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Old 03-22-2008, 04:08 PM   #1
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High Cost of Easter

Inspired by the egg thread. How much is your Easter gonna cost? Here's my breakdown:

$30 2 Polo shirts for 5yo & 2yo for pictures that the 2yo wouldn't sit for but can use them anyway
$30 for Big toy presents (Diego backpack for 5yo, Little People Easter set for 2yo)
$25 for books (easter sticker & coloring book for 5yo, 2 lift the flap easter books for 2yo)
$10 for 3 packs of egg dye kits (sparkle, egg wraps, and cars theme)
$3 for baskets from Easter Bunny ($1 buckets x 2, grass 2@$.50) Reusebaskets from last year for collecting - these are the Bunny suprise ones
$25 candy ($1 fun size M&M 8 pk, $2 peeps, $2 small bunny with eyes, $2 small wrapped bunny - bought by mistake - 5yo wants to eat the eyes LOL, $8 large bag of mini candies for class, neighborhood hunts, $5 jelly beans (2 cause DH loves them, $5 assorted candbury eggs for moi!)
$4 Plasic eggs for class/neighborhood hunts
$50 grocery bill for coloring eggs and Easter Brunch ingredients (blueberry pancakes, bacon, sausage, croissants, tortillas, fruit salad, OJ, Champagne, and of couse, eggs)
$20 for Easter Movies (Peter Cottontail 2 pk (classic & new), Mel Gibsons Passion)

Total = $200

How about you guys?
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Old 03-22-2008, 04:14 PM   #2
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WOW!! I just spent $11 on candy for 3 kids. Weather is too cold here for new clothes and we don't do presents in baskets.

I did bought food for Easter dinner but the only extra that we wouldn't normally have is a spiral sliced ham -$16.
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Old 03-22-2008, 04:26 PM   #3
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Easter dress for DD4: $40
White Easter shoes: $20
GemMagic set: $20
Candy: $10
Two Disney nightgowns from Kohl's: $40
Webkinz from the airport when we were at WDW last January: $15
Cotton dress she she saw in the Penny's catalog and asked the Easter bunny for: $15
Fruit for fruit salad for Easter brunch at MIL's tomorrow: $25
Flowers for MIL: :$20

Total: $205? Sounds like a common amount...
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Old 03-22-2008, 04:46 PM   #4
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Nowheres near that much here! I probably spent about $70 MAX for the stuff for the baskets, fruit for fruit salad, an easter dress and a new polo for me son. I didn't get much candy at all, just little stuff like easter books, swim goggles, batting gloves...
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:00 PM   #5
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Oldest DS and DD I spent a total of 50--this is a new shirt and shorts for each from Arepostale---had a great sale plus a coupon. Youngest DS and DD--14

Total--64--the outfits I would have bought anyway--just put them aside for this. Easter outfits I bought for everyone but the baby I already had from clearance in the Fall. Youngest DD is wearing the same thing oldest DD wore her first Easter.

Mom is making lunch so no cost to me.
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:36 PM   #6
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Maybe $30 for Easter goodies, and more for groceries and wine for a nice dinner party.

I skipped getting my kids new clothes this year. The Easter dresses are lovely, but it's about 30 degrees outside with nasty wind, so I didn't need to doll them up in sleeveless spring dresses this year. They'll wear something more substantial out of their closets.
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:38 PM   #7
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Clothes for the kids- $60- but they will wear them again anyway so not a total loss

New khakis for me (not a dress girl) $6 from Lands End 70% off clearance (I'll wear them again, though!)

$10 Easter egg/dye/cookie making stuff

$15 admission to the Easter egg hunt

$10 ingredients for dinner (have turkey already..DH got two at work for Christmas!)

$60ish Easter basket candy and toys and books ($30 I know were from books, each kid gets two books in their Easter basket)

May go to brunch tomorrow at DH's work..$60..I haven't decided for sure yet..it would be nice and fun and I would get to see what the brunch looks like..but yikes, $60!!!

Mom's broke..spent too much on a holiday, AGAIN.. The kids have something cool to write about in their journals...priceless
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:47 PM   #8
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My candy, egg coloring packages and plastic eggs were all free with coupons and CVS ECBs. $0

2 Webkinz from Limited Too using a code and free shipping. (for my twin 9 year old DSs) $21.58

2 itunes cards for $20 each. (for my 14 year old DD and BFs 14 year old DS)$40.00

Dinner is huge, but still wisely shopped for. Ham, Asparagus, Dinner Rolls. Red potatoes and fresh parsley, all that is needed to make Veggie Lasagna, pickles, mixed nuts, nicoise olives, Fresh Pineapple, Cranberry juice, wine, strawberries, cake and whipped cream, eggs to dye, paper Easter plates and napkins and well... I am sure I am forgetting something. $100

Total: $141.58

We use the same baskets each year, and we already have nice clothing from recent sale shops. So no new money spent there.

OPPS! I forgot to add in the wine! New TOTAL: $182.54
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Old 03-22-2008, 04:30 PM   #9
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Very budget friendly with a big $0!

DS is so young, we won't be getting him Easter candy. We honestly don't need any candy ourselves. We're eating Easter Dinner with family, at no cost to us. We aren't dyeing eggs, as DS is so young. We're going to take some family pictures, but we'll just wear clothes we already have, and do them ourselves.
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Old 03-22-2008, 04:42 PM   #10
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My kids are 13 and 15, and it never occurred to me to buy them anything. We don't really celebrate Easter. We might go out for brunch -- but we usually go out as a family on Sundays, anyway.

So, I guess we aren't spending anything we wouldn't normally.
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:37 PM   #11
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Spring clothes are a waste here..we are usually too cold. And this year we got 12 inches of snow! So no new clothes

All Easter baskets, grass, stuffed bunnies, small toys, plastic eggs, etc 90% off at Hobby Lobby last year. About $5

3 lbs of assorted chocolates @ $1.99 a lb
2 large chocolate bunnies $2.99 ea
1 middle sized bunny .99c after $2 coupon
2 middle sized bunnies $2.99 after Buy one get one free coupon
other candy jelly beans, marshmallow bunnies, tootsie roll tins $5
2 egg kits 99c ea
2 dz eggs $1.29 ea


under $21 dollars. We are doing an indoor egg hunt and picnic lunch tomorrow so I will put a few dollars in coins/bills in the plastic eggs but the food is all from the pantry. We are going to have bbq chicken, potato salad, and lemon cupcakes.

Oh, I forgot..I bought the cutest little bread bunnies at the bakery. Those blew the budget at $1.50 each but they are SO cute. We'll have those with lunch

Still under $40
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:21 PM   #12
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Toddlers baskets- 2 DVD's $30, 2 sets of disney store flips and sun glasses $12, one large premade basket full off outdoor toys $12.00 =total for both of them $54

8yos basket; 5 hard cover american girl doll books $15.00, 2 Nintendo DS games $30, googles $1.00 total $46

15yo's basket; Contact lenses $25, went to walgreens and got misc items.. red bull, beef jerky, lead pencils, highlighters $15: total $40

also spent $20 on gertrude hawks candy from school fundraiser.

So approx total for 4 kids $160 YIKES!!!

I do buy dressy easter outfits since I know they wont wear them again. I did make my 3yo daughter a pair of custom princess jeans to wear.
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:54 AM   #13
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Toddlers baskets- 2 DVD's $30, 2 sets of disney store flips and sun glasses $12, one large premade basket full off outdoor toys $12.00 =total for both of them $54

8yos basket; 5 hard cover american girl doll books $15.00, 2 Nintendo DS games $30, googles $1.00 total $46

15yo's basket; Contact lenses $25, went to walgreens and got misc items.. red bull, beef jerky, lead pencils, highlighters $15: total $40

also spent $20 on gertrude hawks candy from school fundraiser.

So approx total for 4 kids $160 YIKES!!!

I do buy dressy easter outfits since I know they wont wear them again. I did make my 3yo daughter a pair of custom princess jeans to wear.
I would love to know how you managed these so cheap!
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:24 AM   #14
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I probably spent under $15 dollars.

Easter basket, grass & plastic eggs all saved from last year. Actually it's been about 3 years since I first bought them.

No new Easter Clothes, they have a closet full so no need to buy new for one day.

Candy consisted of a bag of jelly beans, a bag of individual packs of M&Ms and a couple of chocolate bunnies. They each got a bottle of big bubbles.
That's it. My mom has a way of placing everything that makes it look like they got lots of stuff. Besides the fun comes from finding the eggs and hiding them again to find again. They could do this all day.

Dinner came out of the grocery budget since we have to eat anyway so no added expense there.

Really I never saw Easter as a time to spend, spend, spend.
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:46 AM   #15
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We've never practised the kids to elaborate Easter gifts. I did little gift baskets of candy once or twice. Then we started doing an egg hunt and did away with the individual candy baskets.

Now that they're are only 2 children in the family of egg-hunting age, we scaled back on the hunt. Bought way less candy, reused the plastic eggs for the fifth year in a row, filled some with money ($1 bills), reused baskets etc. The children are not allowed to keep the candy; it's the thrill of the chase for them. At the end of the hunt the candy is rounded up and everyone present, adults included, share in the goodies.

Easter dinner wasn't very elaborate either - had an extra ham that was given to us at Christmas and the usual Sunday fare.

We spend about $15 in candy - some of which wasn't even used. I've put it away to dole out as treats over the next few weeks
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