Pack a picnic instead of eating out or getting takeaways. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

For those planning a holiday over the Easter period, the country’s economic downturn couldn’t have come at a worse time. Considering the impending effects of junk status, people will have to watch every cent spent closer than ever. 

Luckily, there are still things that you can do with your family during this time that won’t wreck your budget.

Here are some savvy saving tips for family fun:

Take advantage of the last of the summer sun

With winter on its way, now is the best time to get out and enjoy the sunshine. There are plenty of affordable outdoor activities around the country. 

Picnics in the park

Pack a picnic instead of eating out or getting takeaways - it’s healthier too.

Have an Easter weekend bring and braai

Everyone saves this way and gets to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal.

Be snack savvy

If you’re planning a day out, pack snacks that you can buy in bulk instead of having to buy them individually, on the go.

READ: #SchoolHolidays: 6 ways to keep the kids entertained

Get the kids involved in road trip preparations

Like helping you make the snacks, it will keep them busy and out of mischief.

Eat a hearty meal at home 

Before you go out, prepare a meal that will keep the whole family full so that you don’t have to fork out money on fast food.

Host an Easter egg hunt at home 

Shop around for the best priced Easter eggs and hide them around the garden to keep the kids busy for hours.

READ: Seven super Easter Bonnet ideas

Reduce, reuse, recycle and create 

Have a craft day with the kids, it’s amazing what you can do with a few old toilet rolls, some paint, paper and a glue stick. Again, just Google Easter craft ideas and you’ll find tons of inspiration.