How to Avoid Frighteningly High Halloween Candy Prices
Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 8:12 am
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!