Ways to Make Easter Dinner Less Expensive
Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 7:00 am
How 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”.
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.