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How to Save Money on Goodie Bags

Updated on April 28, 2012

Making Goodie Bags on a Budget

Are you looking for ways to save money while making large quantities of goodie bags? Whether it is for a big holiday or birthday party, I wanted to share a few of the tips I have learned along the way to save money while making our family's goodie bags.

Being the mother of two little boys and a wife to a 4th grade teacher, it seems like I am always making up goodie bags for a big holiday or birthday party. Living on one income, I had to come up with some creative ways on saving money on these goodie bags because lets face it - these treats can get very expensive when you have multiple kids in school. Just this past Halloween, I was faced with the large task of making over 60 goodie bags and yes come December it will happen again with Christmas.

So if you are in the same boat as me, I thought I would share a few tips on how our family saves money on making our goodie bags.


Money Saving Ideas for Goodie Bags

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Our Halloween goodie bags with a personal note made on our home computer!Buy the cupcake goodie boxes and fill them with your special treats!Cookies fit nicely in any goodie bag and save so much money!
Our Halloween goodie bags with a personal note made on our home computer!
Our Halloween goodie bags with a personal note made on our home computer! | Source
Buy the cupcake goodie boxes and fill them with your special treats!
Buy the cupcake goodie boxes and fill them with your special treats! | Source
Cookies fit nicely in any goodie bag and save so much money!
Cookies fit nicely in any goodie bag and save so much money! | Source

Money Saving Tips to Making Goodie Bags

  • Tip #1 - First and foremost, ALWAYS shop the clearance aisles once the holidays are over. Pick up the bubbles, those crazy noise makers, goodie bags, and anything else you can find on sale. You will be so thankful the next year that you don't have to pay full price!
  • Tip #2 - If you didn't get a chance to shop the clearance aisle last year, check out places like the Dollar Tree especially for items like the goodie bags. You can get 25 bags for $1.00 versus 20 bags at Walmart for $1.88. They also have fun little toys to throw in the goodie bags. Great place to save some money!
  • Tip #3 - Always buy the regular packaged candy! Yes I know the special holiday packaged candy is tempting but if you buy the regular packaged candy you can always save the excess candy back for the next batch of goodie bags. Most candy expires 6 months to a year after the manufacture date if stored properly.
  • Tip #4 - Recycle those goodies from the parties your child attends in other useful ways. For example, I kept all those pencils my boys got in their goodie bags. By the time my little boy started Kindergarten, I did not have to buy the pack of pencils off the supply list because I already had 30 pencils in our desk drawer!
  • Tip #5 - If you don't want to do the normal candy and toys routine, bake some delicious cookies or other treats to put in the goodie bags. It totally adds a personal touch, the kids will love it, and it will save you a fortune!


Helpful Tips for Goodie Bags

Most importantly get creative with making these goodie bags and have fun with it. If you are making a large quantity of bags like me, make it a family event in order to help save your sanity. Trust me - I will take any help I can get around here! Hope you will find these tips as helpful as I do and they save you money on making your goodie bags!

If you have any great ideas on how to save money on making goodie bags, please share your tips with everyone in the comment section below.


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      Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are great ideas for goodie bags. I'll pass your tips to my daughter who is a single mom.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      So happy that you found them helpful. Thanks so much for reading!

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      plinka 5 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      Good tips! Making 60 goodie bags... Huhh. I like your photos too. Voted up! :-)

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much for the vote up & sweet comment! Come December I will be doing this all again- got bday & Christmas parties :)

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      Kenda 5 years ago

      Great tips. I bet you are one popular mom at those school parties.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thank you Kenda! I actually enjoy making the bags but if the number keeps growing I am going to have to hire additional help :) Appreciate you taking the time to read and posting your comment!

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Wise advice. I've started saving leftover Halloween candy for stocking stuffers.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      I have done that before too :) Thanks for reading and appreciate the follow!

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      Tabariah 5 years ago from Knoxville, TN

      I have found that the clearance aisles are a fabulous way for these bags! My daughter's b-day is in May, and I always find great post-Easter deals; however, I admit that I pick up these kinds of items all year long. Great article - the Target $1 section is fabulous too!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Oh how I wish we had a Target closer to us! But I did pick up 4 packs of vampire teeth after Halloween for a quarter each to put in my son's upcoming bday party goodie bags. Thanks for reading and posting your comment Tabariah! I appreciate the follow too!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Fabulous tips. I really don't enjoy creating goodie bags and they are expensive. You ideas will help me plan out and make some great bags for the next holiday without breaking the bank. Voted up and awesome.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much for the vote up! I will be making my son's ninja bday goodie bags in the next few days. It always helps that I never have to buy any candy since we still have 2 baskets full of Halloween candy left! Appreciate you stopping by and leaving your comment!

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      mommyloves2write 5 years ago

      Last week I went to Target's 70% Dollar Spot sale and along with my daughter, picked out her goody bag items and her goody bag (a pretty pail). Total cost was $1.20 for the pail and three girly things to put inside. Her birthday is in October and I am ready!

      I usually save Halloween candy that my twins get to put in their goody bags.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      That is so awesome mommyloves2write! So happy to hear that I am not the only who stocks up on those sale items. My husband laughs at my cabinet loaded with after holiday and clearance items but they come in so handy the next holiday or special occasion when you don't have to pay full price. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Very cool tips although sometimes I like to put cheap gifts into an expensive looking bag. Hey, if it seems French, folks will think it's expensive, right?

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