Jordan Page from FunCheapOrFree.com and BudgetBootCamp.com, here. Easter is a favorite holiday around here with lots of fun and traditions! I mean, who doesn’t love hunting for candy?? The downside is that those traditions can end up costing a lot of money if you’re not careful. With the ol’ Easter egg hunt being the top of our favorite traditions list, today I’m sharing my top 3 ways to host an Easter Egg Hunt for Less!

1. Skip The Candy

This time of year is chocked full of candy! It begins with Halloween and ends with Easter and if you’re like me you have tons of candy lying around and the last thing you want to do is buy MORE. Additionally, even with Easter “sales” candy can be expensive! (Note, remember to use the Flipp app to find the best deals!) Skip the candy and go with non-food options, especially ones you can buy in bulk. Check out your local dollar or party store and pick up big bags of stickers, temporary tattoos, erasers, charms, or whatever else you can find that’s small. If it fits in an egg it works! If you’re really running low on ideas dig into your penny jar because what kid doesn’t like getting money in their Easter egg? (Though, if you are set on using candy in your eggs, try to stock up on candy after Christmas and Valentine’s day when it goes on clearance. Keep it in the freezer and it can be reused for Easter, and will taste great!)

2. Opt for inexpensive baskets

A simple wicker basket at a regular store can cost anywhere from $2-$15 dollars. I have 5 children so that can add up! Get your baskets for $1 at the Dollar Store, or check your local thrift stores for even cheaper baskets! Have your kids paint and decorate them to add some unique flare. Shop their Easter decorations at the dollar store and thrift stores as well, and you’ll be sure to find yard signs, door decor, banners, and everything you need to get your house for pennies on the dollar.

3. Save your eggs

What do you do with your plastic eggs after the Easter egg hunt? Often, they get thrown away. That’s money down the drain! We let our kids enjoy their eggs on Easter but before they have time to break the eggs or misplace half of it to never be found again, we empty their loot into their basket and put all the eggs in a big bag for the next year. If you’re hosting a group Easter egg hunt or attending one with friends you might want to suggest a “recycle” box for those parents who don’t want to take home the plastic eggs.

So there you go, my top 3 Ways to host an Easter Egg Hunt For Less! I share more holiday tips and tricks over on FunCheapOrFree.com and share all my budgeting secrets on BudgetBootCamp.com so check them all out, and Happy Easter!

If you have any additional Easter egg hunt tips let us know below!