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As with all holidays, the closer it gets to the big day, the cheaper holiday-themed products will be.
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Giving out handfuls of candy each time the doorbell rings will empty your supply in a hurry, so be conservative.
Jack-o-Lantern bucket filled with candies.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Mid-October is a great time to start thinking about Halloween shopping. It's not too early, products are already on sale, and the shelves have not yet been cleaned out.
It's easy to forget how expensive the holiday can be. By the time pumpkins, costumes and loads of candy are purchased, the spookiest night of the year can leave cobwebs in your wallet. If you live in a large neighborhood, candy is likely the biggest expense. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to save on sweets.
First , wait as long as you can to stock up. As with all holidays, the closer it gets to the big day, the cheaper holiday-themed products will be. If you buy candy early, try to keep it tucked away until it's time for trick-or-treaters. Otherwise, you may end up spending more to replenish your supply because of snacking friends and family.
Buying candy in bulk may not be the cheapest option, and it's possible that candy from the dollar store isn't the cheapest, either. To start, compare the price per ounce . Bags sold at the dollar store can be smaller than those found at other retailers, so they may seem like a better deal than they really are.
Also look for opportunities to stack coupons with sale prices and freebies with purchase. Target, CVS and Walgreens are just a few stores that allow shoppers to stack store coupons with manufacturer coupons. This can lead to big savings on top of sale prices. These retailers also offer store rewards and free gift cards with purchase on a regular basis. Don't forget to factor those after-purchase rewards into the sale price.
While comparing prices, you'll probably notice that chocolate candy is more expensive than others. You'll usually save money by purchasing the alternative sugary treats like gummies or hard candies. Don't forget to check the usual candy aisle on your shopping trip as well. At times you can find candy that isn't packaged specifically for Halloween at a lower cost - even chocolates. However, if you're stocking up for your own candy stash after the holiday, the opposite is true. Those candies with a Halloween label will be marked down considerably on Nov. 1.
Though it's a tempting fantasy to become the most popular house on the block, don't feel too much pressure from the neighborhood goblins and ghouls. There are always childhood tales about the house that handed out king-size candy bars to each visitor, but there's no reason to empty your bank account for that kind of glory. Kids will excitedly take what they're given while trick-or-treating. Decide what your candy allotment per trick-or-treater is and stick to it. Giving out handfuls each time the doorbell rings will empty your supply in a hurry.
One idea I like is to invite friends and family over on Halloween and pool your resources. This works especially well if you know families who don't live in a neighborhood and are looking for a different place to spend the holiday. Visitors can bring their own candy contributions, meaning you'll all save money and still have a big batch of candy to share with trick-or-treaters.
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