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5 Tricks to Filling Treat Buckets for Less

By Just Heather |

Yesterday, I bought my Halloween candy for our trick-or-treaters. This is not the first candy I have bought through the Halloween season, nor will it be the last. You see, I’m kind of obsessed with Halloween candy.

Pumpkin shaped chocolates, Autumn-colored wrappers, candy corn, caramels. Oh, the caramels — wrapped around apples, surrounded by chocolate, or simply unwrapped one by one. It just tastes like fall!

The problem, of course, is I could spend our entire grocery budget in the seasonal candy aisle. So, I’ve devised a few tricks to keep our treat bucket full on the big day without going broke.

Here are 5 simple ways to save on Halloween candy:

  • Use coupons. Right now you’ll find several brands of candy with coupons right on the bag. There have also been coupons for popular brands in the Sunday inserts — and watch for printable coupons as Halloween approaches.
  • Take advantage of specials. My grocery store was just offering $5 off when you spend $20 on candy. So, I bought several bags, used a few coupons, and still got the extra $5 off. 9 bags of Halloween candy for $14 — sold!
  • Mix in inexpensive toys. I usually buy a giant bag of plastic spider rings on clearance to save for the following year. Mix it into the candy for a little extra volume, while not being that house that gives out crap.
  • Beef up cheap candy. The ghost treats I pass out each year? A tissue, ribbon, and a sucker. It’s the most frugal treat, but it’s always a huge hit!
  • Buy candy you don’t like. And, here’s my biggest secret. If I want to stockup during the sales and still actually have candy for trick-or-treaters, I buy candy I won’t eat. I don’t have to worry about digging into my stash all month and needing to rebuy for Halloween!

A big thanks to Werther’s for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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About Just Heather

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Heather Sokol babbles about shoes, cocktails, and, mostly, her family. She and her geeky husband are raising four kids and losing sanity daily. They live their gluten free life on a budget while Heather shares her deals, tips and coupon savvy. Read more on her blog Just HeatherTwitter or Pinterest. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “5 Tricks to Filling Treat Buckets for Less

  1. Diana Stone says:

    Yes! Buying candy I’m not fond of is the way to go. And buying it the day of helps too.

  2. laurenhartmann says:

    We’ve never lived in a neighborhood with many kids before this year so I never had to think about buying candy for trick or treaters, but these tips will help me since we live in a neighborhood full of them now. Thanks!

  3. Danielle says:

    “Buy candy you don’t like” -> Best advice EVER for so many reasons!

  4. Kelsey says:

    These are ALL great ideas. I agree – buy candy you don’t like!!

  5. Emily says:

    Great tips! Candy can be so expensive! But I don’t want to be that family that sends my kids out trick-or-treating, but doesn’t actually give any candy away at our house!

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