Valdosta Daily Times

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April 13, 2014

Easter baskets on the cheap-cheap!

SAVANNAH — Next Sunday is Easter, and you know what that means? That’s right, a crafty little bunny will indiscreetly break and enter into each and every one of our homes to unnaturally lay eggs and leave us baskets full of goodies. I’m not exactly sure what Jesus, furry mammals, and chocolate all have in common, but hey, when someone wants to give me a chocolate bunny, I’m not going to argue. I just assume that rabbits are my spirit animal, and I move on with my life.

As I have gotten older, Easter doesn’t seem to have the same whimsy as when I was a child. First, there was my experience with Monty Python’s “Holy Grail.” The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog pretty much ruined rabbits for me. To make matters worse, “Donnie Darko” further killed any dangling resonance of affection. Despite my aversion to the long-eared beasts, I am still expected to participate in Easter and shower my hubby with bunny-themed gifts, just as those of you who are parents are forced to continue the charade with your children. Never the less, out of respect for your wallet, here are some ways to make it through Easter without busting the bank.

 

1. Don’t waste money on non-essentials.

Don’t feel obligated to fill your basket with stringy grass. You can make a modern basket with newspaper tissue paper, or not have filler at all. Make the gifts the filler. For example, for a woman, buy a scarf and use that to fill the basket. At least it’s something that won’t be thrown in the trash later.

 

2. The Easter basket is a marketing ploy you shouldn’t fall into.

Don’t even feel obligated to have a basket. Seriously, who wants an Easter basket? Why not make the “basket” the gift by buying a decorative box or even a jewelry box. If you have children, get them a new lunchbox that they can actually use.

 

3. Give your kids something they actually want.

Instead of giving your kids cheap toys that they will play with for like a day, give them something that they actually want like coupons. Yes, coupons! Make coupons for a no bedtime night, ice cream for dinner day, and more. This is free and will only cost you your sanity.

 

4. Buy regular candy instead of Easter candy.

Easter-themed candy easily costs double. Trust me, if you love Snickers, you’re not going to care that it’s shaped like an egg.

 

5. Necessity baskets.

For adults or teenagers, make the Easter baskets necessity themed. For example, for men, fill the basket with razors, shaving cream, socks, etc. They are things you were going to have to buy eventually anyway, and you can still throw in some fun candy.

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