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With Rising Prices, Here Are Some Ways To Save For Easter Activities

Due to rising inflation and the Ukraine conflict, prices on goods across the board have taken a hit, and with Easter coming up, you may feel it in your pocketbook more than ever. The New York Post reported that the average cost of an Easter basket has skyrocketed to $61.83, up from $50.46 — or 22.5% — in the spring of 2019.

Individual candies like Hershey’s and Kit Kats have risen 99 cents to $1.25, while a classic 6-oz chocolate bunny has jumped a dollar to $5.99. Classic Easter meals like lamb and ham have also seen a surge in cost as well, with the USDA reporting all foods to rise 4.5% to 5.5% this year.

Those drastic changes can certainly put a damper on a holiday that saw people spend a combined $21.7 billion last year. While you might feel like hopping away and hiding in a hole, you shouldn’t fret. There are plenty of ways to avoid spending a big paycheck while still ensuring your activities and plans are top of the line.

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When it comes to shopping, coupons are an absolute must for navigating your way towards the best prices. Looking through papers and physically cutting them out or using apps such as Ibotta are both excellent options that won’t just benefit you through Easter, but the rest of the year.

Shopping in bulk can also help cut down on the price per unit of a good, both at big-box retail stores like Costco and BJ’s, or online stores like Just Candy, which currently is having a 30% off sale on all bulk candy, along with 40% on select bulk candy.

Even discount retailers like the Dollar Tree and Dollar General haven’t been immune to rising prices, with Dollar Tree raising most prices to $1.25. Still, that extra change shouldn’t deter you from finding bargain deals on decorations, supplies, and candy. Even better, Dollar Tree’s loss is Dollar General’s gain, with the latter leaning more into the “$1 dollar” selling point. That should give you all the more flexibility on where to shop.

Speaking of decorations, Easter represents an amazing time to make your own. Country Living highlighted a number of fun and innovative ideas, from shaping napkins into bunny ears to making an egg carton wreath out of old egg cartons.

The key here is to recycle and transform common objects around your house, whether that’s pom poms or coffee filters. You’ll not only be saving money by not having buying decor at a store (which can range anywhere from $20 to $50 and above depending where you shop), your imagination won’t be limited either. While this method might take more time, you can easily make it into a fun family activity that your children will love, killing two birds with one stone.

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That DIY attitude can also apply to making your own easter baskets instead of buying pre-made ones, which will allow you to control how much they end up costing. Don’t feel like you have to stick to candy, either – small toys and trinkets make great goodies as well, and add some variety!

Of course, with easter baskets comes egg hunts, the glorious main event in the eyes of a child. If you’re looking to spice up the hunt without spending more cash on candy, The Budget Mom suggests ideas like transforming it into a nighttime hunt with flashlights or replacing the treats with custom rewards like a family movie night or an extra hour before bed.

If you’re more focused on having a grand dinner, perhaps considering making it potluck and BYOB style if a larger amount of guests or relatives are coming over. You would focus on the main dish, while your attendees can help to contribute by offering a diverse group of appetizers and sides. If you still feel like dictating what meals you’d prefer serve, you can also request guests to bring specific dishes as well.

While you might have had the idea that in order to create the perfect Easter, going over budget would be a necessity, taking the time to find the best savings and letting your creative juices flow can prove to result in an even better celebration with friends and family.

Mothers Day

This California Hotel Is Offering Private Dining Rooms For Families This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and while we’re all busy trying to make the best out of living during a worldwide pandemic, it’s still important to give thanks to the special lady who raised you and made you the individual you are today. 

The Malibu Beach Inn is one of the many businesses throughout the US that’s giving its customers an exclusive Mother’s Day special this year that will make any mom smile while continuing to abide by social distancing policies. If you or your loved ones are currently quarantined in the Malibu/California area, the Malibu Beach Inn will be utilizing its Carbon Beach Club restaurant to provide an elegant Mother’s Day menu for families looking to treat the special lady in their lives to an evening of “dining out” and good food. 

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The packages for the meals start at just $45, and will be available for takeout delivery service all day this Sunday, May 10th. Chef Ryan from the Carbon Beach Club claims that for families in Malibu, he will be preparing a “celebratory to-go menu just for moms that includes tasty treats like crispy fingerling potatoes, heirloom carrots, roasted ora king salmon filet, maple thyme glazed heritage ham, and more.”

The Inn is also providing another dining option for those in the Malibu area this weekend. If you really want to take the dining experience to the next level, patrons can call and reserve an entire private dining suite to themselves for the evening. This way you, your mom, and the rest of your family can take a small trip out for some social distance service and fine dining.

The suites themselves also have a gorgeous view of the private oceanfront terrace that’s been the Inn’s main claim to fame since its opening. 

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For the in-person suite dining experience, the hotel’s personal wine expert will pair a wine with each course, depending on the customers personal taste preferences and what would pair best with the meal itself. However, to start the meal the Malibu Inn’s mixologist will handcraft a signature cocktail using a liquor of your choosing. All service is explicitly meant to abide by social distancing policies as well, and the space itself is set up to accommodate that. 

The Malibu Inn, like other hotel/motel industries in the US currently, is still open and adopting more intensive health, safety, and cleaning procedures to ensure the safety of every guest and all staff as well. If you are currently quarantined to that area and want to book a private dining experience/place a takeout order, you need to give them a 72-hour notice at least, so times running out! You can call them at (310) 460-7509 or check their website for additional information.

For those of us not living in the golden state, California has provided a multitude of 24/7 streaming services so anyone can enjoy the many landscape/beachfront views it has to offer. Beyond that, many hotel/restaurant chains in the United States are uploading their own personal dining room recipes for this Sunday, and there are a ton of online resources available to inspire you to get the perfect gift for your mom this year.