Fifty dollars might be a lot to some people, but that’s a really small amount to spend on a family as big as mine and expect to feed everyone at Easter Dinner. I changed the menu from a big ham and side dishes, to a lighter fare and saved big time.
Tips to Save on Groceries:
The thing that saved the most money was taking out the ham. A nice ham is pretty expensive. Instead I bought a package of precut, medium thick, ham slices. I’m using ham in multiple dishes. Also, use what you have; eggs and more eggs! I also chose dishes with some of the same basic ingredients. That little trick also saves a lot of money. Make a big bowl of punch and have backup punch ready instead of buying expensive drinks and wine. If you have Easter dinner outside, you can give dinner a more picnic like feel and it doesn’t have to be as fancy. Go through your coupons and if there’s a good deal, try to use that product in your cooking. Also, grocery stores usually have sales on popular Easter foods because they are competing for your business. Try to double up with a coupon. I’ve also asked each family member to bring one thing I need. My mom is bringing a desert, dad is bringing crackers and cheese, and so on and so forth.
My Menu for Easter:
Ham and cheesy potato casserole
Ham and Noodle Salad (Mayo, green onion, olives, cheese chunks)
Fried Green Tomatoes
Spring Veggies with Garlic and Olive Oil
Red Potatoes and Green Beans
Olive and Goat Cheese Martini Glasses
Fresh Fruit and Arugula Salad
Homemade Yeast Rolls and Bread Bowls for Dips
Apple and Walnut Pie
Cranberry and Sprite Punch
This menu gives me a lot of food for a small price tag. The ham cost $5 dollars and is being used in two dishes. Potatoes cost $3 dollars and I’m using them in two dishes as well. The eggs I already have because the kids want to color eggs this year. Green tomatoes are cheap and four will make enough for everyone. My mom makes the goat cheese. Both green and black olives are on sale right now and ended up costing only $2 dollars. I have the arugula growing in window boxes, and homemade bread and pie crust are being made with ingredients I already have. I love to make homemade bread. Crab dip and spinach dip are inexpensive if you buy imitation crab. For chocolate pie, you’ll just need a box of chocolate pudding and some cool whip if you make your own crust. All in all, I ended up spending only $47.42 and I’m feeding nine people.
Because I saved so much on Easter Dinner, I had more to spend on making cute Easter crafts. I covered our picnic table with white linen and bought cute containers for flowers at a local thrift store. I found some old deep blue glass plates at the thrift store as well. I’m using them under my white dinnerware to really make the white pop. I spent $14 dollars at the thrift store and ended up decorating my entire Easter table.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give your family a great Easter Dinner. Do a more laid back Easter Dinner in the afternoon and you can skip the fluff. My kids are excited about having a more relaxed Easter Dinner this year. My daughter said it sounds like more fun than being stuck at the table for a couple of hours, being polite and waiting for everyone to finish.