Easter is a great time to gather with friends and family to celebrate the season. But it’s easy to get nickel-and-dimed into a rabbit hole when creating your springtime feast.
Here are a few ways to pinch pennies this Easter.
When asked, tell your guests what they can bring for the holiday meal. I believe the saying goes, “Many hands make light work.”
The same goes for your pocketbook. If you share the cost of the meal between many, the host will not be taking the brunt of the expense. If you are the host, don’t be afraid to accept the help. You might enjoy the day more if you are not trying to stir four pots on the stove all at once.
Ham it up
Keep in mind that many grocery stores will have a points system around the holiday to earn a free Easter ham. Many times, the points come out of the same pot and you can only have one freebie.
If you are working toward a ham, be sure not to cash in your points for a savings certificate or a gas discount.
If you don’t need the free ham, give it to a local food bank. Check www.yorkfoodbank.org for donation instructions.
After the meal, don’t waste any leftovers.
A Pennsylvania Dutch favorite, ham pot pie is a great way to use up every last bit of your Easter ham — even the bone. Find my easy recipe for “slippery” pot pie on my website.
Bunny-approved baskets are always a hit at Easter. But the cost of all the candy and tchotchkes adds up quickly. Here are some penny-pinching tips for putting together all those family baskets.
Buy candy after Valentine’s Day. 50-percent-off candy tastes just as good at Easter time — even if it is heart-shaped.
Enough with the fluff gifts. Buy items you and the kids really need. New toothbrushes, crayons, and lotions are great basket additions.
Think green for filler. Instead of buying plastic Easter grass, run colored paper — or even newspaper — through a paper shredder to create grass.
Consider buying one large item. Buy one larger gift, such as a toy, magazine subscription or theme park tickets and the fun will last beyond Easter morning.
Browse second-hand stores. These stores have great (low-cost!) items that can be used as a basket — or in the basket.
Purchase a sturdy basket. A larger up-front investment will mean the Easter Bunny can return to the same basket year after year. Or try a basket alternative, such as a helmet for your sports fan, a sand bucket for your beach bunny or a flower pot for your nature lover.
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