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How to Avoid Frighteningly High Halloween Candy Prices

Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 8:12 am
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 Is the price of Halloween candy spooking you too? Find out how to save money on Halloween candy this year! As I was browsing the Halloween aisle the other day, the only thing that really spooked me was the Halloween candy prices. Yikes! Don’t get me wrong, I love handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween (and maybe munching a few pieces myself), but I just can’t afford the good stuff this year. So, I got to thinking about how I can save on Halloween candy. Here’s what I came up with:

  • If you’re looking to spend less on candy this Halloween, buy sugar-based candy. Why? Because it’s almost always significantly cheaper than chocolate candies.

6 Ways to Avoid Expensive Halloween Candy

Shop at the Dollar Store. I’ve found great discounts on candy here!

Buy in bulk. If you are expecting high tick-or-treating traffic, buying in bulk is a good way to save money.

Start searching for Halloween candy coupons early. If you find an unbeatable deal, stock up now (but don’t eat it all before Halloween)!

Don’t buy candy you like. I know, this one sounds painful, but it will keep you from snacking and therefore leave more for the trick-or-treaters. On that note…

Don’t buy too soon. I notice that when I buy candy too far beforehand, it slowly disappears and by the time Halloween actually rolls around I have to go buy more.

Think outside the box. You don’t necessarily have to hand out candy. If you find a better deal on a different kind of individually wrapped snack, then buy that instead. Some candy alternatives might include fruit rolls or fruit snacks, nuts, chips, cookies, etc. Plus, if you buy a snack that you eat regularly, any leftovers will be sure to go to good use. You might also consider handing out things such as stickers, pencils, toys … whatever the best deal is you can get your hands on.

If you want your own candy, wait for the after Halloween candy clearance sales. This is the time to stock up on your personal candy stash!

Always keep in mind that handing out candy on Halloween is optional, so if you just can’t find affordable candy to suit your budget, that’s okay! And if you run out of candy during the night, that’s okay too! Just be sure to have lots of fun!

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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.