I'm too broke for an Easter Celebration!

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I'm too broke for an Easter Celebration!
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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 3:32am
I hate March and April because I always seem to be beyond broke. I am a young mother, 21. I work and go to college full time. I want to start some traditions with my two-year-old, like Egg Hunt, and Easter Basket, and a bunch of other stuff, but I am so broke we may end up eating sandwiches along with the rest of the family. Does anyone have any low-budget ideas for things to do?? I don't qualify for gov't assistance, so that isn't an option. WHy?? I make like literally 10$ a month too much. ANyway, any ideas to make my holiday a bit cheerier?? I'm trying to keep a positive attitude because he is so young, but I want to do a few things. (I didn't mention church because that is a given in our family.) Thanks for your ideas!!
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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 11:16am
Do you have a dollar tree near you?? Everything in there is a dollar. We are prety broke right now too. We buy our sons easter stuff there. Most of the stuff gets broke or lost anyways so we don't see spending money we don't have on a lot of stuff. They have packs of plastic eggs for a dollar. If you don't, maybe buy some plastic eggs and instead of buy candy and stuff to put in them, put things in them from around the house for him/her to find. Like, ceral, or gold fish, pretzals etc.. Also you could just buy a dozen eggs, to color and hide them. I know how it feels to be low on money and not being able to give your child the things you wish. I've been there many many times.

(((HUGS)))

Johnna, Mom to Mason 2.5

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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 12:03pm
First of all does you church have an easter egg hunt? ours does or you can look for a community one - no money envolved. Then about the basket.... you can make it as simple or complex but we go simple. Remember you child is still young so they don't need a ton of candy anyhow. Go to the dollar store - you can get a bunny for a buck LOL, a basket for a buck. you don't even have to fill it with easter grass - use tissue paper that you have left over from a Christmas box LOL. then maybe some Jelly beans and some trinket toys for the $store like a shovel and pail (or you can even use that instead of the basket - I did that my dd's first easter when we were really tight on money and we even still have it somewhere). and the $store always has packs of cars and such. And you don't have to wrap it in cellophane (who cares). so for $5 you can start your tradition. They also have dye kits there and you get get some eggs (if you have WIC they are FREE) and have another tradition too. If you do the basket instead of the pail/bucket then save the basket for next year and what we do is the girls put them out on the table for the easter bunny to fill that night after they are asleep. For a few $'s you can really have a great time.

Now dinner - is it just the 2 of you? you can just get a ham steak, mashed potato's, carrots and corn and maybe splurge on some dinner rolls - still under $10.

Good luck to you. I've never been a single mom but I have had to be quite resourceful since having 3 kids and starting our own business (no actual paycheck family LOL). So you just learn to make substitutions. For events like these you just do without some weeks - like instead of getting floor cleaner, use a little fantastic that you already have to spot clean (or better yet I use MR Clean for both just mix in spray bottle with water for surface cleaning). There are so many ways to be fruggle. Acutally there is a parentsoup board too that can help you out a lot.

Good luck

Andrea

Andrea aka: Brit
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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 12:41pm
OMG just reread my message to you.... must have had a finger freeze up on typing there... really I'm not that iliterate LOL seems like I kept missing the "r" in your LOL.

sorry about that.

Andrea

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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 7:53pm
((hugs))!! i know there's a lot of pressure to spend a lot of money! and it's hard when the decision is whether to splurge or use the money for a necessity. i think you can have a little splurge, esp. if you can make it to the dollar store. (we were there this weekend, in fact, i did get the plastic eggs for a dollar lol!) so ita with johanna and andrea. you can definitely make a nice easter basket for less than $5.

i make a small basket for ds with the plastic eggs and real eggs that we've colored. (ds is allergic to eggs so he can't eat them. i end up eating egg salad, lol) i fill the basket with things already in the house like crackers from the cupboard. i put cereal, marshmallows, and coins in the plastic eggs. last year i recycled a chick and bunny he already had in his toybox.

look in your local library for books about easter, you can read those to him. why not draw egg shapes on paper for him to color, then you can cut them, string them together and hang the around the house. you can decorate a large sheet of paper to use as a placemat for easter dinner. and really, dinner doesn't need to be a big event food-wise. you can make it special by using placemats (made by ds), settting the table like in a restaurant, maybe lighting a candle out of ds's reach.

and if you can't make it to a church or community egg hunt, can you hide some eggs in your yard or at a nearby park? or you can even hide eggs in your house if you can't make it outside.

imho, i believe ds will remember the time you spend with him, not the money you spend on him. at this age, he won't remember the expensive toy in his basket that may be broken in a week anyway. (sorry, i don't mean to preach for so long, but i resent that holidays have turned into excuses to promote commercialism and materialism. i don't agree with the pressure that if you don't spend lot of money, you're not a good parent!)

hth! and keep positive! i really admire you -- being a single mom, working AND going to college! awesome!

geri and joshua 10/5/00

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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 8:53pm
Hi:

Just lurking and thought I would jump in here too. If you have some construction paper, you can make some bunny feet tracks for him to follow. Plastic eggs are super cheap, and you could fill them with raising (boil them in a little water if you're worried about choking.. it makes them softer) or mini-pretzels.. both which shouldn't cost you much and you can keep them around as future snacks. It might be fun to color eggs together on Easter day after church. You can do that while you're eating sandwiches. I think the together time is what means the most and what will be most memorable for him later on.

-L

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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 9:57pm
Look in the paper about the free egg hunts(they are usually on Saturday before Easter), we have tons of them around here. One year, I re-hid the candy that my kids got from the free hunt around our house Easter morning. Good luck!!