In April 2011, the National Retail Federation published a report saying Americans were projected to spend $131.04 each on Easter merchandise. That meant the total projection for overall Easter spending was $14.6 million dollar.
In an average year, my husband and I don't have many Easter related expenses, but even when we do, I try to save as much money as I can.
After spending $139 on supplies for our Easter celebration this year, I noticed some stores were holding sales on Easter decorations a full three weeks before I expected them, so I decided to take advantage of the deals to stock up for next year. Here are three Easter items I've bought, and how much money I saved.
New decorative kitchen towel and potholder set
I'm very picky when it comes to decorations in our kitchen. I don't like to have a lot of stuff sitting around because it makes the room look cluttered and dirty. Trying to keep things simple makes it hard to find the perfect items, so I stick with useful things like decorative towels and potholders. This year, a local home and garden store had a very cute five-piece set that retailed for $18 on sale for $5, and I couldn't pass it up. I saved $13, and pretty much completed my kitchen decor.
Easter egg figurines for the fireplace mantel
When I was shopping for the mantel decorations for Easter of 2013, I purchased some nice rabbit figurines for $1 each. I plan to reuse those again in 2014, but I wanted to add a few more things in the mix as well. So, when I spotted some Easter egg figurines marked down from $3 to $1.50, and I couldn't pass them up. I ended up with six eggs and only spent $9, which means I saved $9 or about 50%.
I've never really used Easter decorations in the yard before, but when I spotted an adorable Easter bunny carrying a basket of eggs with a sign that said; "Happy Easter," I had to have it. The only problem was it retailed for $40, and that was way too much for me. Luckily, only a week after I first spotted the ornament, the store held a sale and marked the piece down to $25. Although it was still a little higher than I would have liked to spend, I decided to go ahead with the purchase. My total savings was $15.
All told, the early Easter sales saved me $37 on $76 worth of merchandise, and I plan to put 50% of that savings into our emergency savings account.
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