Do you try and limit the amount of chocolate your kids get for Easter? Because we come from such a big family, Porkchop usually gets pretty spoiled. In an attempt to limit the amount of chocolate he ends up with, my husband and I usually give him a small gift instead of chocolate. I’ve put together a list of things we’ve given him over the years that I think make great Easter gifts that aren’t chocolate.
Plastic eggs filled with tiny treasures
Everyone loves a good Easter Hunt. Plastic eggs containing little trinkets such as stickers, balloons, even tiny figures, make excellent treasure instead of chocolate eggs. Another great thing about them is you can keep the eggs and reuse them again next year.
Winter pyjamas, slippers or a dressing gown
Easter marks the beginning of cooler weather here in Australia, so warm jammies, slippers or a dressing gown make an excellent Easter present. This has been our go to gift the last few years.
As the weather cools down, drinks such as hot chocolate, are a perfect way to warm up. The year Porkchop got his own mug, he felt very grown up indeed.
A stuffed toy
This is my favourite idea for babies, when they are too little for chocolate, a soft toy they can snuggle. For his very very first Easter, we gave Porkchop a cute little stuffed bunny. I still like to bring it out every Easter and will continue to do so in years to come, no matter how much it embarrasses him (sorry buddy).
There are some great Easter books available that make perfect Easter gifts. One year, Porkchop was gifted the book “That’s Not My Bunny”, and we must have read it everyday for over a year.
How do you celebrate Easter? This year, we’ll be getting Porkchop some new winter pyjamas, and one Easter egg. What do you do for Easter, gifts or chocolate? I’d love to know in the comments.
School holiday fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are 5 budget friendly ideas to enjoy during the school holidays this Autumn.
To take a look at previous posts with budget friendly school holiday ideas click here.
Check out your local shopping centre for free or cheap activities
Most local shopping centres these days offer great holiday activities for kids. Sand art, Lego competitions, petting zoos, and scavenger hunts are just a few things we’ve had in our small town. I find the best way to know what’s coming up is to keep an eye on Facebook. See what you can find on offer near you.
Play board games
I’ve written before about how awesome board games can be. I think Trouble is a good one to start with. It’s relatively quick and simple, it even offers the opportunity for a little bit of basic addition revision.
Build a blanket fort
This is an awesome idea for those rainy days when you’re stuck at home, inside. Throw a blanket over the dining table or rearrange the couches a little to make a hidey-hole. Bonus points if you can set it up just right so that you can see the TV from inside and they can double as snuggle nests for a movie night.
Geocaching involves finding hidden caches (treasures) using an app and GPS. We actually call this Treasure Hunting in our house. Check out the app to see what treasures are available in your local area.
When all else fails, get the Lego out. I don’t think I’ve ever met a child that doesn’t like Lego (Let’s be honest, even I love Lego!), and they can then play with their creations once they’re built. Two activities for the price of one!
What do you have planned for the school holidays? I’d love to hear some more ideas to keep Porkchop busy in the comments.
I have written about how to make money online before but I thought it might be even more helpful to share exactly how much I make and save each month. So for all of March I kept track of what I earned online throughout the month and all up I managed a total of $175.20 using the following sites.
Disclosure: Some of the following links are referral links and I may receive bonuses for sign ups made through links in this post. These are all sites I highly recommend and I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t personally used.
I use Cash Rewards when doing any shopping online including my grocery shop each week. This gives a discount or cashback depending on where you shop. To read more about how to reduce your grocery costs click here.
I didn’t accrue many flybuy points this month. I’ve been doing all of our grocery shopping online with Woolworths using Cash Rewards, as they were offering free delivery for 3 months. I did however manage to redeem $10 flybuys Dollars.
I only signed up for Purkle this month. I managed to complete 6 surveys throughout the month. Most took me around 5 minutes each so that’s not too bad.
I managed to cash out three times with Swagbucks this month. I opted for 2 $25 Paypal cards and a $10AUD Apple iTunes card which was on sale. As Swabucks pays in American dollars the Paypal cards end up equalling approximately $35 AUD each. To check out my post of how to use Swagbucks click here.
I was surprised to only receive a $20 bonus from Woolworths Rewards this month because as I said I’ve been doing all of our grocery shopping online with Woolworths using Cash Rewards. I think once our three months of free delivery is finished I might swap back to Coles for a while to see if they bump up their offers.
So that was how I made and saved money in March 2019. Do you make extra money online? I would love to hear how you do in the comments.