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Who does not love receiving a nice and thoughtful Easter gift? I myself love it, but I prefer giving Easter gifts to my whole family. However, when you are buying presents for more people the costs can get easily piled up until you are in over your head. Lucky for me, I have got some sort of frugal chip installed in my brain, so I think twice about every purchase and make the decision only when I know it can help me save some money. To show you that saving money on Easter gifts is a piece of cake, I will share my secrets with you.
Hunt for Holiday Sales
You would be surprised just how many stores have an Easter holiday sales, it may be nothing like the Black Friday, but it is still a great chance to find good products on a bargain. Patience is the key in wise holiday shopping. The closer the holiday gets, the more will all the stores want to get rid of all of their Easter-related items, such as Easter baskets, chocolate eggs, bunnies, etc. You can even find discounts in grocery stores on eggs, ham and meat. I love to buy candies the evening before the big holiday, just to let the salesmen sweat.
Discounts, Coupons and Low Prices
I start my shopping without having a plan, and then make a list of all the affordable and discounted items, and choose from the crowd. To save some time, I usually shop online. My go to store is Prink Box because they always have some neat things on sales or unique discounted items for the entire family. Shopping online can also help you save a lot of money, especially if you search earlier and stock up on coupon codes.
This is especially useful for kids’ gifts. If your kids are anything like mine they will want some expensive gifts, and not for the sake of price, but because those are the popular items all of their friends have. A pair of socks will only cause disappointment. Last year, my husband, I, and my sister and her husband all chipped in to buy 2 gaming consoles for ours and their kids. The smiles on their faces were worth each penny, and I could have never done it all by myself.
Organize a Gift Exchange
Although this may not satisfy your need to buy gifts for everyone it is a very wise way to save some money. Plus, the kids love it. They find it very amusing when we are pulling out names from the hat and assigning “a gift buddy” to everyone. Another benefit of this way of doing your Easter shopping is that you can invest money in a more expensive gift since you are only buying for one person.
Set a Limit
It is not exactly a gift exchange, but it will help you cut the costs. I remember one year I felt so embarrassed after my friend bought me an expensive perfume and a set of makeup when all I bought for her was a novel of her favorite writer. Since then, I have decided to meet my friends and family sometime before the holiday and set a spending limit equal for each friend and family member
There is nothing more delightful than a handmade gift. Take some time to make your own Easter baskets and personalize them for each person, and trust me, they will appreciate that more than every store-bought gift. From DIY toys and eggs for kids to bathing salts, delicious jams and cookies for adults, there is no way this could go wrong.
That was it. I wish you good luck in saving money this year. Happy Easter!
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.