At this time of year in particular, rising candy costs can really hurt the budget. Because in just a few short weeks, dozens of adorable little princesses, witches, ghosts and spider-men want to be at your door, plastic pumpkin buckets in hand, demanding treats.
Have no fear. Here are some strategies for lowering your Halloween candy costs. Note that CNET may be a share of revenue from the products featured on this page.
Buy in bulk. If you have a membership at someplace like Costco or Sam's Club, you should be able to find it at a much lower cost-per-ounce than buying smaller bags. Amazon, of course, soells halloween candy in bulk, but you'll definitely want to compare prices.
Skip the chocolate. I know: blasphemy! There's nothing stopping you from buying a KitKats for yourself, but if you want to save money on the stuff you hand out, consider the non-chocolate options: Nerds, Starburst, and Skittles.
Time your purchases. According to consumer savings expert Lauren Greutman, Halloween candy is priced the lowest two weeks before Oct. 31. If you've usually waited for the last minute so you do not end up eating yourself, well, see the above tip. Buy the easy-to-resist non-chocolate candy when prices are lowest.
Scan the circulars. This is one time of year when it really does pay to shop around. Drugstores, dollar stores and grocery stores want to get you in the door, so they often have pretty good sales on candy. Want to tell which stores have the best deals? Head to flip and search for "candy."
Skip the candy altogether. Yeah, you might get a reputation as that house, but if it's mostly little kids coming to your door, consider something other than candy. At Amazon, for example, you can get a 50-pack of self-inking Halloween stamps for just $ 10. Or a 36-pack of Halloween-themed jigsaw puzzles for $ 12.
Have you found any other tips for saving money on Halloween treats? Share this in the comments!
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