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Frugal Easter Basket Ideas
How to save on the basket:
Many people will save baskets from year to year. This is a great idea. Saves money, time, and creates a tradition! If this is your first year buying a basket, check the Dollar Stores. If you’re looking for a nice, sturdy, specialty basket, however, you may want to wait until the POST EASTER CLEARANCE. Buy the $1 basket for THIS YEAR, and after Easter buy that extra special, durable basket that will last year after year.
Another great idea is to use something that is reusable and the kids will put to use. A sand bucket, makeup carrier, or flower pot are just a few ideas.
Candy and other treats:
- Dollar stores are great for small bags of candy and even chocolate bunnies.
- Use clearance candy that you stocked up on during the post-Valentines Day Sales (check exp dates)
- Shop EARLY and USE COUPONS
- Bake cookies shaped like eggs. Wrap in colorful plastic wrap and add to basket.
- Jelly beans can be found for as little as 99 cents per bag. Fill reusable plastic eggs with jelly beans. *make sure to SAVE the eggs for next year. Recycle, reuse!
Save on non-candy items:
- Fun and inexpensive toys and books can be found at Target’s $1 spot and local dollar stores. Stop by from time to time throughout the year to stock up, especially during clearance sales. Target will mark the $1 items down to as little as 10 cents throughout the year.
- Thrift stores are great for books and DVD’s and the prices can’t be beat.
- Buy crayons for as little as .50 at Wal-Mart and Target.
- Did you know Michaels Craft Store has a $1 section? Check it out!
- Print coloring sheets from free sites to add to the basket.
- More inexpensive toy ideas: bubbles, coloring books, stickers, cars, and stamps.