Day 23: Holiday Planning
Tomorrow is Easter. Which means lots of people will host a gathering for dinner or Easter egg hunts. It is a time to where family and friends, build memories and create traditions. As with any holiday, Easter can be expensive without conscious planning. During this holiday, people are tempted to overspend on feasts, clothes and fun filled activities. Here are some tips for a more conscious minded Easter:
If you are hosting the Easter feast, plan your menu and shop early to beat the crowds and catch various discounts. Potluck is a great idea, in order to cut costs.
Use items you already have for the table decor. Perhaps a few fresh flowers from your garden will brighten up the table.
Shop at thrift stores or local discount retailers for that special dress or suit for Easter Sunday service. Perhaps, you can add new accessories, such as gloves or a hat to add to a dress that’s already in your child’s closet.
Avoid pre-packaged Easter baskets, which are often filled with sugar and easy breakable toys. Add your own special touch and make a basket for your child. Fill it with personal inexpensive items that they value (no candy). This also keeps your child focused on the true meaning of the holiday.
Make your own dye to decorate hard-boiled eggs. If you already have food coloring in the pantry, just mix 1 tablespoon of the food coloring with 2 teaspoons of vinegar in a cup, then fill halfway with water.
These helpful tips don’t only apply to the Easter holiday. Use some of these tips and find other inexpensive ways to save money on holidays to come in 2011.
Shareeke The Conscious Spender
Just like my parents were an example for me, be an example for a child. Creating a money smart child will change the world in more ways than you can imagine.