Frugal and Healthy Easter Baskets
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Books, small toys and craft items can provide hours of fun for young children. Instead of filling a whole basket with candy this year, consider these ten tips to make a healthy, fun and inexpensive Easter basket for your child.
Even if you spend a little more in the short term on the gift items listed below, your children will be getting hours of fun from these types of small craft items and toys, which means that over time you will be getting more value for your money. Plus, items like books and sand toys are especially frugal purchases because when your children have outgrown them, they may still be in good enough condition to pass along to your friends or relatives, or sell at a garage sale
Some frugal Easter basket ideas include:
1. Books - stack up on used children books from garage sales, thrift shops and library book sales during the year. Keep a big stack of books stored away in a closet and then you will have some inexpensive books add to Easter baskets and Christmas stockings.
2. Crayons and a coloring book.
3. Modeling clay and some interesting mold and sculpture tools
4. For older children, balloons and a small pump to make balloon animals and sculptures.
5. A bottle of bubbles and some special wands for blowing bubbles.
6. A package of seeds, and child sized gardening gloves and garden tools.
7. Punch balls.
8. If you live in an area where it is getting warm enough to go to the park or beach by Easter, then assorted sand toys and beach balls are always a fun gift.
9. Check party stores for party favors and novelty items you can buy on sale or in bulk. One of the stores in our area has big grab bags of marked down and discontinued toys and favors for a few dollars each. When our kids were small I would buy several of these bags and use the toys for rewards extra good behavior, as special gifts on plane trips, for Easter baskets and as stocking stuffers.
10. Disposable cameras. Then spend the afternoon at the zoo or some other interesting place where your kids can take pictures.
For a few healthy treats besides colored eggs, try to add in items with some nutritional value, such as chocolate covered almonds or yogurt covered raisins.
By S. L. Simmons, editor at Always Frugal. Visit our site at http://www.alwaysfrugal.com/frugal-living.html for more articles on topics such as living on one income, ways to make extra money when you don't have a regular job, tips for cutting expenses, budgeting tips and more frugal living articles.
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