Save Money on Easter Baskets

Filling an Easter basket doesn't have to empty your wallet. Use these tips to save on all your Easter basket buys.

Reuse Baskets

Easter Basket
© Flickr user Ralph Daily

Buy each of your kids a nice Easter basket. Then, reuse them year after year. It'll save you money, and become a nice tradition for your family. My kids really look forward to setting their baskets out for the Easter Bunny.

Like Easter grass? It can be reused, too. Just tuck it away till next year.

Coupon for Candy

Cut Easter candy coupons out of the paper when you see them (or print them online). Then, watch for opportunities to combine them with a store coupon or sale. With a little patience, you should be able to score several pieces of free candy for your baskets this way.

Hit the Thrift Stores

Make thrift stores your first stop for Easter basket filler. Since many of the big-box stores donate their seasonal leftovers, they're usually flush with Easter-themed stickers, toys and more.

Tip: Target often donates their leftovers to Goodwill.

Buy Things They Need

Spending money on junk isn't a good use of money (even when it's cheap junk), so focus on filling your kids' baskets with things that they need. Flip-flops, sunglasses, SPF lip balm or a new swim suit are all good options this time of year. Hobby supplies are another winner.

Make the Most of Freebies

Dig through your stash of free samples, and you're sure to find more than a few things that would work well in Easter baskets.

Tip: Watch for basket-worthy sample offers throughout the year, and you'll have oodles by the time next Easter rolls around.

Raid Your Gift Closet

Before you head to the store, spend a few minutes digging through your gift closet (you do have one, right?) for toys and goodies that would work in your kids baskets. You may just find you already have everything you need.

Shop a Year Ahead

Easter merchandise usually goes 50% off the day after Easter, and plummets from there. Shop the clearance racks for next year's Easter goodies, and you'll never have to pay full price for Easter basket items again. Just be sure to put your goodies somewhere you'll remember. You won't save anything, if you can't find your stash when Easter rolls around.

Tip: Don't be afraid to buy next year's candy during the after-holiday sales. If you check the expiration dates, you'll probably find they fall well after next Easter.