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When it comes to buying Halloween Candy for all the neighbourhood kids it is easy to go overboard. Unless of course you are one of those people who turn the light off and pretend not to be home. Don’t be one of those people this year and use these simple tips to make Halloween affordable!
1) Wait to Buy!
If you wait to buy until a day or two before Halloween you will find that most stores will start marking down their Halloween candy. I actually started to notice it at my local grocery store a week ago. This is one of those times you shouldn’t question it and just take advantage.
2) Coupon! Coupon! Coupon!
Check online and in your coupon inserts for candy coupons (yes, they exist both in Canada and USA!). Match up the coupons with one of the sales and you’ve got a great deal on your hands!
3) Figure Out Price/Piece
Now that you’ve got your sales and coupons handy you really need to figure out which is the best deal by figuring out the price per piece of candy. This may not necessarily be the biggest box either! You will also find that chocolate tends to be more expensive so opt for other treats like Sweet Tarts, Skittles and other Candy. I would, however, avoid Candy that is likely to get thrown out – think back to your own childhood and you will know what I am talking about.
4) Don’t buy Full-Size
Another shocking bit of craziness is buying full sized candy. It’s OK to buy a few to treat your favourite neighbours kids but is totally unnecessary for trick or treaters. You really do not get an award for having the best candy. Trust me on that.
5) Avoid Temptation
You know what I mean Mom and Dad. You went out and bought a 90 piece box of your favourite chocolate bars two weeks ago and they somehow all disappeared. Avoid temptation by buying candy you won’t be tempted to snack on.
Did you Know? Canadians will spend $322 million on Halloween candy according to 2012 Canadian Halloween Spending Predictions from the Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!