11 Ways to Fill an Easter Basket for Cheap


Easter baskets can look cute while keeping you on a budget. Check out tips to save money on Easter goodies this year while still bringing out a cute Easter basket.

This year 2020 is one where we are all trying to stay home. If you can apply these tips you will save money and possibly not have to leave your home.

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I’m all about getting things for the best price. If you are patient you will find a deal on everything.  The Holidays are the one thing we can plan for each year. We don’t have to go broke filling a basket full of goodies!


Here are my 10 Tips to Make a Cute & Frugal Easter Basket

1.       Make a Budget for each child.

This may not seem important but it is. It is hard to resist the Easter only items at retail stores. Everything is so cute. To keep things fair for your kids and your budget set a spending amount per child. Keep it simple. Keep it in the budget.

2.       Reuse Easter Baskets.

I am surprised that some people buy new ones each year. As kids, we always had the same basket. I never thought anything of it. We do the same thing with our kids now.

3.       Reuse Plastic Easter Eggs.

Same thing here. Sure they may only be a couple dollars. But why toss the old ones when you can just wash and reuse them. This may be a great year to do your own Easter egg hunt. You can buy cheap ones from Michael’s or Walmart. They now both offer free curbside pick up.

4.       Do Not  Buy Non-essential items.

I save my store ads from the newspaper and put them in our paper shredder. You can do this now with the free Pennysavers that come to your home. ( If available)

I’m using what I already have and it still looks just as cute. If you don’t have a shredder you could use tissue paper as well. At Staples, they will shred up to 5 lbs. of paper for you for FREE! 

5.       Use Non-candy items.

Take advantage of the dollar stores and dollar areas in stores. Target has the One Spot. Michael’s has their dollar bins and so does Tops Markets! Michael’s is now offering free curb pick up too.

Sidewalk chalk, coloring books, bubbles, etc. all make great goodies. If you are able you can support small businesses through Etsy to get adorable crafts sent to your home for baskets too.

6.       Pair Candy coupons with sales.

Now is the time when coupons are available for candy. Check online, in your newspaper inserts and the store flyers. I love using this coupon database to find online and newspaper coupons.

7.       Use Smaller Baskets.

If you have a smaller basket you don’t need to fill it with non-essentials. If your budget is smaller you can make a basket look full.

8.       Buy Snack packs.

We buy the packs of Goldfish crackers and split it up among our kid’s baskets. Buying fruit snacks or any snacks in bulk at Costco or BJs is a great money saver. This is cost effective and gives you an option other than candy. Fruit Snacks are another one we use.

9.       Shop After Easter Clearance.

I have my baskets all set this year from buying the marked down Easter items at Target. I got sidewalk chalk, bubbles and coloring pages for 70% off! You will be able to do this online this year as well.

10.   Save your Halloween Candy, St. Patrick’s day etc.

Yep, this is the cheap side of me coming out. I took lots of the candy from the girls on Halloween. They were ages 1 and 3. And it’s ALL they wanted.  I may have gone a bit overboard. My brothers make fun of me for it. I meant to use it for Christmas stockings but forgot. You can freeze candy too.

Now it’s going in their baskets! You can store chocolate in the freezer. Of course, you can still get your jelly beans and what not but a couple Snickers bars, Twix etc in the basket is just fine and cost ya nothing!

If you are looking for more ways to create a budget-friendly Easter Basket browse my Pinterest Board.


11.  Use Loose Change

Have some change hanging out on the counter?  Use that and stick it in Easter eggs. Younger kids love getting money. I know I could clean out my car and have enough to fill several eggs for the kiddos!

How do you save money on your child’s Easter Baskets?


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