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September 30, 2012

Do the Monster Mash without draining your cash!

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VALDOSTA — • Candy

So many people get overwhelmed when buying candy to appease trick-or-treaters and keep them from rioting. I know I always buy way too much and have to end up throwing a lot of it away.

Did you know that last year Americans spent $2.25 billion on candy alone, according to Daily Finance, a blog on AOL.com. Gheesh! No wonder no one had money to buy houses! So what can you do to avoid spending tons of money on a Halloween necessity?

Search the circulars! The week before Halloween is the biggest week for candy sales. So, hold out and don’t do your shopping early. Make the stores sweat and swoop in when the prices lower.

Also, be sure to evaluate your candy purchases based on the cost per piece. You do that by dividing the price of the bag by the number of pieces in the bag. That way you can see which candies give you the best value. Often times you will find that several smaller bags are a better value than the “value jumbo bags.”

• Decorations

I know we have been over this several times, but get on Pinterest, people! They have beyond tons of DIY decorations that are easy and on the cheap!

For example, a Halloween wreath is one of the easiest ways to add scary pizzazz to your house. Instead of buying an already-made wreath, make your own. I know your instinct when doing this is to go buy the styrofoam wreath bases, but you can go to the dollar store, get a pool noodle for $1, bend it into a circle and duct tape it. Wrap it with some Halloween ribbon, glue on some plastic spiders and bam! You got a wreath! Throw some cheap, fake spider webs that you can recycle from year to year and you got all the decor that you need.

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