The Easter break is finally here and the children have just taken a break from school. For most moms, it will be the time to take a breather from all the school related expenses, but for some it is also the time to shell out money for activities the children might want to participate in while they have enough free time in their hands. Music or swimming lessons, as well as other interesting activities, may be a little bit expensive, but here are a few things you might want to bear in mind so you can scrimp this Easter break:
With Easter comes spring, bunnies, chicks, candy, treasure hunts, and . . .family pictures! In my family, we all dress up in our new Easter best and get our annual portraits. Sometimes dad is feeling especially frugal and so he’ll try to rig the camera for a nice family photo, other times we’ll chip in for a professional to take the shots, but either way we always need photo copies.
Our Christmas cards, birthday cards, photos for grandparents all come from our Easter prints and during this season there are lots of deals going on.
Easter time is about new beginnings and starting fresh. It conjures up pictures of eggs, baby chicks, rabbits, and egg hunts. It’s a time to serve, to share love, and to be with family. Children love to paint eggs and hunt for chocolate. Adults love the spring sales and savings.
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I was under the impression that spring had finally arrived until I looked out my window this morning and saw tons of snow falling down. Why is it that we always have one week in February with temperatures in the high 50’s and then inevitably we get freezing rain, hail or snow at the end of March? Well, regardless of what the weather is doing today, I know for a fact that April is less than 2 weeks away, which tells me it’s time for spring. This time of year I think of spring cleaning, allergies, Easter and being able to enjoy playing and eating outside once again. Fortunately, Walmart has everything I need for springtime.
The best time to buy items for a certain holiday is right after that holiday ends. Companies want to get rid of everything they didn’t sell and that is when you can save a lot of money. Because many people do just about the same thing every year for certain holidays, they know exactly what they’ll need for the following year. All you have to do is buy the stuff now, put it in a box labeled Easter 2012, hide it away for about 11 months and open it up when the time is right. Besides saving you money, you don’t have to worry about going to the store only to find out they’ve run out of the supplies you want. There are some things you don’t want to sit in a box for almost a year, like candy or cookie making kits, but things like decorations, clothes or baskets are good to go.
Do you ever get tired of doing the same things for holidays? My family growing up was very big on tradition and so we ended up doing the same things every year. In some ways, it was fun and nostalgic, but now that I am a parent I find myself questioning why we do certain things over and over again. I want to make sure I make great memories with my family doing the things I really want to do. When it comes to Easter, I’m not a fan of peeps, cadbury eggs or jelly beans. Instead of giving my daughter a basket full of this stuff, I’d rather make something from scratch that she could enjoy. I also don’t like the cookie cutter Easter baskets everyone gets at their local grocery store that fall apart really easily. I would rather she make her own basket, like we did last year, or find a unique one she can use each year.
I’m not naturally the “homemaker” type of person. I do like to have my house clean and I do like to cook good meals, but you’ll never find me wearing an apron, creating the perfect gift baskets for my friends or writing really cute cards for people. I don’t do what I lovingly refer to as “froo froo” things. I used to tease my older sister growing up about being so “froo froo” and having her room be matching shades of mauve. I have come to terms with the fact that I do need to be a homemaker for my children but I can do it my own way, with my own style. I love to do crafts with my daughter, but I try to find things that I can use to teach her a new skill or things that can be created by recycling something we already own. I do a lot of cooking, but most things are made to be healthy, filling and cheap, not to necessarily look really good.