Ah, candy… That beautiful, sweet treasure that we were given as positive reinforcement when we were too young to understand the health implications it brought with it… like joy…
As we grow older, we decide that candy is for kids. We act like we don’t need it, but deep down you know you want that sugared devil. It’s the one thing that keeps us young… I mean, it gives most people really bad skin, but like “young”… you know? Like our souls. Let’s just meditate on the thought of some Reese’s Pieces. Ohm…
The best thing about candy, though… is that it has an entire holiday dedicated to the idea of devouring it. And let’s be real, that’s probably one of the only reasons we actually like Halloween. Otherwise, it’s just another holiday where we don’t get candy-- *shudders*. Unfortunately, as much as we all want to… it’d be a little irresponsible to spend our entire savings in the candy aisle, so I’m going to help you figure out how to make it look responsible. You’re welcome.
The first thing to remember is that Halloween, especially now that you’re legally considered an adult—is for giving out candy. Eating it is definitely a part, but the candy you purchase is for other people. I know... Why would you just give away something so precious… for free?! Trust me, Halloween is a lot more fun when you participate amongst peers. You’ll get candy too… just not from yourself… because that’s sad. Please refrain.
That being said, don’t buy your favorite candy to give out. Frankly no one wants to see a grown man or woman cry. It’s unnecessarily painful, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll cave and totally inhale it. Then you’ll have a serious case of “the regrets”.
To further avoid the possibility of that happening, wait to buy candy. Not only will you resist temptation, but you’ll see that prices drop immensely right before the holiday. This is because stores have other things to get to—like Christmas merchandise. Because of the need to get out as much Halloween merchandise as possible, the days before are crucial in making as many sales as possible—so prices plummet. Their prices also fall afterwards, because they just don’t want that stuff around anymore… which doesn’t help you so much for the actual holiday, but y’know... it’s a great deal afterwards… gotta keep your soul young.
When you do go shopping, remember to keep your senses in check, and buy whatever’s cheapest. You don’t have to buy suck-ish candy, but you should try to keep your head on straight when you see a tower of Ferrero Rocher. It’s not worth it to spend money you didn’t need to spend on candy that you shouldn’t eat. No one’s going to remember the brand or type of candy you gave out, to be honest—no one’s really going to remember if you gave any out at all!
Keeping that in mind, don’t buy full size, king size, or jumbo sized anything. Stick to your average size, or fun sized candy. I mean… who could hate a FUN sized anything, amirite?
Next, the holy grail of saving money: coupons. What better way to advertise products than to promise people a lower cost? Lots of stores will print coupons on your past receipts, so do a little paper work and see if you can make use of anything.
Look online, through magazines, on receipts, etc. to see if you can find yourself a deal. The tricky thing about coupons is the fact that they do expire. You can only hold onto a coupon for so long before you lose an opportunity—but let’s be real, not every opportunity is one worth taking. Try to keep the coupons that expire near the date of the actual holiday, so you can use them when the sales start popping up.
So the basic takeaway is: make sure that you keep the expiration dates in mind, and maximize your attempts by trying to combine those savings with a sale.
And lastly, Halloween candy is great and all… like really great. But also limit the amount you buy. You only have one night to put it all to use, you don’t want a bunch of left over cheap candy lying around. When it comes to Halloween candy, estimating a realistic amount will save your night, and your wallet.
Most of all, have fun. Candy is great and all—like really great… but the point of Halloween is to dress up, get out of the house and have a good time.