weekend with these ideas to save money.
1. Reuse an old basket as an Easter basket. I refuse to buy an Easter basket. I love, love, LOVE all the cute fabric ones in the shape of animals. I also really adore the monogrammed ones. Wouldn’t Robert look good with a cute monogrammed fabric basket that he could use year after year? But I refuse to do it. All of our decorations are in storage and I can’t justify bringing more junk into our house. Let’s face it, a specialized Easter basket is junk. I love them, but it’s junk. It isn’t a necessity at all and it is a complete waste of my money. Instead of buying a new one I decided to up cycle a strawberry basket by weaving some ribbon through it. Robert seems just as happy with this one.
2. Don’t buy new Easter clothes. We didn’t purchase new Easter attire. Or shall I say, we didn’t purchase any brand new clothes. I only paid $14 for this Ann Taylor dress and I got Robert several Spring outfits for $8 each at our consignment stores. The three piece outfit is brand new with the original tags.
3. Pass on Easter candy. We aren’t buying Easter candy. Robert is less than a year. If I buy Easter candy it would be for me, not for him. There is no point for me to buy jelly beans other than cute decoration. I love decorating with jelly beans so this one has been hard for me. Remember this centerpiece from a few years ago?
4. Decorate eggs with household items. When we decorate eggs we will only use products we have in our house. There are tons of fun ways to decorate eggs without purchasing an Easter egg dyeing kit. A quick Pinterest search is all you need for inspiration. I’m thinking about doing a black and white theme this year and using a Sharpie for decorating.
5. Make Easter dinner a potluck. There is no need to go all out for Easter food. If we get together with our family or friends we will make sure to plan it potluck style so no one has the financial burden of feeding a crowd.
What are some other ways to save money around holidays? Do you do any of these things?
Here is a sneak peak at Robert’s Easter photo shoot! I’ve had a blast making him my little test subject.