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Stock Up on Halloween Candy for Less

Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Are you expecting lots of trick-or-treaters this Halloween? It is a good idea to stock up on candy just in case. There are ways to stock up without having to spend a ton of money. Here are some tips to help you buy the Halloween candy you need for less.

How to Save on Halloween Candy

Don’t buy your favorite kind!
So many people make a huge mistake when selecting Halloween candy. They buy a few bags of their favorite kind. What typically happens is people decide that it won’t hurt to have “just one piece”. Before they know it, the bag is empty and they have to spend more money to replace the candy that they ate.

Instead, pick up some bags of Halloween candy that you like, but are not your favorite. You will be less tempted to eat it. Put it in your cabinet or pantry so that it is out of sight. That will help it to still be there until Halloween.

Look for sales.
The sales on Halloween candy are about to begin. Some have already started and more will appear as we get closer to Halloween. Obviously, the best time to buy something is when it goes on sale. Check the weekly sales papers of grocery stores and department stores and compare prices.

For extra savings, shop at the store that you have a loyalty card with. Those cards tend to give you access to special discounts and digital coupons. Don’t forget to check the store’s website for digital coupons before you head out.

Don’t be the “cool parent”.
Somehow, every kid in the neighborhood figures out which house is handing out full size candy bars to trick-or-treaters. That parent becomes the coolest person in the neighborhood that night.

Unfortunately, this kind of popularity comes with a price. It is a lot more expensive to hand out full sized candy bars than it is to buy bags of Halloween candy and hand out the individual pieces. Resist the urge to impress the trick-or-treaters. Go with the inexpensive stuff.

Hand out things that are not candy.
It is perfectly acceptable to hand out non-candy items to the trick-or-treaters. Some parents collect up all those little “happy meal” toys that their kids have gotten bored with. Clean them up and give them to the trick-or-treaters. Or, get a package of Halloween stickers and cut them into individual pieces. Buy a bulk quantity of Halloween pencils and hand those out instead of candy. Be creative!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.