Thrifty Tip: Make a Healthier Easter Basket

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 by Discount Debbie

Easter basket with text

It’s that time. Easter is just two weeks away. I always feel a little bit of pressure when I see all the cute pre-made Easter baskets because I grew up getting them every year… and LOVED them. Now, though, I don’t want my children to have all that sugar and all those chemicals and preservatives in a sweet little basket that I give them for what I believe is the most significant holiday of our faith. As you can see, I have issues on multiple levels! So, I think about what I can put together/make as an alternative… every year. I’m not naturally geared to make arts and crafts. So, I’m sad to say that I have often done very little.

This year I’m planning differently. I do plan on an Easter egg hunt. My plan is to place one small piece of candy and a note that reads something like, “He is risen!” inside each egg. That’s the minimum. Anyone can do that. Therefore, I can do it. 😉

Meanwhile, I’m also contemplating making a basket. A healthier one.

Here are the components I’m considering for their baskets.

1. The chocolate bunny. I remember chocolate bunnies that were solid and ones that were hollow. My goal is to find a small hollow dark chocolate bunny. If they are going to have it, it may as well be a little bit of the good chocolate. I can live with that.

2. Crème filled eggs. Crème filled eggs won’t make the cut on these baskets. Can you say, “Way too much sugar.”

3. Plastic Easter Eggs. Like the eggs in the Easter egg hunt, these eggs will contain one or two pieces of candy. Probably all natural, no preservative jelly beans from Trader Joe’s.

4. Peeps. Peeps will also not make the cut. Thankfully, my children have never had them and won’t miss them.

5. Toys. I plan to throw in some colorful whistles or flutes, or other inexpensive toys, and perhaps some sidewalk chalk.

How do you plan to make a thrifty, healthier Easter basket this year?

Thrifty Easter Baskets

Posted on March 23rd, 2012 by Discount Debbie

I have Easter on the brain. I even had a dream last night that it was Easter morning and I have forgotten to make Easter baskets for my kids. I woke up in a panic. I must get this done. The first year I did it, I spent a small fortune and it was totally unnecessary. Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years to save you money on your Easter baskets.

1. Use candy coupons. Thrifty Divas will be posting candy deals so watch for them. Don’t pay full price for Easter candy. Also, if you have leftover Christmas candy, use that. I promise your kids won’t care.

2. Skip the pre-made Easter baskets. The stuff they put in these baskets are usually not worth much and are poor quality. Skip the pre-made and go for making your own.

3. Buy your basket on clearance. So yes, this won’t help you this year, but if you don’t already have a basket from last year, make sure you snatch them up after Easter. Unfortunately you can’t keep candy for a year, but the baskets you can for sure!

4. Check out your dollar sections at places like Target and Wal-Mart. Target is especially great about themed items around the holidays. I looked today and they have a great selection of little odds and ends toys for your child’s basket.

5. Find your local Easter egg hunts. Your community and local churches probably have Easter egg hunts for the kiddos. This is a GREAT way to stock up on some candy and have fun.

6. Use real eggs vs. plastic. Call me traditional, but I just don’t like plastic eggs. Also, there is only one use of plastic eggs, but with real you can make deviled eggs or potato salad for your Easter meal.

7. Check out Goodwill or another second hand store. There is no reason you need to buy new for your Easter basket. I know stuffed animals are popular for them and at the second hand stores you can get them for $.25-$.75!

What tips do you have for a Thrifty tips for Easter baskets?

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