We’re now half way though the Easter holidays, so my five frugal things this week are all about Easter – the egg hunts, hot cross buns and walks we enjoy every year.
Took advantage of National Trust membership
We started the bank holiday weekend with a trip to Melford Hall, so the children could take part in the Cadbury’s Easter Egg hunt. As we have National Trust membership, we didn’t have to pay for parking or entrance to the house and gardens, but just £2.50 per child for the egg hunt. Otherwise, a family ticket to the house and gardens would have been £20.50.
The children ran all over the place answering the clubes, before carrying off their Easter eggs. Meanwhile I got to enjoy my favourite part of Melford Hall – tiny house living, Elizabethan style, in the form of the octagonal banqueting house. The panelled interior is lovely too, with views out over both the garden and Long Melford itself. I can’t wait to go back when the irises in the long bed are in full flower.
Cashed in on cash back for Easter eggs
Sadly, my children are no longer up for small £1 a pop Cadbury’s chocolate button eggs to celebrate Easter.
My son had set his heart on a Snickers Easter egg, and my daughter is keen on Celebrations, so I was particularly pleased last month when Poundworld in Ipswich was selling two chunky eggs for a fiver. Even better, Snap & Save from TopCashback were offering £3 cashback when buying Easter eggs, so the eggs still ended up costing a pound each.
I know I bang on about cashback, but getting paid a percentage of money you would spend anyway is such an easy way to cut costs. If you have never signed up for a cashback website like TopCashback* or Quidco*, it really is worth giving it a go.
Baked some home-made hot cross buns
On Easter Sunday itself, we went over to visit the grandparents for lunch and the annual Easter egg hunt. I made my annual attempt at baking some hot cross buns to take as a present, along with a pot of primroses. I delegated the kneading to our elderly Magimix which leapt around alarmingly. Turns out splurging flour and water paste out of both ends of a hastily cobbled together piping bag is not the best route to tidy crosses. I was concerned that the finished buns had the basic consistency of cannon balls, but thankfully they went down relatively well* at tea time.
*By ‘well’ I mean the children rejected them for being insufficiently squidgy, while the adults soldiered on.
Enjoyed an egg hunt on Easter Sunday
The annual egg hunt in Dedham remains a highlight for my two offspring. With the promise of chocolate, I suspect it will remain so for many more years. Following Granny’s cunning clues, they pursued eggs all round the garden, through Threadneedle Piece and over to the orchard. Easter is particularly lovely time of year, with the primroses sunning themselves and swathes of daffodils everywhere. Once all the eggs had been scrutinised, with careful attention to who got how many of each colour, we even got to pick a big bunch of daffodils to take home.
Got out for walk in Wrabness
On bank holiday Monday, we went out to walk off some of the chocolate along the shore line at Wrabness. It was bleak but strangely beautiful, picking our way over the sand, between the oyster shells and seaweed, and looking over the Stour estuary to the Royal Hospital School. Luckily the rain held off long enough to blow the cobwebs away. We debated favourite boats and beach houses and threw sticks for a friendly dog, before returning to finish off leftover buns and carrot cake from Easter Sunday. Total cost: nothing apart from petrol, although my daughter has now renewed requests for a boat. Sigh.
So now, over to you. Any thrifty successes to celebrate? Ways to cut the cost of Easter? Do share your ideas in the comments, I’d love to hear.
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