Tips for Celebrating Easter on a Budget

Easter is on Sunday.  Here are five tips for celebrating when money’s tight . . .

1.  Buy candy and food in bulk . . . or hit the discount stores.​  If you’ve got a big family, hit the warehouse stores like BJ’s and Costco to buy candy and food in bulk.  Also, dollar stores have affordable Easter decorations and candy.

2.  ​Don’t go overboard.  The average person is expected to spend $170 on Easter this year.  It’s easy to go overboard and end up with too much food that ends up being tossed.  ​

 3.  Think outside the basket.  You don’t HAVE to go with the typical Easter basket packed with tons of candy.  A box of chocolates or a gift card would be just as appreciated.

4.  Host a potluck​.  Easter brunch, lunch, and dinner are going to be more expensive this year with inflation at a 40-year high.  To save on the meal, make it a potluck.

5.  Reuse something in your closet.  Buying a new Easter outfit can be expensive, so give your closet another look before shelling out for new clothes for yourself or your kids.​

(AARP / National Retail Federation)