Can you believe Easter is almost here? It seems like we just got done with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations! I love Easter dinner because it is a nice reminder of Spring and it gives me a chance to be with those I love. While Easter dinner is not usually as expensive or complicated as other holiday meals, it still can get pricey, depending on how many folks you are feeding. Here are some tips to save money on your Easter Dinner this year.
Ways to Save on Easter Dinner
Plan your menu. Planning what you will be making can help you figure out not only what you will be having and keep it organized, but you can also see where you can use ingredients from what you already have on hand and buy shared ingredients for dishes.
Make your own rolls and dessert. Buying these from a bakery is so much more costly than just making your own. You don’t have to get super fancy either. Just make a simple cake and some easy biscuits if you are stretched for time.
If the crowd you are serving is large, do a potluck style meal. Offer to buy the largest expense, the Easter ham, and have all your guests bring assigned goodies such as sides, dessert, rolls, drinks and appetizers. This way, you don’t have to spend too much time cooking and can enjoy more time with your family as well as save everyone some money.
Make your own table décor. There is no need to run out and buy expensive centerpieces. If you have some tulips coming up, a simple bunch of them in a tall glass vase with colored glass rocks looks lovely and simple. You can also find do-it-yourself inspiration by looking on blogs and Pinterest for ideas.
For your main course, think outside the box. If ham is too expensive, maybe your local supermarkets have something else on sale such as ribs or lamb. Also, don’t just shop at one place for your main course. You may be able to get a great discount from local farmers, butcher shops and even warehouse clubs.
Skip expensive wine and make punch instead. If you really want to do wine, try using sangria as it is fruity and less expensive that wine and a great addition to an Easter feast.
Buy early or late. Many times, retailers mark up prices but make them come across like bargains on things like eggs or ham this time of year. Buy as soon as you think is necessary or wait until last minute when supermarkets will be marking down their hams in order to get them sold in time. Also, be on the lookout for coupons this time of year as well for eggs.
Buy produce locally. In many parts of the country, produce is already coming to town at farmer’s markets. You can usually get great deals at these local merchant’s tables. Also, be on the lookout for farm fresh eggs as well.
Buy in season and cook your meal around that. Produce that is in season this time of year is artichokes, asparagus, morel mushrooms, spring mix salad and rhubarb.
It’s that time of year where we start thinking about our gardens, and are actively looking for deals for items to decorate our garden with. Here are a few items to help you with ideeas for your own garden!
A curious bright-eyed boy shares a playful moment with his beloved pet turtle and a visiting butterfly joins in the fun. The light-up solar accents add a charming glow to your garden that you can enjoy after dark.
A stunning decorative piece for your garden. Made from durable glass. Includes 2 piece stand with a new 3 prong ground stake.
9.5-Inch tall Cute and Whimsical Frog Sitting Up, Smiling and decorated with flowers Garden Statue. Home and Garden Accent, Resin Stone Mix.
Beautiful Cherub Girl tends to the birds from the folding of her dress. (Dimensions: 8 x 8.9 x 13.9 inches ; 4 pounds)
This intricately detailed Powder-Coated Aluminum Grape Vine Garden Bench is an update on a vintage classic. It’s a wonderful retreat for sipping wine or enjoying a spring flower garden. Place our Powder-Coated Aluminum Grape Vine Garden Bench near a garden path or patio; it’s relaxed seating for two and a work of art on its own. Durable cast aluminum with a beautiful powder-coat finish; easy assembly. Available in Black and White. Size: 41-3/4″L x 22″W x 34″H.
Add whimsical charm to your outdoors with Gnome Tree Decor. Cold cast ceramic pieces come ready to hang on a tree, wall or fence. In the set of 2 Window Gnomes, a woman (6-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ x 3″) is calling down to a man (5″ x 5″ x 3-3/8″) who is trying to hear her.
Impressive fountain gives your garden the instant grandeur of a palace courtyard! Graceful faux granite columns and bowls feature a stylish mosaic-look trim; sculpted pineapples add a stately welcoming touch. Weight 21.3 lbs. Polyresin. Electrical Pump included. UL Recognized. May Require Additional Freight Charge 19 1/4″ diameter x 34 1/2″ high.
Decorative Art Flag.Toland Flags are made from durable 600 denier polyester and are UV, Mildew, and Fade Resistant. All Toland Flags are machine washable.
Naturally smooth river rocks offer durability and organic beauty in our Zen-inspired stepping stones. Stepping stones have a water-resistant, PVC backing that allows soil to settle between stones. Each piece is an original. Set of three. Size 14″ dia.
Things can get pretty squirrelly out there when Sammy goes to work lighting up your yard with his giant glowing acorn. Sammy is crafted of hand-painted polyresin and perches atop a wooden pole that stakes into the ground. His solar powered acorn lights up each evening to illuminate your yard.
Secret Shopping Means FREE Merchandise and Fun!
I love to shop as all of you know. However I love to get paid to shop even more! Yes I said paid to shop. Secret Shopping can be a tricky road if you’ve never done it before. How do you know what sites to trust? Here are two of the biggest signs to watch for:
1. If they ask for money up front…run…away!
2. If they even mention Western Union or cashing checks run!
There are 2 sites that I have worked with for years: (They post new shops every week)
Seriously I got paid to get my hair cut at Vidal Sassoon in Miami, go to the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, amusement parks, The Key West Aquarium, Gator Farm in South Florida, Hollywood Wax Museum in Los Angeles, eat at restaurants like Chevys, Olive Garden, Farmers Brothers, etc.
Some other shops I have done in the past include Kroger brand stores different ones across the country, Von’s/Safeway, Best Buy, Office Depot, Cato’s, It’s Fashion, See’s Candy, Godiva, major pet stores such as Petco and PetSmart, and major pizza chains (currently doing a few of these shops so I can’t tell you which ones).We have not “paid” for pizza in about a year! We order it as part of a shop, get reimbursed for full value of the pizza plus a shop fee. So we get paid for eating pizza!
There are also telephone shops where the company gives you information on a business, and you call as a potential customer, asking the questions provided by the company. These are usually smaller payments, however you can do these from your couch in your pajamas. ;). I am currently doing a few of these. The best part about these jobs is that the assignment can be on the other side of the country from you and you can still do these shops!
There are also apartment shops where you pose as a prospective apartment renter. These are fairly painless and usually offer a bigger payout (usually around $25). I just recently started doing these types of shops.
Secret shopping has allowed us to explore whatever area we are in and see some of the areas attractions and locales for FREE! There are a ton of companies out there, and not all are legit. The ones I mentioned above are legit, and are the ones that I recommend to those wishing to try out secret shopping. It’s not that hard to do, and everyone has to shop, why not get paid to do it? Any Questions/Comments?