Gift Cards Travel Welcome the Spring Season by Saving Big With Easter Sales and Money-Saving Hacks
The weather is started to warm, flower buds are appearing on tree branches, the birds are singing, and those tulip bulbs planted last fall are finally starting to bloom, this can only mean spring is finally upon us!
In addition to the beautiful weather, the arrival of the spring season also brings the Easter holiday to prepare for and many winter clearance sales to take advantage of. So once you’ve given your closet a good spring cleaning, take a peek at our Easter and spring savings guide below to take full advantage of spring savings.
For many, Easter is the first major family holiday of the new year, so I find it extra important to plan memorable festivities for my loved ones. Whether it’s cooking the perfect Easter ham to enjoy around the dinner table or organizing an exciting Easter egg hunt for the little ones, there are plenty of ways to bring the family together for the holidays. With any big celebration though, an equally big price tag can come along for the ride if you don’t carefully plan and budget. With decorations, candy, gifts, a full dinner spread, and the perfect Easter Sunday outfits to consider, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We’re here to help ease some of the burden with some tricks for saving money without sacrificing quality.
Shop the Easter and spring sales.
Easter may not be the first holiday that springs to mind when we think about great sales, but you’d be surprised to learn how many stores feature great Easter sales. Get a $5 gift card when you spend $25 or more on Easter baskets and décor at Target. Kohl’s also has a 15% of sale every year during the beginning of April, which can be a great way to pick up some new festive Easter threads or get your wardrobe ready for spring. How about 20% off your entire purchase at Pier 1 Imports? Sounds like a good way to update your dinner table with some new spring colored serving dishes for your big holiday dinner! Some other great stores that are known for Easter savings are Macy’s, Michael’s arts and crafts, and Cost Plus World Market.
Create your own holiday decorations.
Stores like Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts are a great resource for decorating inspiration. They also sell everything you need to create your own stunning centerpieces or fun household decorations, which can save a lot versus buying pre-made items. As an added bonus, both stores feature great Easter sales to cut the cost even more.
Reuse and recycle.
Reusing old decorations and supplies is not only good for the environment, it’s good for your wallet as well! So when the festivities are over, rather than throwing things away save them for next year. Those plastic eggs can last a few celebrations, and though they’re cheap, the little things do add up! Save the kids baskets and either let them use the same ones next year or repaint them and turn them into cute centerpieces for the next big dinner!
Spice up an old outfit with some new accessories.
Rather than spending a bunch on brand new outfits for Easter this year, why not spice up an old outfit with some Easter themed jewelry or accessories instead? Perhaps a festive spring hat could be just the thing to refresh an old dress. Or how about some fun spring colored tights? A new tie could be the perfect thing for any of the men in the family. For some fun jewelry, Claire’s is known for having an Easter sale on their already reasonably priced selection. They are also known for having a fun selection of accessories for kids, so you can add a splash of spring color to your daughter’s outfit as well. If you feel like being a bit crafty, both Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics are known for having good Easter sales and a wide selection of beads, flowers, ribbons, and anything else you may need to create fun Easter themed jewelry, headbands, or other accessories.
Make your own Easter baskets.
Speaking of being crafty, rather than spending the money on premade gift baskets for kids and loved ones, why not make them yourself? Once again, Michael’s and JoAnn’s are your friends here. They both carry spring or Easter colored baskets already, or just buy a plain one and spruce it up with some paint and glitter. You can even get the kids involved and let them decorate their own. Fill them with candies, inexpensive toys from the dollar store, homemade bunny-shaped cookies or rice crispy treats, spring flower seeds the kids can grow, mini stuffed animals, art supplies, you name it! You can even just gift the basket empty and send the kids on an Easter egg hunt to find the goodies for themselves.
Shop clearance Christmas and Valentine’s Day candy
Rather than waiting for the Easter candy to go on sale, plan ahead and shop for clearance candy from Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or even Halloween! Most stores that sell candy end up having huge sales on leftover holiday candy, and many don’t look super holiday specific. Valentine’s Day is especially good for finding cheap Easter candy since several items already come in pastel colors. Halloween can be great as well for finding cheap mini candy bars, perfect for stuffing in those plastic eggs. CVS, Walgreens, or Target are great places to look for discounted holiday candy.
Make your holiday dinner potluck.
If you’re planning on having a lot of people over for dinner, make the dinner potluck. Not only are you sharing the burden of the cooking, but the cost is getting divided amongst the guests as well. Most of your friends, family, and neighbors will have their own favorite Easter recipes that they can’t wait to share with the group. You may even fall in love with a few new holiday dishes! Don’t forget to keep track of who’s bringing what though so you don’t end up with three hams and no side dishes! Social media can be a great way to organize with the group and agree on who’s bringing what. Everyone can post what they want to bring and what is needed so you can all agree accordingly.
Check JoinSavvy.com for coupons for your favorite stores.
In addition to spring sales, it’s also always a good idea to check for coupons and promo codes online. Joinsavvy.com is my go-to site for saving big. You can find extra coupons for many of the stores that are already having Easter sales, stack those coupons on top for even more savings! You can also find coupons for a lot of other great stores that might not be having Easter sales otherwise. Some of my favorites for finding spring goodies, gifts, clothing, and décor are TJ Maxx, Barnes & Noble, CVS, Walgreens, eBay, and Williams Sonoma. You can find a full list of savings at joinsavvy.com to find even more shopping inspiration.
Think ahead and save big on winter items.
In addition to saving on Easter shopping, spring is also a great time to save in other ways. While doing your spring cleaning, take inventory of what you may need for the following winter. Most of us forget to do our winter shopping until the cold is already upon us, but by waiting you’re missing out on some big savings! Many stores put winter items on clearance as the weather warms up, so with a little planning ahead you can get a big head start on winter and save big bucks! Grab some new coats for the kids, remember it might be a good idea to shop a little big to make room for the kids to grow! Or how about some stylish boots for yourself? Boots may even come in handy during spring rain showers, especially in places that are still a bit cold during springtime. Winter accessories like scarves, gloves, and hats can also be scored at a huge discount. Perhaps the past winter was a little chilly in the house, you could grab a new space heater for extra help on cold days. This is also a great time to save on winter sporting goods like a new pair of skis or a sled for the kids.