According to Statistics Canada, $331 million dollars was spent on Halloween candy in 2009. $331 million dollars. That a lot of money to fork over for junk food (because let’s be honest, no one is handing out apples these days – well, except maybe a few dentists!).
Halloween candy is one of the best things about the holiday (right?), but that doesn’t mean you need to shell out an absurd amount of money for it.
Here are 5 ways to save money on Halloween candy:
1. Set a budget
The very first thing you need to do before buying your candy, is to determine how much money you can realistically afford to spend.
Set a strict budget and keep it in mind when you make your purchases.
2. Shop the sales
Come October, there will be sales on candy and chocolates all over the place.
Be sure to watch the flyers of stores in your area and stock up on Halloween items when they are priced cheaply at those stores.
The later into October you go, the cheaper the items will be, but keep in mind that if you wait until October 31st to buy candy, you’re not going to have the best selection (if you can find any at all).
3. Buy in bulk
Like anything, stocking up on inexpensive items is a fantastic way to save money. This includes Halloween candy.
When you do see sales at your local stores, be sure to stock up. Don’t go overboard, though. Remember your budget, and stop once you get there.
In addition, bulk stores, such as Costco, often have great deals on Halloween candy. If you’re able to go to one of those stores, do it, and see what you can find.
4. Give non-chocolate treats
Chocolate costs much more than a big box of Skittles or Twizzlers, so if you’re looking to save money on Halloween candy, pick those up instead.
Kids just want free candy. They don’t care if it’s chocolate, candies, gum, chips or Cheetos. If it’s junk, they’ll eat it. Well, mine will, anyway.
5. Shop the dollar store
Many dollar stores have Halloween candy for sale; often name-brand candies and chocolates.
This is a great place to buy goodies for the kids in your neighbourhood, for much less than you would pay at a big-box retailer like Walmart.
Note: Always check the expiration date on items you purchase from dollar stores, as I have had some people tell me they found many expired food items at those stores.
6. Hand stuff out yourself
Finally, to avoid kids taking all of your candy in less than 20 minutes (this seriously happened to me one year) by picking what they want themselves, you hand it out.
When you allow kids to pick out their own candy, they tend to grab a huge handful, instead of just one or two pieces. Don’t give them this option.
If you want to save money on Halloween candy, do a bit of planning this year. Don’t wait until the last minute.
Whether you choose to buy non-chocolate treats, shop at dollar stores or just wait until a good sale comes along, the important thing to remember is that being generous by handing out candy doesn’t mean you have to go broke.
Purchase what you can afford, hand it out, and go relax. Save some candy for yourself. The good stuff.