When the children knock on your door and say “Trick or Treat”, you grab a handful of Candy and put it in their candy baskets. But have you ever thought how much you really spend on Candy every year? According to National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey, 9 in 10 (93.7%) Halloween shoppers will buy candy, spending a total of $2.1 billion. So, have you ever thought of budget friendly alternatives to Candy? We will give you some ideas for this year’s Halloween so that you can actively participate in the festivities while you manage credit card debt.
Alternatives to Halloween Candy
Edible doesn’t always have to be Candy: This year, instead of Candy you can have small cracker packs or pretzel packs that you can buy in bulk. (A 36 pack of Synder’s Pretzels is $18 on Amazon.) You can also replace the candy in the basket with mini Clementines. They are the perfect color for Halloween and are available by the crate at most grocery stores and allow you to keep things healthy at a time when most households are suffering from a sugar overload.
Stickers: Kids are bound to get candy from almost all homes they would visit. But there are many things that kids love, and sticker sheets are one of them. Pay a visit to your nearest dollar store, grocery store or toy store and you will have many choices. You can buy a pack of 6 -8 sticker sheets for under $3.
Play Doh. This can be a cool gift for the trick or treaters. Mini Play Doh pots can also be bought in bulk and Hasbro shop sells 15 mini pots for just $5.99 (That’s just 40 cents a pot!)
Glow sticks. Glow sticks are sure to be a hit among the young and old trick or treaters . You can buy them in multi-packs at the dollar store and split them up for a super-cheap trick or treat give away option! You can buy a pack of 100 glow sticks for just under $10.
Spider rings: Hand over Spider rings as a Halloween favor instead of candy. Your trick or treaters will get an instant upgrade for their spooky costumes. You can buy these in bulk for less than $8 from any party supply store.
School supplies: Kids tend to lose their pencils, erasers and sharpeners all the time. Give away Halloween themed school supplies such as these and you will see a happy trick or treater leaving your home. You can buy anywhere from 24 to 36 pieces for less than $8.
Temporary Tattoos: There is an amazing variety of choices such as dinosaurs, superheroes, Disney characters, pirates, zoo animals and more. You can probably please trick-or-treaters of any age offering this kind of favor. You can buy sheets of 100 or more tattoos for just pennies per tattoo.
Holidays are meant to be celebrated. But when you do, make sure that the money you spend on the celebrations make sense. Evaluate all your options and plan ahead for your expenses. Look for alternatives, do your research, it can go a long way in helping you save that extra buck and help you manage credit card debt.