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How to Save on Easter Eggs

April 4, 2015
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Easter eggs are an indispensable element of Easter celebrations, but sometimes these holiday staples cost more than you’d prefer to pay. Follow these tips to enjoy your Easter Sunday egg hunt without spending too much and spoiling your fun.

Look for deals

Easter sales are bountiful this season, and thankfully, many of them include deals on Easter eggs — the plastic variety, at least.

For example, discount retailer Kmart’s Easter savings include a pack of 150 Plastic Easter Eggs of assorted sizes for just $7.49. Keep an eye out for these and similar offers to ensure you’re getting an egg-cellent price.

Keep it simple

You have countless options for plastic eggs. The iconic small, fillable gifts are sold in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and designs. You already know to look for sales, but here’s our next tip: In general, the more elaborate the eggs, the higher their price.

You can minimize your cost by opting for simplicity. At Target, for instance, the Spritz Easter Eggs Assorted Color 12-Count pack costs just 89 cents. Compare this to the more elaborately embellished Spritz Easter Eggs Fashion Multi-Print 8-Count pack, which costs $5.

Skip the coloring kits

It’s not all about plastic eggs. You might be dyeing the real thing this weekend, too. Instead of buying egg coloring kits, try using items you probably already have around your house to decorate your emblematic Easter trinkets.

Add your own flair to your eggs with traditional craft supplies such as watercolor paints, markers, stickers or related decorations. You’ll get the same fun experience without spending any extra money.

Get creative with Easter grass

Here’s a great way to save on the “grass” filler that surrounds the eggs in Easter baskets:  Don’t buy it at all. Instead, make your own. Consider shredding printer paper, old newspapers, tissue paper or wrapping paper for a cost-effective alternative to traditional basket grass.

Fill them up for free

Finally, don’t spend more than you have to on the contents of those Easter eggs you snagged at a great sale price. Bags of candy can be expensive, so bake homemade sweets and treats to fill those brightly colored plastic containers instead.

Looking for more ways to save on Easter? Find our most cost-effective ideas for those on a budget here.

Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyNerd and on Google+.

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