Easter is a time for family, friends, and fun. And, if you're like us, you'll want to make it extra special for your loved ones, especially if you have children. Who doesn't love a holiday that's all about bunnies, chocolate eggs, and Easter baskets?!
But, if you're on a budget this year, don't fret. There are plenty of ways to make Easter extra special without breaking the bank, and iCASH, a trusted direct lender that provides online loans in Canada, is here to show you how it's done.
Celebrate Easter with a New iCASH Giveaway
From April 12th - April 17th, we're giving away a variety of gift cards that can be used at our favorite Canadian retailers ($175 value).
The prizes for our Easter giveaway are:
- 1 $25 Chapters Indigo gift card
- 1 $25 Roots gift card
- 1 $25 Golf Town gift card
- 1 $25 President's Choice gift card
- 1 $100 Hudson’s Bay gift card (Grand Prize Winner)
To win, all you have to do is find the Easter eggs we've hidden throughout the month of March. You'll find them in our recent blog posts, as well as in our Instagram stories and Facebook posts.
On April 12th, we will ask you for a specific count of eggs i.e. how many eggs were hidden in our blog posts, in our Instagram stories, or in our Facebook posts. Each day, we'll randomly select a participant to receive that day's prize. Our grand prize will be drawn after the final day of our giveaway. Good luck!
Celebrating Easter on a Budget
Besides participating in the iCASH Easter giveaway, how else will you be celebrating this year? If you're looking to jazz it up, read on for thirteen inexpensive ways on how to do it. We promise, there's something for everyone!
Have an Easter Egg Hunt
Speaking of finding eggs, hosting an Easter egg hunt is always a classic activity that's perfect for all ages. If you have young children, you can hide plastic eggs (you can find these at any dollar store) around your house or backyard. If you have older kids, you can make it more challenging by hiding the eggs in harder to reach places, or by making the eggs harder to find by incorporating a scavenger hunt.
You can also get creative with what you put inside the eggs. In addition to candy, you can include Easter-themed stickers, or even small pieces of paper with fun Easter jokes written on them. This can all be done on your budget by purchasing eggs in bulk at a discount dollar store, or by raiding your Easter decorations box and finding what you have saved from previous years.
Create a Spring-Themed Table Setting
Why not celebrate Easter by setting the table with a spring-themed centerpiece? If you have some flowers or branches from your backyard, use these to create a simple arrangement. The best part? These items won't cost you a thing. If you have some extra cash to spare, you can always add in some chocolate eggs, candies, or bunnies for extra decoration.
Attend an Easter Parade
Easter parades are a festive way to celebrate the holiday, and many communities hold them in the days leading up to Easter. If you're lucky enough to live close to one, take the family and enjoy all of the sights and sounds. You can also use this as an opportunity to take some fun photos together.
No parade nearby? You can also create your own parade by decorating your bikes, scooters, or strollers with streamers and Easter-themed decorations, and taking a leisurely ride around the neighbourhood.
Have an Easter Bake-Off
This is a great activity to do with friends or family – and it's sure to get your mouth watering. Start by choosing a few easy Easter recipes (you can find plenty online) and dividing up the tasks amongst yourselves. Then, get baking!
Once everything is cooked and cooled, it's time for a taste test. Be sure to take photos of your creations, and don't forget to vote for a winner at the end. The prize doesn't have to be anything fancy – a simple ribbon or certificate will do.
If you're feeling crafty this Easter, there are plenty of fun projects that you can do with your kids or family and friends. One idea is to make your own Easter baskets using recycled materials. You can also make egg-shaped decorations out of paper or cardboard, or create cards and gift tags for the Easter gifts that you give.
If you're looking for a more challenging project, try making a quilt or pillowcase with an Easter theme. Not only will this be a fun project to work on together, but you'll also have a new piece of Easter decor to use every year.
Use Coupons And Sales
If you're planning on doing any Easter shopping, be sure to take advantage of coupons and sales. Many stores offer discounts on items like candy, chocolate, and decorations in the weeks leading up to Easter. You can also find deals on things like Easter-themed clothing and tableware.
Doing this can help you save a lot of money, and it's a great way to get everything that you need for the holiday. Just be sure to plan ahead so that you don't end up spending more than you intended.
Plan an Easter Potluck
Easter is the perfect time to get together with family and friends, and what better way to do that than by hosting a potluck? This is a great way to get everyone involved, and it's sure to be a lot of fun.
To make things easy and less expensive for the host, assign each person a dish to bring. You can either choose a theme (like all desserts, for example) or let everyone bring whatever they want. Either way, it's sure to be a delicious meal.
Make Easter-Themed Snacks
If you're not in the mood to bake, you can always make some fun and festive Easter snacks instead. One idea is to make Easter bunny-shaped sandwiches using a cookie cutter. You can also dip pretzels in melted chocolate and decorate them with sprinkles, or make fruit kabobs in the shape of eggs or bunnies.
Play Egg-Inspired Games
There are plenty of Easter-themed games that you can play with your family and friends. Aside from the classic egg hunt, you can play other egg-inspired games like egg roll, where players have to roll an egg across the floor using only their nose; or egg toss, where players have to toss an egg back and forth without breaking it.
You can also play Easter-themed versions of other games, like Easter bingo or Easter charades. These are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.
Have an Easter-Themed Movie Marathon
If you're looking for an inexpensive way to entertain the kids (or yourself) this Easter, why not have a movie marathon? Choose a few of your family's favourite Easter-themed movies and get cozy on the couch.
If you're looking for some inspiration, some favourites include:
- It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
- Peter Rabbit
- Easter Parade
- The Ten Commandments
- The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town
- The Prince of Egypt
Read Easter-Themed Books
Looking for a quiet activity to do on your own or with your kids? Why not curl up with a good book? There are plenty of great Easter-themed books for all ages, ranging from picture books to novels.
If you don't have any Easter-themed books on hand, you don't necessarily have to buy them. You can always check out your local library to see what they have available. Or, if you'd like to purchase some books on a budget, make sure to check out any used bookstores in your area.
Easter is a great time to get active and enjoy the outdoors. If the weather is nice, go for a walk or a bike ride, or visit a nearby park. Plus, if you have kids, they'll probably be more than happy to burn off some energy.
If you're looking for a more structured activity, there are usually plenty of outdoor community events taking place in the days leading up to the holiday. Do a quick search online or ask around to see if there are any happening near you.
Give Back to Your Community
It doesn't cost anything to give back, and it's a great way to make Easter special. There are usually lots of opportunities for volunteers in the days leading up to Easter. Why not see if there's an activity that you and your family can participate in?
You could help out at a local food pantry. Food pantries always need extra help during the Easter holiday, as demand for food increases. If you're looking for a way to give back this Easter, consider volunteering your time. You can help package food or distribute it to those who need it, and you'll be doing something good for your community.
Make This Easter Fun and Inexpensive
Easter is one of the most festive, colourful and fun holidays of the year. There are so many things you can do to make it special, regardless of your budget. The ideas above are just a few to help get you started.
You can get creative and have some fun, all while sticking to your budget. So, what are you waiting for? Get started and make this Easter one to remember! And, if you're short on cash, you can still make your holiday special with the help of an instant loan from iCASH. With our easy online application, you can get the money you need to make this Easter the best one yet.