How to Save Money on Easter Dinner
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How to Save Money on Easter Dinner

Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Are you the family member who typically cooks and serves Easter dinner to your loved ones? This can often include not only the people who live in your household but also extended family. How are you going to afford to feed everyone? The trick is to plan ahead and stock up. Don’t wait to do your shopping for Easter until the day before the holiday.

Plan Ahead
One way to save money on Easter dinner is to plan ahead Figure out what you will be serving for dinner, and pay attention to sales on those foods. Use your store loyalty card for extra savings.

You can’t have Easter dinner without a butter lamb! The Polish Art center has a butter lamb mold for $19.95. It takes about 24 hours to ship. It is reusable. Instead of spending money on pre-made butter lambs, make your own!

Use Coupons
The biggest part of Easter dinner is the ham! Honeybaked ham has some coupons that you can use that will help with the costs of Easter dinner. The coupons are valid through May 19, 2013. The coupons are in-store specials (which will work out great if there happens to be a store near you). They are:

* Get $3.00 off a Boneless Ham

* Get $5.00 off a Bone-In Half Ham

Now is the time to pay close attention to the weekly ads from the grocery stores that you have loyalty cards with. There will be special deals on the foods you are looking for that will be offered only to the shoppers that have the store card. You will also see sales on things like ham, eggs, butter, and dinner rolls. Check the store’s bakery for large packages of dinner rolls, cookies, and Easter cakes that are on sale.

Place an Order
Sometimes, it costs less money to place a catering order than it will to make the same foods at home from scratch. It also saves time! Here are some places to consider for catering:

Baskin Robbins will let you customize an ice cream cake. You can order one that is in the shape of a bunny or a baby chick. (There are also more traditional options if you prefer).

Boston Market has some Easter dinner catering options. Some feed 4-6 people, which would work nicely for a small family. Those of you with large families might want to check out the Banquet options. One of them serves 12 people for $79.99 – which comes out to about $6.67 per person.

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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.