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Blog: Balancing Thrifty And Fun

This blog will ramble on about raising two boys while working full time as an editor for ThriftyFun. I'm really lucky in so many ways. I have a loving, hardworking husband, a not too heavily mortgaged home, and two healthy and bright boys. But it is still hard, despite my blessings. I thought I'd share my challenges and my techniques (or lack thereof) for staying ahead of the wave of chores, responsibilities and financial problems.

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The Easter Bunny Is Coming
Friday, April 10, 2009

Well, it is that time of the year again. I have to plan out an Easter basket, traditionally filled with candy and toys.  Feels like we just barely got done with Christmas and I think I still have some Halloween candy that I have hidden from my boys last fall.

For the last few years, I have given gardening themed baskets to both my boys. One year I found a small gardening bag, that had child sized tools and gloves. I added seeds and cute watering cans and, of course, candy!  Last year, I did a similarly themed basket but with different tools and some little pots.  I felt that this was a good way to celebrate spring.

I saw a very cute idea on ThriftyFun recently to do a summer fun basket, with all the stuff kids need to enjoy the hot weather.  Theme baskets are also very good if you are giving to a teenager or adult.  And the "basket" can be whatever you want it to be. One wedding shower I went to was a starter kit for the couple and their first apartment together. It had all the kitchen basics: dish soap, scrubbers, drying rack, towels; and some general cleaning stuff: laundry detergent, bleach, windex, etc.. I think there were some food staples: like baking soda, flour and sugar.  It was all presented in a large laundry basket, heaping with all these good and useful things.

This year, I'm stealing an idea from my friend and giving a movie themed basket. My boys want to see Monsters vs Aliens very badly. It just came out recently and they are always quoting funny parts from the trailers they have seen on TV.  I'll add in some movie sized candy, and money for popcorn and arcade games. Afterwards, we will go out to dinner, saving me from cooking as MY Easter present.  I'll probably put in some Peeps and jellybeans, or a Cadberry Cream Egg.  Just wouldn't be Easter without it.

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jess (Contact)
Hillsboro, OR USA
About Me:

I'm a 39 year old . . . what? Mother, college graduate, housewife with a full time job, mostly unpublished writer, the list just goes on. I'm spiritual, but not religious; lazily liberal; frugal but with a love of pretty, shiny things. My mother, Susan, was the founder of ThriftyFun and scrimped all her life to have enough for her kids. I try to do her proud but sometimes stumble along the way.

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