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Easter Bunny on a Budget

The National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend an average of $131.04 on their Easter celebration this year, up 10 percent from last year but still off the Easter spending levels of years past. This will bring total spending on Easter merchandise this year to $14.6 billion, the trade group also said.

The average person will shell out $18.55 on Easter candy and $8.00 on decorations for their home. For Easter dress, the NRF expects the average person to spend $21.51 on new spring apparel—a 13 percent pop from last year—as shoppers take advantage of spring sales and the longer Easter season. Discount stores are expected to dominate consumer attention this Easter.

“While spending is expected to improve from the past two years, families are still sticking to a budget with an eagle eye on low prices,” said Phil Rist, executive vice president of strategic initiatives for BIGresearch, in a release accompanying the NRF survey.

To help you stick to your own budget, we’ve gathered up some interesting ideas—all priced less than $25—that aren’t filled with sugar. Click ahead to see them all.

By Christina Cheddar-Berk & Mia Lamar
Posted 7 April 2011

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