Easter Baskets for Teens
Frugal Ideas for Easter Baskets
If you look forward to giving Easter baskets to your children each year but don't enjoy the high price of expensive pre-made baskets, here are some simple ideas on how to make frugal Easter baskets. Like anything else you buy, it helps to set a spending limit -- maybe $5 per Easter basket. Then have fun being creative and trying to keep within your basket budget. Our family usually reserves Easter baskets and Easter Egg Hunts for the Saturday just before Easter -- saving Sunday for church and family celebrations.
I try to shop for Easter basket fillers in advance (I use the same principle for Christmas stocking stuffers, too). You can keep a basket in the corner of a closet for storing these types of items found throughout the year. Keep an eye out for small games and toys in clearance bins at the grocery store, at dollar stores, and during any stops to thrift stores or yard sales.
The first Easter baskets in American were brought in the 1700's by German settlers
In the days immediately following Halloween, bags of candy often go on sale for half price (or less), so I'll sometimes purchase several bags of family favorites and stick them in the freezer. Frozen candy will keep quite nicely until Easter.
Small, fun items that you'll probably need to purchase for your children during the course of the year can be saved to include in their Easter baskets: crayons, felt pens, glue stick, glitter glue, novelty toothbrushes, fun-flavored toothpastes, hair ribbons, barrettes, a new hair brush, bubble bath in fun containers.
Frugal Ideas for the Basket Itself:
Frugal Filling ideas:
Deborah Taylor-Hough is the author of the bestselling Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month and Frugal Living for Dummies. She also edits the Simple Times email newsletter. To subscribe, visit Debi online at thesimplemom.wordpress.com.
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