Americans are expected to spend $20.8 billion on Easter candy, baskets, food and decorations this year. But their money isn’t going to go as far as years past, with prices for everything from food to gas soaring. So, it’s no surprise that finding ways to save is a big focus of Easter 2022, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation (NRF).
• The federation asked consumers about their Easter spending plans: 42 percent indicated they would shop at another retailer to find a cheaper price.
• 31 percent said they would seek an alternative brand or color to save.
• And, similar to last year, half of those polled said they plan to shop at discount stores to stretch their dollars.
“Inflation has been impacting some categories, particularly around food and groceries and gas and energy,” says Katherine Cullen, NRF senior director of industry and consumer insights. “Still we’re seeing people are looking forward to celebrating in person.” Of the consumers surveyed, 51 percent said they were planning in-person events, up from 43 percent in 2021. Food is predicted to be the largest spending category, followed by gifts and clothing. Unfortunately, those categories are seeing large surges in prices. Still, there are ways to save — including the following.
Go bulk on candy, foods
Whether you are hosting brunch or have several grandkids you want to spoil, hitting the warehouse stores such as BJ’s or Costco can be a great way to save. These retailers sell big bags of candy and Easter treats that can be broken up and shared across multiple kids. The bulk candy is also great to fill eggs for an Easter egg hunt. The same goes for food. “If you are serving eight or 10 people, it's much cheaper buying in bulk than buying at your local grocery store,” says Trae Bodge, a shopping expert at TrueTrae.com.
Buying in bulk works only if you plan to use the entire bag of candy or the huge ham you purchased. If it ends up in the trash, it's a waste of money.