Ways to Make Easter Dinner Less Expensive
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Ways to Make Easter Dinner Less Expensive

Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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HoneyBaked HamHow many relatives will you be feeding on Easter? The more people you are having over, the more food you will need. Large families can find Easter dinner to be a very expensive meal. Fortunately, there are ways to make Easter dinner less expensive. Which of these tips will work best for you?

How to Save on Easter Dinner

Use Your Coupons.
Coupons are a great way lower the cost of groceries. People can get so caught up in preparing for a holiday that they forget to use their coupons when purchasing the ingredients for the holiday meal. Don’t forget to use your coupons!

Check the weekly ad for your favorite grocery store to see what deals they offer. This is the time of year when things like eggs, ham, and frozen bread dough go on sale. Browse through the digital coupons that connect to the store’s loyalty card. Give the cashier your loyalty card (or the phone number that is attached to it) and your digital coupons will automatically “ring up”.

Plan Ahead.
Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase a ham or Easter cake. Many grocery stores will take a limited amount of orders for ham. Call ahead and get yourself on the list. That will ensure that there will be a ham waiting for you at the grocery store. (It is possible that the store will sell out of ham.) Sometimes, those who place their orders early get a discount.

Are you hoping to have a lamb shaped cake for dessert? There are two ways to make that happen. One is to call your local bakery and place an order for a lamb cake. Ask if the bakery is having a sale on Easter cakes or if they are offering a discount for those who order early. The other option is to make one yourself. Which is less expensive: buying a cake from the bakery or buying the ingredients that you need to make the cake yourself?

Divide the Cost.
Turn Easter dinner into a potluck. The host should provide the ham. Other family members can bring side dishes, desserts, or beverages. One way to make a potluck a success is to plan ahead.

Give each family member an assignment of what type of dish to bring. Everyone will have the opportunity to keep their contribution within their budget. The cost of Easter dinner can be split among the entire family without causing too big of a financial burden for anyone.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.