Valdosta Daily Times


October 27, 2013

You’re only as good as the candy you hand out


-- — In this instance, chocolate is not the answer (not applicable to most other instances)

If the candy has chocolate in it, it’s going to be more expensive than other candies. Instead, go with lollipops, bubble gum, Tootsie Rolls or other sticky candy that is basically nothing more than dyed and congealed sugar. For example, at most large retailers, a bag of fun-size Snickers is roughly $5 and only contains about 18 pieces, but you can get a bag of 70 Dum Dum Original Lollipops for less than $3. Trust me, if it’s made of sugar, a kid will eat it. If not, they will use it as a bargaining tool to get more candy they do like ... And that, my friend, is not your problem. You put the candy in the bag, end of game.

DIY candy is not cheaper and is just flat out dangerous!

In most cases, anything you can make yourself is cheaper; however, that is not the case for Halloween candy. Once you buy everything you need to make the treat coupled with everything you need to package it, you are reaching far beyond what a bag of candy would cost. Plus, now days, people are crazy and that’s why I wasn’t allowed to eat anything homemade. My mom would chuck homemade items right in the trash and so would most other parents. So, save yourself the time and the money and just go buy overpriced sugar like the rest of us.

Well my spooky little budgeteers, that’s all I have for you this week. If this article caught you too late, here’s something to make you feel better: The day after Halloween, most candy goes on sale between 50-75 percent off! So go ahead, eat your feelings. You may have royally messed up your candy Halloween budget this year, but I won’t hate you for it ... Like any good leader, I will only judge you. Don’t forget to like me on Facebook at and follow me on Twitter @BudgetBrittany.

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