Some of the best holiday memories are the times we spend at the dinner table, plates piled high with delicious food and our loved ones all around us. But these special, once-a-year meals don’t have to break your everyday grocery budget.
My challenge: Create an Easter dinner menu for 6 under $30 (including the centerpiece). Well, challenge accepted and completed! Read on to find out how you can create your own budget holiday dinner. All you need are grocery ads, coupons, and a little creativity.
Looking for more Easter DIY projects and ways to save? Check out our homemade Easter baskets made from repurposed T-shirts, then put that washi tape collection to work with these fun, no-mess Easter eggs!
Easter Dinner Menu
- Deviled Eggs
- Garlic Bread
- Roasted Carrots
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Brown Sugar & Spice-Rubbed Pork Shoulder
- M&M’s® Brownies
- Peeps® Fruit Kebabs
- Candy Vase with Flowers
Total cost: $29.39
Rainbow Deviled Eggs
Egg prices vary greatly store to store. I split most of my shopping between two stores, and one sells eggs for $2.29, while the other sells them for $4.99. So, I always pick them up where I know I can get the low price. For an added pop of color, I dyed the eggs once they were peeled with this fun Rainbow Deviled Eggs recipe.
March is National Frozen Food Month, which means there are some great deals in the frozen food aisle. This Pepperidge Farm Garlic Bread was on sale for $2 and I had a coupon for 50 cents off, bringing the price to $1.50. It took zero prep time, baked in just 10 minutes, and tasted delicious.
Grab a Pepperidge Farm® coupon online to save money on your Easter dinner garlic bread or dinner rolls!
At around 99 cents per pound, you can always count on carrots for an inexpensive side. I seasoned and roasted these carrots, then tossed them in a butter, garlic, and parsley sauce.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
These potatoes literally cook on the stovetop in one minute and no one will ever know they came from a box! Two packages of potatoes would typically cost $3.98, but they were on sale and I had a coupon for 50 cents off, bringing the price down to $1.50. And there will definitely be leftovers!
Whip up a batch of tasty mashed potatoes for your Easter dinner in no time flat and save with coupons for Idahoan®!
Brown Sugar & Spice-Rubbed Pork Shoulder
Meat is the big ticket item on any holiday table. Look at your grocery store’s weekly ad and choose the meat first based on store sales, then build the menu around that. That’s how I found this pork shoulder for just $4. I rubbed it in a mixture of brown sugar and spices from my pantry for a flavorful, inexpensive roast.
I had a coupon for $1 off two bags of Mars® Easter candy, but I wanted to think of creative ways to serve them rather than putting them in a candy bowl. I followed the box directions for brownies and then sprinkled M&M’s® on top for the last 10 minutes of baking. Yum!
Easter Dinner DIYs: Peeps® Fruit Kebabs & Candy Vase with Flowers
Kids will have to eat through the fruit if they want to get to the sugary marshmallow treat in the middle of these kebabs! This recipe is an easy DIY that will make your table shine. Keep prices down by sticking to two varieties of fruit. You can even used canned fruit and save more with a coupon from Dole®.
The rest of the M&M’s® went into my centerpiece. I put a drinking glass inside of a flower vase to create a space between the outside of the glass and the inside of the vase that I could line with candy. I then filled the glass with water and added flowers.
Since the M&M’s® added a lot of color, I was able to go with a simple bouquet of flowers that only cost $3.99. If you’re lucky enough to have spring flowers already in bloom in your own garden, you could use these instead for a completely free option!