Easter is a big deal for most South African families, and this occasion demands the entire family to take the right kind of action.
The most important and standard thing is the big lunch. Going away over the long-weekend is the policy in some households and let’s not forget eating lots of chocolate eggs… well, it’s just what we do.
But did you know that there is another way to make the holiday even sweeter? Keep the holiday sweeter by keeping the entertainment costs down; here are a few tips to help you save this Easter.
With everyone wanting to look their best, Easter outfits can be quite pricey. Especially when you have more than one child. The bill for those adorable little Easter dresses, suits and shoes is not so adorable! Save a bundle by shopping for your family’s Easter outfits at a thrift shop or consignment shop. You will often find new or gently used high quality, name brand clothing for just a fraction of the retail price.
Make Your Own Easter Basket:
You have two options, really. You could spend money buying a generic basket that you know will be discarded of once all the goodies in it have been consumed. Or, you could find a basket (or the closest thing to one) at home and make your own version of the ideal Easter basket.
If you’re going with option two, fill your homemade basket with Easter-themed items such as chocolate eggs and bunnies. You could also have a bit of fun and decorate it just how you like it. That way, you save money and make your Easter more personal at the same time.
Buy Easter Eggs Last Minute:
Buying chocolate egg’s way in advance of the holiday might help you plan Easter activities better. But waiting until the very last minute, even the day before, might mean slashed prices. Stores will need to clear stock, so it could be worth a shot.
Big Home Lunch:
You don’t have to go out for Easter lunch. Instead, stay home or pack a picnic! That way you’ll have all your favourite treats, you’ll be around a table or on a blanket with your loved ones in a more intimate setting, and you’ll save money. You may even have leftover food. (Easter’s lunchtime roast chicken becomes Monday’s chicken-mayo sandwich: it’s perfect!)
Everywhere you look, you are going to see Easter goodies for sale. Cookies, candies and cakes in pretty pastel colors, decorated with cute bunnies will be everywhere, just calling your name! Do not give in to the temptation of buying them. Instead, go home and find some recipes online or through friends and family. You can make your own homemade Easter candies and desserts that taste better and cost less than the store bought version.
The holidays can get expensive but there are still ways to save money. Use our saving tips to save money on Easter and you will still have a few rands left in your purse on Monday morning. Do you have any top tips to save money on Easter this year?