Having an inexpensive Easter dinner menu does not have to mean that pork and beans is served or worse yet ramen noodles. It simply means stretching that budget a bit more and getting a better value for your dollar. Here is some cost cutting measures for you, to help you save those hard-earned dollars on your Easter dinner.
Stretch that Easter dinner budget with these seven tips.
Be sure to plan your Easter dinner this year with non-traditional foods, which will not break your budget. . The non-traditional foods may just start another tradition within your family. Instead of that fancy baked ham dinner, try a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings. Roasted chicken in a George Forman grill is excellent, and can easily become part of the holiday meal.
Don’t be afraid to skip the traditional holiday foods and go for the non-traditional route of food items which are more budget friendly for your Easter Dinner.
Watch the circulars from your grocery stores and purchase items on sale, which you think you will need before hand. We all know that prices of holiday items jump in the two weeks before the holiday so purchase frozen or canned goods up to two months beforehand.
If your family insists on having that baked ham dinner, as mine usually does there are still ways to do this is a budget friendly manner. Purchase the ham up to six months before the holiday if you have a freezer and can safely store the meat, the same holds true for the frozen vegetables.
Instead of boxed mashed potatoes, purchase a bag of real potatoes, which is usually cheaper than a box of the mashed variety. Simply peel, chop and boil these in water and mash when they are done cooking to make a mouth-watering addition to your Easter dinner.
Grab a package of frozen bread dough, which is cheaper than the prepared rolls usually sold around the holiday. These can be seasoned, before they are baked and always make a good addition to any holiday meals.
I know the candy that goes into this special holiday can break the budget, and although it is not a way to save money on the Easter dinner, I have chosen to include it anyways. Skip the department store candy and instead head to your local dollar store. The candy will be selling quickly so you know it is fresh and it can save you lots of money here, which means there is more hard earned dollars to spend on the big Easter dinner.
With the economy in the toilet, the holidays this year will have to adhere to a family friendly budget and Easter is no exception. Instead of having, the traditional big Easter dinners, which are expensive many families, be on the look out for inexpensive menu ideas for this special holiday dinner at your local grocery store.