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ModMom TV – Guest Contributor
Apr 5 2017

Below are a few money-saving ideas to help you keep some golden eggs in your pocket this Easter! 

Easter Bunny Pictures. Don't hit the mall and pay a small fortune for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Instead, there are plenty of community events offering FREE pics with that fuzzy-tailed dude. Just Google "Free Easter Bunny pictures in {insert city}" and you'll probably find several upcoming fun, family events. Also, Bass Pro Shops is offering a FREE 5x7 picture with the Easter Bunny, along with FREE crafts and games and even an Easter Egg Hunt!  

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Clothing.   Instead of buying a whole new outfit, consider picking up a new accessory. Maybe a bright, colorful new tie for boys or a pastel purse or hat for girls. But if your little girl is begging for a new dress and you're a Costco or Sam's member, both stores usually have nice selections of cute, frilly dresses for less than $20. As you can see, my boys were THRILLED with the ones we found....

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Easter Candy/Food.  Instead of purchasing bags of mini, fun-sized candy, buy bulk bags of loose candy and fill plastic Easter eggs. They're fun for the kids to open and a much better value. Bake a batch of Easter sugar cookies and put them in cellophane baggies tied off with curling ribbon. They'll take up more space than most candy, and you'll feel better knowing exactly what ingredients your kids will be consuming.

Look For Sales.  Never pay full price for Easter candy! Just like with Halloween and Christmas, there are always coupons to be found and sales at the drugstores. Combine those and you'll save a bunch of money.

Don't Buy Pre-filled Baskets.  Although they're convenient, you'll easily drop $15-$30 on a generic basket that's probably filled with one toy, and 3-4 small candy items. Not a good value, in my humble opinion.  Instead, score a cheap wicker basket at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s (by using a 40% off coupon) or even check out your local thrift store or garage sale to find baskets with lots of life still left in them.

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Think Outside the (Chocolate) Box.  There are lots of great non-candy basket filler items you can find at the Dollar Store or Target's Dollar Spot. And card games are always a winner with my crew. Our all-time favorite card game is Monopoly Deal. You can play it in 15 minutes, but it's challenging and teaches strategy.

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Fill 'er Up!   Get creative with those basket filler items. You could make coupons for extra T.V. or video game time, no chores for a week, stay up late, sleep over, etc. Do you have a drawer full of free samples? Kids love those small lotions, toothpastes, lip balms and other goodies!

Hit Your Stash.  The key to really saving the most money is to have a stash of items you've picked up after last Easter and other items you've found on clearance throughout the year. I love to go "shopping" in my gift closet. It's stress-free and I know I got a good deal on everything I pick out!

Kiss My Grass.  Why spend money on that messy, plastic Easter grass, when you can make your own. You'll just need a bunch of old with newspaper or magazine pages and a paper shredder! Also, if you're filling a girl's basket, consider using cheerleader pom-poms instead or traditional grass for an extra surprise!

Create a Theme.  Use a sand pail, backpack, or any type of useful container, and make a themed Easter basket, like a "Reading" basket with gently-used books purchased at garage sales or thrift stores or maybe a "Gardening" basket with gloves, seeds, watering can, tools, etc.

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Reuse It, Don't Lose It.  Instead of buying new items every year, reuse Easter eggs, plastic grass and baskets. I have a large Rubbermaid tub in the back of a closet that contains everything I'll need to celebrate Easter. I just pull it out and I'm ready to hop on down the bunny trail!

Eggs to "Dye" For.   It's easy to make your own egg dye. Just mix 1 Tablespoon food coloring with 2 Teaspoons of vinegar in a cup. Then add three tablespoons of water and you're ready to begin coloring all those hard boiled eggs.  Also, check out out this tutorial for KOOL-AID Tie-Dye Easter Eggs. Screen shot 2014-04-03 at 4.37.21 PM  Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 7.49.54 AM  

 

Entertaining.  Are you in charge of this year’s Easter gathering? If so, instead of an expensive dinner, plan to host a brunch. Egg dishes, French toast and homemade pancakes are inexpensive and easy to prepare.  Plus, ham is always on sale prior to Easter, so throw a few hams slices in the mix and you'll have a full-blown meal.

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Plus, head over HERE and you could WIN (4) Tickets to AT&T Stadium Eggstravaganza!

It's is going to be a great family event where you can tour the Dallas Cowboys locker room, Cheerleader locker room, the post-game press room and Miller Lite Club, and get to play on the the field. Plus, there will be a TON of cool raffles from exciting area attractions/businesses like Top Golf, LEGOLAND, iFly and MORE! 

 

The Coupon Crazy Mommy, Natalie Reid, began couponing as a young girl (back before it was “cool” to be frugal). Decades later, she’s still passionate about sharing deals and gets weak in the knees when she stumbles upon an awesome find.

She’s been speaking to groups and teaching couponing classes around the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex for over 10 years and is a regular contributor on WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas. In September 2012, she launched CouponCrazyMommy.com and took her numerous years of bargain-hunting experience online, with the desire to help more families save money and reach their financial goals.

Natalie is a former on-air radio personality, marketing director and event planner. But now, with three young boys at home, the biggest events she plans are stress-free grocery trips and fabulous birthday parties.