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Old 03-22-2008, 09:56 PM   #31
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DD is getting some Gerber Graduates items in her basket..stuff she would eat anyway! I also put a Fisher Price purse in there, but that was free when I bought something else. DS's basket was $15 at CVS and I did buy him a bike because he needs one, but it was only $29.99 at TRU. Plastic eggs were 1.50 and I'll fill them with coins from the change jar. Easter dress for DD was $11 total including the hat, dress and cardigan. Bought it last year at Children's Place. DS is wearing a 7.99 Target dress shirt. Ham was $15. I didn't spend too much this year! Now don't even get me started on the 1st birthday party next weekend, that is turning out to be more than a WDW trip!
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:01 PM   #32
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Hmm, I have to figure this out...

DS 11
Peeps - .33
Nerf Football - 2.00
Spiderman Pens - 1.00
Crayola Thin Tip Markers - 2.00
Mini Blow Pops - .45
Gummi Savers - .45
Chocolate Easter Bunny - 1.49
Video Game Tshirt - 5.99


DD 9
Peeps - .33
Chocolate Easter Bunny - 1.49
Hannah Montana Headbands - 2.00
Hannah Montana Comb & Mirror - 1.00
Littlest Pet Shop Stickers - .99
Mini Blow Pops - .45
Bandaid Gum - .69
Hannah Montana Shirt - 6.50

Total - $27.16
That is just Easter Basket Stuff, we are having a Turkey Dinner as well, but I have no idea what all that stuff costs! LOL
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:02 PM   #33
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We don't do really big gifts at Easter & no family dinner since everyone's too far. I try to do less candy & more odds & ends in their baskets. Most of the kids' stuff I got last year at 75-90% clearance.

From last yr-

3 new baskets because I didn't move our old ones w/us -$2-3? each, got cute metal ones from Target - sports for DS, flowers for DDs - they are great because the handles fold down & they nest inside each other for storing

Easter grass - .07 a bag x6 -will reuse next year
3 Easter stuffed bunnies - $3-5 total
1 stuffed Peep for my peep loving DD
3 silly walking chicks $1 total
some bubble gum eggs & hard candy necklaces - hope they made the yr ok
Easter set of LPS-$2.50
Eggs w/cars inside for DS5-$2
couple egg dying kits we haven't used yet, probably tomorrow


New stuff-
dress for DD7, a casual church/summer dress she can wear again- $15
3 pk of egg shaped bubble necklaces- $1

candy - $15 - mainly because I bought the Dove bunnies w/o looking closely at the price - $3.99 each! oh well, it was that, some jelly beans & egg M&Ms for each, I try not to do too much candy

lego set for DS-$8
earrings/headband for DD14-$13
little art set for DD7-$10

Grocery-
$1 on jello because someone's idea of strawberry pretzel salad sounds yummy. The rest of tomorrow's food we already had. Brunch stuff & roast for dinner.

$75-80 - hmm, not as cheap as I thought based on what was purchased. At least some of it will be used again.


Anyone else looking forward to clearance sales? My best deals were at Walgreen's last yr though I felt like I won the lottery when I found that lone clearanced out LPS!
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:04 PM   #34
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So I'm sure this is a really stupid question - but how does the "Easter bunny" bring back the same basket every year?
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:11 PM   #35
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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?
Sorry, I can't relate to this at all. My kids dyed eggs, which was about $3 for two dozen eggs (we had several .17 egg dye kits in the cabinet, which I bought last year after Easter -- we dye eggs every now and then throughout the year just because it's fun). They'll get Easter baskets tomorrow morning with a chocolate bunny each and a few other candies. The baskets themselves (and the grass) are saved from previous years.

We're resistant to turning every holiday into a gift-giving occasion. For us, Easter's about special church services and a big lunch with the family.
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:12 PM   #36
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So I'm sure this is a really stupid question - but how does the "Easter bunny" bring back the same basket every year?
We leave the basket out on the dining room table for the bunny to fill In the morning they are gone and hidden.

We spent about $30 on the baskets. They are each getting a DVD and some candy. We are being taken out to brunch by family and wearing clothes we already have, so it's an inexpensive day for us.
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:13 PM   #37
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So I'm sure this is a really stupid question - but how does the "Easter bunny" bring back the same basket every year?
Same way Santa fills the same old stockings. The kids put the egg-filled baskets out on the table. The next morning, they wake to find that they Easter bunny's taken their eggs and hidden them, and he's left candy in the baskets. They know it was the bunny because there's always a window left cracked, and there are baby powder "bunny footprints" underneath it.
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:21 PM   #38
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Okay - so I feel really stupid....but I'm going to flip it around and just say you guys are GENIUSES!! No more new baskets in this house.....now to come up with a story for DD for next year if she questions why we never did that before. I told her that the bunny comes in and gets her eggs to hide why didn't I think of leaving the basket for him.
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:24 PM   #39
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Eggs & 1 dye kit: $4

Dress for DD3: $6
Hat & tights for DD3: $8
Dress for DD11: $15
Polo for DS14: $15

Lamb for dinner: $25
Other stuff for dinner: $10

2,000 Wii points for DD11 & DS14: $20
Princess coloring book/stickers for DD3: $12
Good chocolate for 3 baskets + DH: $22
School supplies for DS14: $10
Hair clips for DD11: $10

TOTAL: $157

and I consider myself pretty conservative about Easter spending *and* their baskets look pretty weak this year compared to previous years!
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:27 PM   #40
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Okay - so I feel really stupid....but I'm going to flip it around and just say you guys are GENIUSES!! No more new baskets in this house.....now to come up with a story for DD for next year if she questions why we never did that before. I told her that the bunny comes in and gets her eggs to hide why didn't I think of leaving the basket for him.
This board is full of great ideas! Actually I have re-used baskets in the past & the kids have commented on the nice "new" baskets they've never seen before! I don't bother to set them out ahead of time, I'm not that organized. The issue of where the basket came from never comes up.
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:11 PM   #41
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I try not to turn Easter into Christmas but this year, I did splurge and got Guitar Hero for them to share. It's going to be a quiet Easter with Dad working and the relatives gathering at my brother's without us so I wanted something to spice up the day.

I spent $20 on candy for 5 of us (my favorite candy bars for me!) and $10 on two dogs.

Three kids getting $20 each - mainly because my son needs gas money and it's easier to 'gift' it then to hand him $20. He's suppose to be looking for a job.

Bought a turkey and need to go shopping tomorrow for the fixings, but we have to eat anyway.

So around $200 for 5 people and two dogs. More than usual but I hope the Guitar Hero brings a few extra hugs and it'll be worth it.
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:23 PM   #42
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I totally scaled back this year. I don't know what the exact number were that I spent but my 2 biggest expenses were 2 itunes gift cards at 50 buck and a hobo gift card at 25. And then I splurged and got prefilled easter eggs at WM for some god awful price, I don't remember. The thought of opening up all the eggs and stuffing them just overwhelmed me. Other then that I think they are getting 2 other candies in their basket. I am usually all gung ho about the holidays for my kids even though I don't feel it but this year I couldn't even get into the spirit for them. We don't go to church so no dress clothes needed. We are going to brunch tomorrow at a local cafe type place, or should I say maybe the rest of the family is? I am not sure I can sum up the juevos to go LOL. The thought of crowds of people and waiting for a table just have me overwhelmed. My husband is working and so it will just be me, my mom, my MIL and kids.
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:27 PM   #43
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no new easter clothes here........too cold.

easter candy .......free...( thank you CVS)
baskets I reuse them each year .......and they were a gift to begin with.......$0
webkinz for each.........$26 total
stuffed bunny for each.........$7 total.......( again thank you CVS)
food.........can't say cuz we had most of it already.......maybe $20 total.........

thats it.
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:34 PM   #44
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Our big expense is gas to get to my mom's for dinner, 110 miles away. Probably $30 or so. I bought 2 bags of jelly beans, about $3.25, and some goodies for my mom, $5. So...$38.25. DH and I don't do Easter items for each other. We did when we were dating, but now we choose to use the money for other things. No kiddos here. If there were kids, we still wouldn't spend much.
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:43 PM   #45
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Wow- I'm glad my DD11 doesn't read this board. She thinks she's pretty spoiled but some of your kids are getting as much stuff as I give for Christmas. (Bikes-scooters- yikes! )

We reuse the same basket from birth on. The Christmas stocking theory- leave it out- the bunny fills it. Nobody in this house has been a "believer" in years, though, so I just get the basket out after DD goes to bed.

As far as filling the basket- Maybe $5 worth of candy- I bought 2 of everything as DS23 loves him some peeps so I'll give DS candy. DD will have a basket with candy, a new swimsuit, and flipflops ($50). Something she needs at this time of year around here- not as much this year with Easter in March but I'd have to buy it soon anyway.

We go to church so DD does have a new dress and shoes ($50). They will be worn all summer and most likely next year as well.

No new clothes for anyone else.

Food- getting together with family- $8 for fresh strawberries and maybe $5 for salad ingredients for my contributions. Less than a normal Sunday since we usually go out to lunch after church on Sundays.

Egg coloring- $1 for a kit. DD did a dozen eggs just because it's fun- no one will hide or hunt them anymore. I'll take egg salad for lunch all next week so really no cost as I always take my lunch and egg salad is cheap.
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