Candy season is upon us once again, and usually, we give out tons of candy on Halloween night! But being so generous gets expensive... One year we spent $60 to have enough for all the kids that come by the house... this year, that's not really an option.
Fortunately a few years ago I figured out the secret to having the best Halloween candy and how to pay practically nothing for it! (I've often gotten it for free, and sometimes they even pay me to take it away!)
You do have to put in a little time, but if you're trying to save money, then you usually have to pay for those savings with time. If you start now, you'll have plenty of candy once it's time for trick-or-treat visitors!
I usually try to have about 30-50 full size (or even king size) candy bars (everyone gets 1). This has made me the most popular house on the block, hands down!
Ok, so how do I do it?!
Cheap Halloween Candy
First, you need to figure out what type of candy you want to give away.
Personally, we go for the popular chocolate bars, but, to each his own... decide what you like and want to give away. And what you're willing to eat if there's any left over!
Once you have that decided, you'll want to find some coupons for that type of candy.
Search for your preferred type of candy and grab any available coupons.
In some cases, you can just print out coupons at home. Others may be from newspaper circulars. In the latter case, you'll want to about gathering up those coupons somehow. You can turn to eBay to search for bulk coupons that other people have gathered.
Once you have your manufacturer coupons then you'll want to find that candy on sale at a store near you.
Here's a current scenario in my area:
First, I found a manufacturer coupon for my preferred brand of candy on Southern Savers for a B1G1 deal and printed as many as was allowed (using all the computers, smart phones, and tablets I had in the house!).
Then, my area grocery store has King Size candy bars on sale for $1.38 per bar, with a $1.00 off 2 in store coupon.
Add to that my B1G1 coupon (a $1.38 value) and you get these results!
(2) King Size Candy Bars - $2.76
- Manufacturer Coupon - ($1.38)
- In Store Coupon - ($1.00)
= (2) King size bars for $0.19 a piece!
It does take a little time to gather the coupons and make the sales... but if you grab a few each time you're in the store from now until Halloween, you'll have plenty to give away and you'll end up spending less than $7 on the whole endeavor!
And remember, you can use manufacturer coupons at grocery stores, drug stores, Walmart, and Target! And each of those places has sales and in store coupons of their own to make candy super cheap (and sometimes it's even FREE!!)
Good luck, share your success with us, and let me know if you have any questions!