Every year, the cost of goods goes up. This is especially true around the holidays. Although many people consider Christmas the most expensive holiday of the year, Easter is quickly catching up. Between preparing meals for loved ones, decorating your home, and buying gifts and eggs, Easter can have a major impact on your finances. This is especially true for parents of multiple children.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to cut costs this Easter.
Make a List – And Stick To It
Create a list before going shopping. Making a list of all the things you want and need helps keep you organized and allows you to set a budget. However, it’s important to stick to your list and avoid any “extras” if you want to save any money.
Don’t Buy Pre-Wrapped Easter Baskets
While pre-wrapped Easter baskets might look cute, you’ll save a lot of money buying the items individually to fill your basket. Creating your own baskets also helps ensure you get things you actually want. Many times, the items included in pre-wrapped baskets are poor quality and useless.
Skip the Easter Grass
Although Easter grass doesn’t cost a ton of money, little expenses add up over time. Skipping the Easter grass not only saves you money, it keeps strips of plastic from getting all over your home.
Check for coupons before visiting the grocery store to shop for your Easter meal. Chain stores often release coupons on popular food items leading up to the holidays.
Shop Online Auctions
Shopping online auctions for home décor, toys, and gifts can save you a considerable amount of money over buying the same things at your local big box store. Bidding typically starts low and bidders have the chance to get name brand products well below MSRP value.
Shopping online auctions also allows you to stick to your budget. Bidders can enter a maximum bid on everything they want. This allows the system to bid on their behalf up until the entered amount.
As the cost of everything goes up, saving money is becoming more important. Fortunately, it’s not that difficult to save money on Easter. All that’s needed is a little planning and preparation.