Cook Fast, Live Young: Tips for Saving Money on Halloween Candy
Trick or treat! In a few days, you'll have kids showing up at your door looking for something good to eat. So what can you give them that won't break the bank?
Here are a few tips for saving the most on Halloween candy this year.
Wait as long as you can to head to the store
. The closer it is to Halloween, the cheaper the prices will be. Stores are in a hurry to get rid of the stock they have to start preparing for Christmas, so you can often find some killer deals on October 31st if you can wait it out.
. No one's going to remember what candy your house handed out at the end of the night, so resist the temptation to be the place that offers the "good" candy. Buy whatever is cheapest. Lollipops, sweet tarts, and bubble gum are often a good deal.
Go fun size
. Can't get over the idea that you should offer the "good" candy? If buying brand name treats matters to you, opt for the smaller sizes. When comparing the prices of different types of candy, look at how many pieces there are in a bag instead of how many ounces it contains. You'll get more bang for your buck if you get more pieces for each dollar you spend rather than looking for the best price per ounce, since you can feed more kids that way.
. Do you have kids that will be going trick-or-treating? Send them out earlier in the night. When they get back, sort through what they got and pick out the candies that no one likes. Instead of throwing these away, put them in the bucket to hand out to trick-or-treaters who show up at your door.
Hand out the candy yourself
. Don't let the kids dig in and select their own… or you might find that they are helping themselves to quite a few! Set a limit – one or two candies per child. Some people enjoy giving "bonus" candies every now and then to reward really creative costumes.
. Many people worry that they will run out of candy before the night is over, and that usually leads to leftovers when you may already have a house full of candy that your children brought home. Consider buying a little less than you think you'll need. If you run out, you can simply turn the front light off or leave an apology note.
Juliana Weiss-Roessler has ten years of professional writing and editing experience. For four years, she managed the web content for the star of an Emmy-nominated reality series. Currently, she is an editor for the geek girl e-zine PinkRaygun.com, a contributor to the career blog at Resumark.com, and owner of the food blog CookFastLiveYoung.blogspot.com. Follow her @cookfast on Twitter and learn more about her work at WeissRoessler.com.