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How to save money on Halloween candy

Updated on May 29, 2016
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Erin Shelby is passionate about living a lifestyle that aims for financial freedom. She writes about personal finance and other topics.

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Is it getting a little pricey to pay for Trick-or-Treat candy every year? Are you expecting a huge crowd of kids to show up at your door on Halloween? Are you tempted to keep your porch light off this year because Halloween candy costs too much? Try these tips for saving money on Halloween candy.

Look for Halloween Candy Coupons

If you already get a paper copy of the Sunday newspaper, you should also be getting at least one thick ad full of coupons. When Halloween approaches, candy coupons start to appear more. You can also look for candy coupons online at websites like coupons.com, redplum.com and smartsource.com.

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Stock up on Halloween Candy Slowly

This can really help if you always seem to run out of candy during Trick-or-Treat or if you experience a sudden sticker shock that curbs your purchasing. Try buying a bag or two of candy each week in the month or two leading up to Halloween so you catch the best prices. You’ll see how much prices change from week to week and when you’re not in a rush, you can choose the best deal.

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Think Outside the Candy Wrapper

Consider giving something other than candy to Trick-or-Treaters. While it’s a Halloween tradition to give sugary treats, kids might just as much enjoy something else instead. You might also save money on Halloween night if you consider giving:

  • Coins- kids love money!
  • Glow sticks
  • Jewelry, including rubbery bracelets or sticker earrings
  • Lapel pins
  • Pencils in fun colors or prints
  • Pens in fun colors (purple, pink, yellow, etc.)
  • Racecars
  • Rubber balls
  • Stickers
  • Tiny notebooks
  • Yo-yo’s
  • Any toy similar to those found in a coin-operated machine for kids
  • Toys from restaurant kids meals that your children have left unopened and unused (books, crayons, etc.)

If you’ve taken advantage of back-to-school deals, you might have extra items that trick-or-treaters (and their parents) would enjoy receiving.

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