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Apr 10, 2006

How to make an Easter basket on a budget

Story PictureIn the capitalist world in which we live, every holiday has its corresponding commercial items … Halloween with its sweets and scary masks; Valentine’s Day with its flowers and chocolate; and of course Easter with its bunny rabbits and sugary treats. As every parent knows, trying to give your children some holiday happiness can easily bust any budget. With that in mind, this morning News Five’s Karla Vernon headed off, determined to spend twenty dollars or less on an economical, but enticing Easter basket.

Karla Vernon
With my twenty dollars in hand, the first stop is Bottom Dollar Store on North Front Street. Ooops, almost everything is gone already. Oh too bad, but the decorations sure are festive.

We move on to ?Celebrations? on Queen Street. This shop looks tiny, but trust me it?s got big fun inside. The Easter stuff is right up front, but it?s going fast.

If, by chance, you didn?t save last year?s Easter basket, you will need that first. Or maybe you just want a change, like a beach theme with a bucket and shovel, or something collapse-able. Options here run between two and four dollars.

Next door at Simon Quan I found an even bigger selection. I got cellophane and fake grass … you gotta have those, it?s part of the package.

Fillers range from rabbit shaped chocolate, to jelly beans, and bags of assorted sweets … and of course, fluffy bunnies in all colours. Now it?s time to load up.

We head to the cash register … I hope I have enough money.

(Cashier adding up prices)

Yes! I even got a little change … Just one seventy-five left. Hmmm, surely I can find something at A & R on the Northern Highway for that.

Tempted, but determined to stay within budget, I made my way to the hair accessories aisle. Here we go, all little girls love clips.

And now it was time to put it all together.

(Assembling basket)

Whala … an Easter basket to rival all others … And at twenty dollars, a sweet deal.

Actually, if I had another basket I could start another one with the left over sweets and grass. And if you have lots of kids, it?s more economically to buy big bags of candy and packages of party favors. Hope you have fun making an Easter basket for your own little funny bunnies this Easter morning.

Reporting for News Five, I am Karla Vernon.

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