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6 Ways to Lower the Cost of Your Easter Weekend

Posted by MoneyKey on April 17, 2019

For many, Easter is a harbinger for flowers blooming, warmer weather, and family coming together. But the celebration of a holiday can often come with a significant price tag. Between the cost of food for the family, holiday decorations, materials for an Easter egg hunt and more, Easter weekend can be an expensive endeavor if you’re trying to make ends meet.

This doesn’t need to be the case! You can turn your Easter weekend into a fulfilling, low maintenance holiday that won’t break the bank. Take a look at these six tips to see how.

1. Opt for Easter brunch instead of Easter dinner

Regardless of the occasion, brunch is typically cheaper than dinner. When you’re making a special meal for the whole family, gearing your Easter brunch around traditional breakfast foods instead of usual Easter fare like an Expensive ham or turkey can go a long way in maintaining a manageable food budget.

Gear your dishes around inexpensive ingredients like eggs, potatoes, and bread, and get creative in the kitchen! If you’re looking for inspiration to keep your Easter brunch delicious and affordable, check out these recipes to get you started.

2. Turn your Easter brunch or dinner into a potluck

Easter brunch meal for Easter weekend

Having a potluck is one of the easiest ways to make any large gathering more affordable for the host, and your Easter weekend is no exception. The fact that you’re hosting doesn’t mean that all of the cooking responsibilities should fall on you! Provide however many of the main dishes you’d like, and then ask some of the attendees to provide a dish of their own. Make sure you assign different categories to different people to avoid too much overlap, but still give them some creative control. For example, you may ask someone to bring a side dish, but give them the opportunity to make what they want.

While we we’re singing the praises of breakfast food earlier, that doesn’t mean you can’t score a great deal on some more traditional Easter dinner items. Keep an eye out for sales on things like ham, pork, or turkey. You may be able to find a deal that fits your budget, and you may be more willing to stretch your dollars a bit if you know that most of your Easter brunch or dinner dishes are being taken care of by your guests.

3. Take advantage of coupons and savings

If you’re looking to save on groceries in general, coupons are a great way to do it. And during an expensive holiday season, you’ll need all the savings you can get. Keep your eye out in advance for items you think you’ll need, or better yet, try to base your Easter weekend meal around items you get at a discount. You should even be able to find grocery coupons for Easter candy around this time of year.

If you really want to maximize your savings, combine your grocery coupons with in-store sales and apps designed to help you save at the grocery store. For example, with Ibotta and Checkout51, you’ll be able to scan your receipt and get money back for your purchases depending on what promotions are going on. Once you’ve accumulated a certain amount, you can cash out and start spending on your Easter weekend!

4. Save money on your Easter baskets

Easter baskets are a staple of any Easter weekend, especially if you have kids coming over. But filling up several baskets with treats and trinkets isn’t always cheap. Here are some ways to help keep your kids happy without spending a small fortune.

Easter basket for Easter weekend

Fill their baskets with things they need (or things you already have)

The needs of growing children are constantly changing. They rapidly outgrow their clothes, they lose interest in old hobbies and quickly pick up new ones, and you’re stuck trying to keep up. This doesn’t come cheap, so the last thing you or your budget needs is to add on more child-related expenses over Easter. You can help mitigate these costs by filling their baskets with things they already need. Maybe they’re due for a new pair of shoes or a new baseball glove. If you’ve already bought or budgeted for these items, giving them as gifts can be a simple way to incorporate them into your Easter ideas for kids.

Save and reuse your baskets from year to year

If you accidentally threw out or misplaced your Easter baskets from the year before, there’s no need to go out and buy expensive ones. Either get creative with some household items or get a few inexpensive ones at the dollar store and be sure to save them for next year.

5. Don’t break the bank on your children’s Easter outfits

For many parents hosting a large family gathering on Easter weekend, you’ll want your kids looking their best for the big day. But gearing your children in upscale clothing can get pricey, especially when these clothes don’t get worn very often. Outside of sifting through thrift stores, consider these tips to keep your kids looking well-dressed without breaking the bank on clothes that they’ll likely outgrow in no time.

Borrow from others

If you have friends, co-workers, or neighbors with kids that are a little older than yours, don’t hesitate to ask them if they have any nice clothing lying around that their kids have outgrown. Ask them if you can borrow them, or even offer to buy them for a few dollars. They may even have other clothes they’re ready to donate that you can take off their hands!

Dig through clearance racks

They’re a great place to start when you’re looking for special clothes for any occasion. Head to your favorite stores and start in the clearance section. You may find a heavily discounted outfit that’ll work perfectly for your kids’ Easter weekend You won’t have as much choice, but you’ll still be able to have your children looking sharp without breaking the bank.

6. Be smart about your Easter décor  

plants in a vase for Easter weekend

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the holidays is to get into the festive spirit, and this often means decorating your space for the occasion. While being festive is fun, it can make your Easter weekend pricier than you’d like. But it doesn’t have to!

Start at the dollar store and look for table covers, cups, paper plates, and whatever else you may need. They may even have some Easter themed decorations for much cheaper than you’d find anywhere else. Look for some festive napkins or a simple wide ribbon to run down the center of your table. Fill up a basket with the eggs that your children have decorated and use them as the centerpiece to your table. Check out these cheap Easter decoration ideas for more inspiration!

If you’re seriously trying to cut back on your Easter weekend decorations, challenge yourself to get all of your decorating done without spending a dime! You’ll have to search through your house to re-purpose certain items, but may find it to be an enjoyable challenge that also helps you save. Find an old tablecloth you haven’t used in a while, dust off any old china you may have lying around, and get creative with household items.

Don’t let your budget stop you from having a great Easter weekend

While the holidays are meant to be an occasion to look forward to, the associated cost of celebrating can sometimes put a damper on your spirits. But you don’t need to break the bank to have a fulfilling Easter weekend. Try following the tips we’ve listed and be flexible. As much as you may love a traditional Easter dinner, you may find that starting new family traditions is fun for the whole family and a little easier on your budget.

What do you do to cut back costs on your Easter weekend?


Disclaimer: This article provides general information only and does not constitute financial, legal or other professional advice. For full details, see MoneyKey's Terms of Use.

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