Do You Need to Splurge at Easter? Save Money on Your Easter Celebrations

Posted on: March 31, 2015

Written By: Jane Clark

Easter, for most of us, is the first break any of will have had after Christmas. The message is loud and clear; you need to go on a mini-break and bust out thousands for a trip to some over-priced woodland resort in the Midlands and you will be a very bad parent if you don’t take your children. You will of course, need to follow that mini-break with school holiday meals out, trips to the cinema and bigger and more expensive Easter eggs than you’ve ever seen before.

What the actual heck is wrong with everybody? Really! There are plenty of ways of having a really good time on an extended bank holiday weekend that really doesn’t cost that much money at all! Our local hotel has adverts on the local radio, on hoarding and in the press, not to mention flashing up on my Facebook page trying to convince me to ‘relax in style’ and ‘treat the family’ to a three course Easter lunch with complimentary Prosecco and coffee for ‘only’ twenty five pounds per person. The radio advert works very hard to persuade everyone to take a day off, forget about the washing up and let them do all the work! It sounds great doesn’t it? As the Americans would say…..’You do the maths!’ That’s £100 for the average family. That’s more than the average family spends on a week’s food bill!

I took time this weekend to make and cost out our Sunday lunch as that’s all they are actually offering – a three course Sunday lunch. I made mine for the family for £22 in total, with enough to feed six people. To start with, I’m sensible about where I shop and remember that just because it’s a family holiday meal that no one can eat any more than they can on an ordinary weekday evening! I also remember that the Bank Holiday Monday is also a day off and I need to plan for that meal too.

easter table setting
Since being debt free, every penny I spend is real cash money so I hang on to it with a vice-like grip. That being said, I still want celebrate Easter, have friends round and feed the family with a sumptuous roast lunch, a starter and a dessert. I’m no Nigella Lawson, just a home cook so I’ll happily take shortcuts to make my life easier. I will happily check out the discount supermarkets for ideas for starters and desserts, I’ve passed off a certain brand of carrot and coriander soup as my own for year! I’ve also served up profiteroles from a certain frozen food retailer with a bit of extra chocolate sauce and no one had ever been any the wiser. It’s all about a nice table setting, a few spring-like yellow table napkins, a bright bunch of daffodils and hey presto, you have a perfect Easter table.

I also have a secret with a spring leg of lamb to make sure it doesn’t shrink and feeds everyone….slow braise it! I add stock, some carrots, onions and rosemary from my garden and leave it to cook on low, around 140 for four hours. The result is a fall apart leg of lamb you can carve with a spoon. My other secret for keeping to a budget is to add plenty of the cheaper items such as crispy roast potatoes and a big bowl of Yorkshire puddings. Again, you can cheat and buy these.

Easter meal
So, here’s my reminder to you to hang onto your hard earned money this Easter. Look out for Easter eggs in the shops where everything is a pound or less! Look out for meat and veg deals in discount supermarkets and check out the frozen food retailers for ideas for a dessert. Have fun at home, make it a friendly relaxed celebration with family and friends and remember it’s never worth extending debt or staying in debt for the sake of one meal on one day!

2 thoughts on “Do You Need to Splurge at Easter? Save Money on Your Easter Celebrations

  1. Amber

    I couldn’t agree more! I think your website is great and is helping me in currently reduced circumstances

  2. Nicola

    Hi Amber, Jane really is full of great ideas to spend less & still not miss out. It would be good to hear how Jane has inspired you and what ways you have adopted to be more cash savvy?

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