Treat Yourself to Some Easter Savings Tips

This guide contains ten easy tips to save money during Easter 2024.
Last modified: 25th July 2024
William Jolly  |  

With Easter coming up, so too is the mountain of expenses that often come with it. One in three Australians identify money as a ‘significant’ cause of stress already, and 25% say they’re concerned about how they’re going to make ends meet.

If you want to save some money this Easter compared to previous years and ease the stress on your bank account a little bit, we’ve got you covered. This guide contains ten easy tips to save money during Easter 2024.

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When is Easter 2024?

Easter Sunday in 2024 is Sunday, the 31st of March. When accounting for Good Friday, Friday, 29 March, and Monday, 1 April, are public holidays for Easter 2024 (for most states). 

How much do Australians spend at Easter time?

The Easter long weekend is one of the most anticipated holiday periods of the year, with the four-day weekend offering many of us the chance to take some time away from work. As a result, our spending jumps quite a bit.

According to data from Westpac DataX and the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), Australians spent $8.1 billion over the week of Easter (April 2 – April 8) in 2023. That was an increase of 4.5% from 2022, less than inflation, given the ongoing cost of living pressures.

“Westpac DataX’s post-Easter analysis shows Australians felt cost-of-living pressures this year, with retail spending up just 4.5% on last year - less than inflation,” said Head of Westpac DataX Jade Clarke.

“We saw smaller annual growth compared to the corresponding Easter period last year across the board, other than in Food Retailing (grocery), which was up 8.6%, partly due to inflation,” she said.

Savvy, meanwhile, found that 80% of Aussies intended to spend $500 or less for Easter 2023. In contrast, 58% said they were prepared to spend up to $500 in the same survey for 2022.

“This is the first Easter in memory when a deluxe chocolate egg can cost upwards of twenty dollars or more. Buying three or four of those for kids and cousins really does add up,” Savvy spokesperson Adrian Edlington said.

Easter 2024 set for $2 billion splurge.

While there’s no spending data for Easter 2024, as it hasn’t happened yet, the ARA has a pretty good idea of how much we’ll be parting with. 

According to its data, Australian families will spend $2.05 billion on Easter treats alone this year. That’s $400 million more than in 2023 for things like Easter eggs and hot cross buns.

As many as 17.3 million people will buy Easter food and chocolate in 2024—one million more than the year before! 

Despite the increased spending overall, most Australians plan on spending broadly the same amount as last year (63%), with almost a third planning to spend less (29%).

“Roughly one million more people will be buying Easter treats this year, which coincides with Australia’s population growth of 2.4% over the past year,” ARA CEO Paul Zahra said.

“While most Australians will be looking to spend the same or less as last year, the increase in our population has bolstered the overall spend significantly.

“Australians are under severe pressure right now due to the rising cost of living and interest rate hikes, but for many, Easter is a time to relax and enjoy special time with family and friends.

10 tips to save money this Easter

You don’t have to avoid celebrating Easter altogether just to save money. Here are ten practical tips to help you save money while still having fun this Easter:

  1. Look for cheaper fuel
  2. Be mindful of fines and demerits
  3. Have a staycation or find cheaper accommodation
  4. Try some free activities
  5. Share the expenses with friends and family
  6. Shop smarter for groceries!
  7. Buy fewer eggs
  8. DIY decorations
  9. Get creative with the Easter egg hunt
  10. Start planning for next Easter!

1. Look for cheaper fuel.

Fuel has always been a huge Easter expense since many of us take long road trips. But with petrol prices hitting $2.30 a litre and over as of March 2024, the need to save on fuel is more significant than ever. 

Monitoring fuel prices and planning your refuelling can lead to considerable savings while utilising fuel price tracking apps can help you identify the best times and places to buy fuel.

2. Be mindful of fines and demerits.

While not necessarily a ‘savings’ tip, it’s worth remembering that many states and territories are extra vigilant about unsafe driving during holiday periods. More drivers are on the roads, and more crashes occur during peak periods like Easter. As a result, you’re more likely to get a speeding fine.

To make matters worse, most states/territories issue double demerit points during public holidays, so getting caught speeding or breaking the law while driving can give you the old one-two punch:

State/TerritoryDouble demerit points during public holidays?
Australian Capital TerritoryYes
Northern TerritoryNo
New South WalesYes
QueenslandYes (all year-round for the same offences that occur within 12 months)
South AustraliaNo
TasmaniaNo
VictoriaNo
Western AustraliaYes

3. Have a staycation or find cheaper accommodation.

Considering the high demand and consequently higher prices for travel and accommodation during Easter, opting for a staycation or seeking out less expensive options can significantly reduce your spending. 

Exploring off-peak destinations or using accommodation-sharing platforms are ways to enjoy a getaway without the hefty price tag. You can also try camping if you don’t mind a bit of nature for a change.

Savvy’s survey found the number of Aussies staying home over Easter rose from 45% in 2022 to 64% in 2023. Of the remaining 36%, nearly half (14% in total) opted for a staycation and explored local tourist attractions instead of travelling.

4. Try some free activities.

Many communities offer a range of free or low-cost Easter activities. From local egg hunts to festive parades, these events can provide family-friendly entertainment without impacting your budget.

You should be able to visit your local council’s website or websites like Eventbrite to filter through the free activities that are offered nearby.

5. Share the expenses with friends and family.

If your Easter celebrations involve some gatherings and meals, you shouldn’t have to do it all yourself in this economic climate. By organising potluck-style events where everyone contributes a dish, you can enjoy a nice feast without shouldering the entire financial burden.

Apps like Beem and Splitwise are helpful for keeping track of shared expenses and keeping everyone accountable.

6. Shop smarter for groceries!

Groceries are the most prominent household financial burden (32%) in 2023/24, ahead of mortgage repayments (24.1%), rent (15.2%) and energy costs (7.7%). Make sure you shop smarter for your food and other groceries this Easter: look beyond the big two supermarkets, take advantage of specials and loyalty programs, and buy in bulk if you can.

It’s also wise to avoid eating out at restaurants if possible during Easter, thanks to holiday surcharges.

7. Buy fewer eggs.

As mentioned earlier, treats like eggs and chocolate are a huge Easter expense. Research from Finder in 2023 found that the average Aussie spent $62 on eggs alone—per person! 

This is obviously an expense you can trim or cull entirely if you want. Setting a limit on the number of eggs per person or opting for smaller eggs can help manage these costs without diminishing the holiday spirit. You may also be paying a premium for the eggs on display at Coles and Woolworths, with cheaper options available elsewhere.

8. DIY decorations.

Creating your own Easter decorations can be a fun and cost-effective alternative to purchasing new ones each year. Materials for DIY projects can often be sourced cheaply or even found around the home.

When done right, this can be fun for both adults and children.

9. Get creative with the Easter egg hunt.

If you’ve got kids to plan for (or some enthusiastic adults), having a good Easter egg hunt is a must. Revamping the traditional Easter egg hunt by including non-chocolate items or creating DIY puzzles and challenges can add a unique twist to the event and reduce the reliance on expensive chocolate eggs.

10. Start planning for next Easter!

One of the best ways to save for the Easter break is to start planning early. The post-Easter sales are an excellent opportunity to buy decorations, gifts, and even non-perishable treats at a fraction of the cost. Setting aside a small amount of money each month into a dedicated Easter savings account can also help you be ready when the time comes.

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Written by - William Jolly

Content Manager
William is the Content Manager at Jacaranda Finance. He has worked as both a journalist and a media advisor at some of Australia's biggest financial comparison sites such as Canstar, Compare the Market and Savings.com.au, and is passionate about helping Australians find the right money solution for them.

You can get in touch with William via williamj@jacarandafinance.com.au.
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