Fall is finally here! For me, this means it's time to cook up some delicious pumpkin seeds and line my pockets with some extra cash for the holidays. Instead of throwing out the 600 seeds that each of my pumpkins produces, I season them, package them and sell them to make a profit.

We grow our own pumpkins and make a fairly large profit by selling their seeds. However, if you don’t grow your own or if you’re only planning on buying one or two pumpkins, try asking family and friends for their seeds for more earning potential—that is, if they don’t plan on selling them themselves! Read on to find out how I was able to earn from something most people would throw out!

1. Roast your seeds

Try my original barbecue seed recipe guaranteed to give chips a run for their money. Not a barbecue fan? Spice up your seeds with this recipe, or indulge your sweet-tooth with this recipe instead.

Roasted Lip-Smacking Barbecue Pumpkin Seeds

Yields: 16 ounces

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds (Collect the seeds when you’re carving pumpkins, rinse them in a strainer to remove the pulp and thoroughly pat them dry.)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp barbecue seasoning

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp of barbecue seasoning, 2 tsp of kosher salt, and 2 tsp of vegetable oil.
  3. Evenly coat the pumpkin seeds with the barbecue, vegetable oil and salt mixture.
  4. Roast on a baking sheet, flipping the seeds over every 5 minutes, until seeds are crisp and golden brown. Remove the seeds from the oven and allow them to cool on the pan. Store seeds in an airtight container at room temperature for crunchy goodness.

2. Package your mouthwatering pumpkin seeds

Now that you've worked your magic in the kitchen, it's time to package your delicious pumpkin seeds. I use the cellophane treat bags sold at most dollar stores. It’s always fun when they’re decorated with ghosts, pumpkins, bats, skeletons and other general creepy-crawlies. I create labels on my computer with the product's name and ingredients, which I slap on the back of each treat bag. Not sure how to create labels on your computer? Become a label-making master here. Then, tightly tie each bag closed with orange or black yarn ($2.28 at Walmart). If you’re looking to add a little flair to your product, try storing your tasty seeds in their own mini pumpkin.

3. Price your seeds

You've slaved over the stove and conjured up a treat to die for. Are you ready to learn the ultimate pricing trick? Know your competitors. Price your pumpkin seeds lower than the retail giants. If you feel like you're in the dark, use this handy-dandy chart to knock down some selling cobwebs.

Brand name Price per ounce
Badia Pumpkin Seeds 95¢
David Roasted & Salted Pumpkin Seeds 50¢
Eden Foods Organic Pumpkin Seeds Dry Roasted 68¢
Super Seedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds 99¢

Most companies are raking in 50¢ – $1 per ounce. Their packages usually hold 4 to 6 ounces of pumpkin seeds, which means companies are averaging 2-$6 per bag. I place 1/2 cup of seeds into each Halloween treat bag, which I sell for $3.

4. Promote your seeds

You have a killer pumpkin seed recipe, wicked treat bags and a fabulous price point, but you have no idea where to sell your lip-licking product. I sell my pumpkin seeds from my house and advertise by creating snazzy flyers printed on brightly colored paper. I use Poster My Wall, which offers hundreds of free templates that you can customize with your own pictures or text. I typically place flyers at local churches and schools that often allow you to sell outside of their establishments, and then I take a screenshot of my flyer and upload the picture onto social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. For more advertising, try placing an ad on Craigslist as well as in your local newspaper. Looking to expand your consumer base even more? Try your hand at craft shows. Bring the magic by reading this article on 6 Tips to Successfully Sell Your Crafts.

5. Don't buy candy this Halloween

Before I became a “pumpkinpreneur,” I dished out over $40 dollars for Halloween candy, but now my two Andrew Jacksons stay in my back pocket. Cheers to healthy trick-or-treaters and one heavy pocketbook!

Bonus: If you end up with extras, just change the yarn to match the occasion and give them away as gifts during the holidays!

 

This is a guest post by Cherese from Tennessee.

How to Make and Save Money from This Year's Pumpkin Seeds