Easter weekend is around the corner and should be a fun-filled, yet frugal time for you and your loved ones…
Yes, the short, long-weekend break is still ideal for creating quality family time and memories. And, there are ways to keep it fun without damaging your financial egg, aka April budget, in the process.
Carla Oberholzer (debt adviser at DebtSafe) recommends five things to bear in mind to help make your 2019 Easter unforgettable, memorable and budget-friendly:
1. Joyful planning and brainstorm sessions
First of all, it is a good idea to get everybody excited and involved when it comes to Easter activities, meal ideas, family traditions and it-doesn’t-cost-an-arm-or-a-leg gift or treat recommendations.
Arrange a personal meeting with family or friends, create a WhatsApp Easter group or schedule a Facebook event and invite the necessary members. Affordable ideas are endless to get communication going and your loved ones enthusiastic about the public holiday period to come. Try to encourage your loved ones to communicate what they already have available and what they can contribute (like bringing craft materials) this Easter.
Try to encourage your loved ones to communicate what they already have available and what they can contribute (like bringing craft materials) this Easter.
2. Bring-along potluck options, fondue, braai or picnic favourite dishes
Expensive dine outs are no way as fun and personal as a bring-and-braai, potluck dish, fondue thingies or picnic favourite snacks. Ideas are endless and it can be the ideal manner to get the family involved in the process.
3. Recreate or put a personal spin on family traditions and activities
Whether at home, travelling towards or while at your long-weekend destination, it can be affordable and fun to ‘spruce up’ those family games or traditions. Why not add a new, personal touch to the same-old egg hunt activity or bring back a family favourite ‘I spy’ game while on the road? Also, bear the weather in mind and add some indoor activities to your list (consider options like a bake-off or indoor camping with the kids).
4. Homemade tasty treats
Creating memories while making family treats are way better than an inconvenient pitstop to buy mass produce candy or Easter eggs at the shop. What about a family baking experience or a ‘fam-dine’ cookoff among your loved ones? How’s that for creating special memories!
5. Thank goodness for memories
Photographs are a fundamental part of Easter – if you have a phone, take photos. What is stopping you? And, send the hilarious pics to the rest of your flock to cherish the moments forever.
Give these frugal tips a try and don’t go to eggs-travagant extremes to enjoy your 2019 Easter. You sure don’t want to damage your current financial situation in the process.
April 2019 exclusive article