I'm a procrastinator. I wait until the last minute to do almost everything. I'm the lady running frantically around the store on Halloween night fighting over the last package of mini Snickers bars!

Waiting until the last minute to buy Halloween candy can be an unpleasant — and sometimes expensive — experience. Fortunately, I discovered frugal ways to score some spookily awesome deals on Halloween treats without spending a bundle.

The Procrastinator’s Guide to Saving on Halloween Treats

  1. Wait for it! Wait until the day before Halloween (or even Halloween day) to shop for candy. For once, being a procrastinator pays off! Although the selection might not be great, many stores start marking down Halloween candy on the day of the holiday to make room for Christmas merchandise. Pair the discounted candy with a coupon and score one frightful deal!
  2. Ditch the chocolate. Chocolate tends to be more expensive than other candy. Hand out individually wrapped non-chocolate candy like Starburst or Jolly Ranchers instead.
  3. Shop at discount stores. Stores like the Dollar Store and Grocery Outlet sell name brand candy and generic versions. At the Dollar Store, pick up a huge package of suckers or Tootsie Rolls for a buck each! Hand out one or two pieces to each trick-or-treater, and one bag could be enough for Halloween night. Feeling guilty about the lack of high-end Halloween goodies handed out at your home? If so, consider adorning each treat with Halloween stickers or orange ribbon.
  4. Use an app. Find the best price on Halloween candy by comparing grocery store prices with an app like Grocery Pal, Peapod, Google Shopper or ShopSavvy.
  5. Buy Halloween candy in bulk. Score huge bags of cheap candy at wholesale retailers like Costco or Sam's Club. For example, I found a package of 360 Dum Dums for $8 at my local Sam's Club. Or hit the bulk food bins for bags of pre-wrapped candy.
  6. Use a coupon. That's an obvious one, but it’s never too late to find coupons and save even more money. Don’t get caught up in the last-minute urgency to pay any price for a bag of candy. Deals are out there! For example, the October issue of “All You” magazine has a $1 off coupon for one Mars brand product. Before you shop, check the KCL site for any last-minute deals and coupons on Halloween candy.
  7. Raid the family’s candy stash! My daughter tends to accumulate tons of unwanted candy this time of year, whether it's from harvest festivals, class parties, or fall parades. I have her sort through the candy and pick out the ones she doesn't like (let's be frank: she's a kid and she usually likes it all, so it can be a bit of a battle!) We hand out the unwanted candy to trick-or-treaters. I also like to dig through my daughter's stash of toys, packaged candies, or packaged cookies that came in her fast food meals and include those in our trick-or-treat handouts for the evening.
  8. Consider creative candy alternatives. I'll admit it: I've resorted to handing out handfuls of pennies, and have even given out walnuts from my tree! Dig through your stockpile of office supplies, and hand out erasers, pencils or colorful Post-it notes. Just be sure to dress them up with stickers and Halloween-themed ribbons!

Here’s hoping you have it all this Halloween: Minimal damage to the budget, the willpower to avoid all those tempting treats, and happy trick-or-treaters!

This is a guest post by Rose from Washington
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