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      Ok… here’s my 2cents worth. DONT FEEL PRESSURED. I fell into that

      trap and thought..ok first time, no big deal.. but… my friend kept

      asking me to go shopping and I kept going and even if you spend just

      $5 more than you normally would, that is $5 that will go towards a

      bill, her college education, whatever. Spluring every once in a

      while is cool, but… My daughter… (15yrs) just told me the thing

      she loves most about easter, is our egg hunt. I fill the Easter

      eggs, (that I get on clearance each year) with change, Peeps,(those

      are her favorites) tokens for extra computer time, etc. and one egg

      has a $5 bill in it…

      for my 4 yr old, bouncy balls, coupons for day with mom… or day

      with dad… or icecream cones etc. they both love it and even when

      the eggs are empty… we hide them again and continue our search.

      sometimes I make it a real hunt, and they have to follow a poem or

      instructions to find the first egg, then that egg has a clue in it

      for the next egg and so on….

      It’s about the time you spend with your littles ones! Trust me!

      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “herberkids3”

      wrote:

      >

      > If you wanted to make the purchases, and it isn’t going to strain

      > your budget, then you shouldn’t feel bad. Everyone needs to splurge

      > sometimes, or it gets to feeling like you can’t ever do anything

      fun

      > with the money you earn.

      >

      > For our kids, I skip the traditional easter baskets that can cost a

      > bundle, and buy buckets for the beach, or new baseball caps (turned

      > upside down to put stuff in), or a nice basket they can use year

      > round in their rooms, etc. I skip the Easter-y looking ones all

      > together. I want something they’ll get use out of.

      >

      > Then, I hit the dollar store for some cheap filler items (but still

      > nice) like sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, bubbles, etc.

      >

      > I skip candy almost completly, and buy snacks they like that are

      > healthier for them, like cheese & cracker sandwiches, or granola

      > bars, etc. They each do get a small chocolate bunny, but I go for

      > the smaller hollow ones that Dollar Tree sells. Not much candy

      > involved, and they’re cheap.

      >

      > This year, I think one thing I’ll do is get them each a new shirt

      > for summer to put in the basket, as well as the other fun stuff.

      > It’s not much, but the kids enjoy it.

      >

      > I also put together an easter egg hunt. I’ve been in charge of the

      > main family one for 13 or 14 years now. I started doing it when I

      > was in HS for my Grandma. A few years ago, I found that Target has

      > big bundles of small objects for Valentines Day for $1.99 a bag-

      > bouncy balls, those wide rubber bracelets, erasers, rubbery

      > dinosaurs, little troll pencil toppers, etc. I go in the day after

      > Valentines Day and grab several bags at $.99 each. Then, I can use

      > those to fill the eggs up, without spending a fortune. This year,

      we

      > have 6 kids to do an egg hunt for. Next year, it will be 7, because

      > my newest neice is going to be almost 1 by then. She isn’t born

      yet,

      > my sister is due at the end of April.

      >

      > Anyway, hope that gives some people some idea’s!

      >

      > — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “pseuzanne” wrote:

      > >

      > > I feel silly even writing about this, but I figure if there’s

      > > somewhere I can admit to these feelings, it would be here…

      > >

      > > Today I went to Target with a friend to help her choose items for

      > > her sons’ Easter baskets. I told her I wasn’t planning to get my

      > > daughter (18 months old) an Easter basket. She is too young to

      > know

      > > she’s missing anything, and besides she will get one at her

      > Daddy’s

      > > house. But my friend still thought I should get her a basket,

      that

      > > it would be fun. This friend has alot more money than I do…her

      > > family is planning a trip to the Caribbean, where they will be

      > > sharing a $6,000/week villa by the ocean with another family. She

      > > understands that I am in a very different position, but…

      > >

      > > I wound up spending $33, to get:

      > > – plush ducky “basket”

      > > – plastic grass

      > > – stickers

      > > – fun toothbrush

      > > – sunglasses

      > > – a book

      > > – bubbles

      > > – watering can (for the tub and the beach)

      > >

      > > My daughter will love all of these things, and it is SO hard to

      > > resist things that you know your child will enjoy. I am normally

      > so

      > > frugal, part of me thinks I should keep the stuff and be OK with

      > it.

      > > Otherwise, I should return the stuff and be OK with not giving it

      > to

      > > her. I don’t really feel great about either one. Does anyone else

      > > beat themselves up with feelings of guilt when buying something,

      > > especially for your kids? What if it’s a rare treat? No bills

      will

      > > go unpaid due to this expenditure. Any thoughts?

      > >

      > > Suzanne

      > >

      >

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