Looking to save on your mishloach manot for Purim this year? Here are three tips that will help you save money – and time.
#1 Don’t try to keep up with the Schwartzes. I did that, too. For a long time. Then the combined forces of motherhood (i.e. who has the time or energy to be the Jewish Martha Stewart?) and a tight budget led me to adopt my simple and somewhat creative mishloach manot approach. There will always be people who give more lavish, creative and expensive mishloach manot. But I like to think that my Purim dollars are better spent on matanot l’evyonim and seudah.
#2 Cut down your list. It’s the best way to save money on a wedding – and a pretty good way to do it for Purim, too. If you are preparing 55 individual mishloach manot, and manage to spend only $1 per “basket” (unlikely), that’s still $55. Realistically, I think $2-$3 is a better target price, even with forethought and frugality. Which means, you’re talking somewhere around $150. Yikes! Can you combine families (adults and kids), rather than doing separate gifts? Could you cut a few people off your list?
#3 Shop the sales, use your coupons, and stockpile. Aaaah, you knew it was coming! Last year, I made Ice Cream Sundae themed mishloach manot, inspired by a huge sale on individual ice cream cups at Target. Keep an eye out for stockpiling opportunities, then use something you can get for free – or practically free – as the “anchor” for your mishloach manot.
I loved all the creative mishloach manot ideas submitted by KOAB readers last Purim. You may want to check those out here, here and here (many were very frugal-friendly) if you haven’t seen them yet. (And yes, I am planning to do something similar again this year – stay tuned!)
Now I want to turn it over to my fabu readers. What are your suggestions for keeping your mishloach manot cute, creative and not too costly? Let’s chat about it in the comments section!