Ramona's Money Saving Tips: Easter

Ramona's Money Saving Tips are brought to you by Ocean Isle Beach!  These Easter money saving tips will help you keep some of that green in your pocket, and get you back to enjoying the holiday.

1. Fill Your Own Easter Baskets

While Pre-Filled Easter Baskets are clearly the more convenient choice, they are rarely worth the price. Children's Pre-Filled Baskets sold in stores for $15-$30, usually consist of one toy, and 3-4 bags of fun size candy. Why pay that much for a cheap plastic toy, and a few small bags of candy, when you can purchase the contents yourself for half the price? Instead, fill your own Easter Baskets with all your child's favorite toys and treats, purchased at your local discount stores(Walmart, Kmart) and dollar stores(Dollar General, Dollar Tree). You'll be surprised at how much you can save.

Need a few Easter Basket Filler ideas? Save some money with these inexpensive gift choices:

Children's Easter Baskets

Die Cast Vehicles
Dolls and Plush Animals
Art Supplies and Coloring Books
Sidewalk Chalk
Children's Books and Stickers
Nerf Football or Wiffle Ball and Bat
Yo Yo's, Frisbees, and Other Small Toys

Teen's Easter Basket

Ear phones
Nail Polish and other cosmetics
Books and Magazines
Flip Flops
Body Lotions, Shower Gels, and Fragrance Mists

Another Tip: Instead of purchasing bags of fun sized candy, buy bulk bags of loose candy and fill plastic Easter eggs. They will make cute little surprises for your kids, and will save you money, as well.

2. Give Homemade Food Gifts

Homemade Easter Gifts are a great way to show your loved ones, just how special they are to you.

Easter Sugar Cookies: Purchase sugar cookie mix at your local grocery store, and prepare as directed. Cut out cookies, in the shapes of eggs, bunnies, and flowers for a cute Easter themed treat. Decorate with bright Spring colored icing and sprinkles.  Combine g rice krispies treats and pastel m&ms. Your children will love helping you make these fun and easy Easter snacks. Find the recipe here at ricekrispies.com.

Dyed Easter Eggs: Do you have food coloring and vinegar at home? If so, don't waste money on a special kit. Try this easy egg dyeing technique using water, food coloring, and vinegar. Pour half a cup of boiling water into a coffee cup. Add one tablespoon of vinegar, and food coloring (check the box for the number of drops needed for desired color). Stir mixture, and you are ready to start dyeing your eggs. This method will give you the same results as a pricey kit, and gives you the ability to create your own unique colors.

3. Re-Use Easter Baskets and Grass

Use any basket you have around the house.  Buy the paper grass in pink, green or yellow and then re-use as stuffing in a gift bag.  You can also buy small, inexpensive Easter Baskets and Pails at your local dollar store for $1-$3.