If you're one of the many who spend a ton of money on Halloween candy each year, you're not alone. The amount of money spent on candy every October can be a ridiculous amount, especially if you get a lot of trick-or-treater traffic. The good news is that you don't always have to shell out a lot of cash just to have something to hand out to the kids. There are several ways you can save money on Halloween candy and have a little something leftover for yourself.
Buy in bulk
Buying in bulk is one of the easiest ways to save money on Halloween candy. Your best bet is to get a day pass to a local warehouse club chain, such as Costco, and pick up whatever you need. Just make sure not to overbuy or you'll be left with a bunch of candy you won't know what to do with.
Buy non-chocolate candy
Chocolate candy is more expensive than non-chocolate candy like Starburst. If you're tight on funds, give the individually wrapped non-chocolate candy out on Halloween. The kids will still be happy to get it.
Skip giving out candy
Many go right for giving out candy on Halloween, but another option is to skip it all together in favor of something else. Additional options to consider include Halloween rubber ducky toys, pencils or erasers. Kids actually love getting these types of items because they're different from the traditional candy. A great site to check out is Oriental Trading, which sells these types of items in bulk.
Shop at the dollar store
The dollar store has a serious amount of good candy that kids will love and at only a dollar a bag, you can stock up and get all that you need. They have brand name candy you're familiar with as well as "generic" versions and chocolate and non-chocolate depending on your preference.
Use your coupons
Stock up on candy coupons as Halloween approaches so you can take advantage of any sales that come along with an additional discount. If you can't find many coupons you could use, check out eBay where sellers usually offer them in bulk.
Don't open the bag early
One of the biggest ways to spend extra money on Halloween candy is buying more bags because you or your family ate all the ones you initially bought. You know how it is, you go for "just one piece" and before you know it, you're shaking out a bag filled with empty wrappers. Avoid the temptation and keep the bags closed until trick-or-treaters arrive.
Hand the candy out yourself
When I was a kid, I remember going to homes where there was a big bowl of candy just sitting on the stoop. There were several occasions when kids around me may as well have used a shovel for the amount of candy they grabbed despite the sign that said "Please take only one piece." Getting up to keep answering the door can be a bit annoying after awhile, but at least you know every child will get a fair amount of candy and you won't run out too early.
Halloween is supposed to be fun! You shouldn't have to choose between handing out candy to kids and keeping enough money in your bank account. With enough ways to save on Halloween candy, you'll be able to hand out all that you want for a only small price.
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