Frugal Ideas for the Easter Basket

easter basketPack those Easter baskets for less this year. Here is a list of frugal ideas you can use.

Homemade Treats

How about some easy-to-make homemade peanut butter cups or bunny-shaped homemade chewy granola bars. These recipes and more can easily be found on Pinterest. Homemade treats are not only less expensive, but they are also free from all of the chemicals that store-bought treats have.

Coloring Books

Coloring books are so inexpensive, and there are many Easter themed ones out there. The provide a nice foundation for any Easter basket and can be had for a dollar or less.

Stuffed Animals

Small stuffed animals are usually very inexpensive, and you can pick them up practically anywhere, from the Target to Dollar Tree. This time of years, there are even ones waiting to be picked up at the supermarket!

Money

My kids always like getting money in their Easter baskets. Go through your change jar and come up with pennies, nickels and a quarter or two that can be hidden in the Easter grass in the baskets. Hidden change is fun for the kids to find.

Easter Bonnets

Target has cute Easter Bonnets in pink, white and yellow for little girls. The best part? They are $1 in the dollar spot!

Flower Seeds

Flower seeds are very cheap and make nice additions to an Easter basket. If you don’t have a yard where your child can plant the seeds, make sure to include an inexpensive pot.

Sidewalk Chalk

Another inexpensive basket filler, sidewalk chalk is fun. There are many recipes for homemade versions, too, if you want to save even more money.

New Toys from the Thrift Store

Chances are that your local thrift store has a bunch of Happy Meal toys or toys from children’s meals that are still in the packages. Go take a look, and you may just find a bunch of fillers for your Easter baskets.

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About Mary Ann Romans

Mary Ann Romans is a freelance writer, online content manager, wife and mother of three children. She lives in Pennsylvania in the middle of the woods but close enough to Target and Home Depot. The author of many magazine, newspaper and online articles, Mary Ann enjoys writing about almost any subject. "Writing gives me the opportunity to both learn interesting information, and to interact with wonderful people." Mary Ann has written more than 5,000 blogs for Families.com since she started back in December 2006. Contact her at maromans AT verizon.net or visit her personal blog http://homeinawoods.wordpress.com

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