Dollars & Sense, Tip #6: Easter Baskets don’t have to cost a fortune!

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Growing up, we looked forward to Easter morning all year long. My mom always went all out for our baskets and it was so exciting to wake up and find them on the kitchen table over flowing with goodies! Now that I’m a mom, I LOVE filling Easter Baskets for my kids! It is so much fun and I love seeing their faces when they open all the surprises! As with Christmas, we always try to keep the main focus of the holiday on the true meaning, Jesus, but I love having this time that my kids look forward to each year the same as I did when I was young.

I know that Easter is getting pretty close and a lot of people already have their kids’ Easter Baskets ready, but I wanted to share with you how we pack our kids’ baskets. When you are filling up 4 Easter Baskets, it can really get expensive! But it doesn’t have to be.

Here are a few ideas to remember that I hope will be helpful to you!

  1. The grass for in the bottom of the basket is super cheap, but you can even save money by thinking outside the box. You could use things you have around the house. If you have a shredder, you could shred up recycled paper. You could also use tissue paper and scrunch it up.
  2. The week after Easter stores will clearance out all the Easter items so don’t forget to stock up on those ones that will keep until next Easter. Like the grass, baskets, egg dye kits, toys, etc. Last year we bought our kids new baskets on clearance for 50¢ each!
  3. Also, throughout the year I browse the clearance items at all the stores I go to and stock up on items that I may use for Easter Baskets (and even for the Christmas Shoeboxes or our kids’ Christmas stockings!). I just tuck them away in my closet. The key is to remember that you have them!
  4. Another thing I do is to look for items that have several in a bag and I can split them up between my 4 kids, like Ring Pops for example.
  5. Consider buying large bags of candy that you can put into plastic eggs. We were looking at the eggs filled with Skittles yesterday and they were $1 each, so we would’ve needed 4. Instead, we bought a pound bag of skittles for $2 and I’m going to fill plastic eggs with them. You end up getting more that way also!
  6. Make sure you check the sale papers for the Easter candy to go on sale and look out for coupons. Never buy it full price!
  7. Don’t forget that you can keep the baskets, grass and plastic eggs and re-use them each year. I store all my Easter items together in the same container.
  8. It’s always better if you plan ahead and not wait until the last minute. You end up spending more that way, just like with groceries.
  9. Set a budget of how much your going to spend on each child and try to keep track of what you’re spending.
  10. Ask your kids ahead of time what items they truly want to see in their basket so you can avoid buying a bunch of stuff they won’t even play with. I’d rather get a few things I know they want and will enjoy than to fill up the basket with tons of junk that they don’t really want.


I hope that some of these ideas may help you with your Easter Basket packing! I would love to hear from you about how you fill your kids’ Easter Baskets! Please as always feel free to comment. I hope that you and your family have a very blessed Easter!

Until next time,








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