Easter will be here before we know it. Planning ahead can help save you money and reduce stress. With these tips and free Easter dinner menu planner printable you’ll have the dinner planned in no time.
I love holidays. I love to decorate, plan special meals, and spend time with my loved ones. I can also stress out about the details if I’m not careful.
Over the years I’ve learned that planning ahead makes all of the difference. For Christmas I start planning months ahead of time because there is so much to do. We don’t do as much for Easter so I don’t need to start too early but I still want to be prepared.
Tips for Saving on Easter Dinner
One thing that being prepared does, other than of course reducing stress, is save you money. You are able to look for better deals and do a bit more yourself which can really add up to a lot of savings.
Plan Your Menu
Having a detailed menu plan and shopping list is key. Using the free Easter dinner menu printable will help you stay organized. You can keep it in your planner or home management binder and even use it for quick reference next year.
When planning your menu be sure to see what you already have on hand. No point in buying things you already have. Also use sale ads as inspiration for dishes. The more sale ingredients you can use the better.
Leftovers are great but we want to be mindful of how much leftover food we really want to have around. Look at your guest list, if you are having eight people you likely don’t need five side dishes and eight desserts.
Pinterest can also make you think the dishes have to be super fancy but sometimes simple is just as good, or even better. Talk to your guest and find out their Easter favorites, they likely aren’t the super fancy dishes.
A potluck is also a way to simplify things. That’s how my extended family handles most holidays and works really well. You can use a site like Perfect Potluck to help you keep track of who’s bringing what.
Use Apps for Coupons and Cash-Back
Many grocery stores now have apps with mobile coupons. Target, Sprouts, Whole Foods and many others all offer this option. It makes using coupons so easy.
Using online stores like Thrive Market and Amazon Prime Pantry can help save you money, especially on natural food. If you are looking for natural Easter candy or baking supplies check out Natural Candy Store.
Don’t forget to check Ebates for coupon codes and to get cash-back on your online purchases.
If possible use real dishes. It will save you money and is better for the environment. If you don’t have enough see if a guest or two would mind loaning some. If you have a small crowd cloth napkins may also be a good option.
I know I said to be careful with Pinterest making you think you need to make fancy food but it can also be very useful. If you are wanting some new Easter decor making your own can be a great frugal option. This is where Pinterest can be very useful. You can find lots of ideas on my Easter Pinterest board.
When buying crafting supplies, or premade decor, be sure to use coupons. Also if you shop at Michael’s be sure to sign up for their reward program to earn some points on those purchases.
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What’s on your Easter dinner menu this year? Do you like to plan ahead or do you wait until the last minute?