Thought Provoking Thursday's goal it to offer a new-ish perspective to saving on necessary items aside from our grocery and household needs. Each week I will bring an idea to the table to share how I personally tackle areas of my own family's spending. I am hopeful that my faithful readers will feel the freedom to offer more advice through comments below each post.
Purchasing treats for cute little Halloween beggars is expensive! This is my fourth year living in our neighborhood which happens to be one square mile of densely populated homes filled with trick-or-treating aged children.
The first year that Dave and I were married, we went all out and spent a small fortune on OUR favorite treats (hopeful for leftovers!!!)! We were newly married (our first holiday spend as husband and wife) and we enjoyed doling out FULL size candy bars that we thought were a *great price* at Costco. (Ahem... we were less than financially savvy spenders way back when!!!)
Our second Halloween (I was pregnant and thoroughly craved salty snacks!) I happened to stroll past a display of individually wrapped microwave popcorn packages specially decorated to celebrate Halloween at Costco, and so I picked up several boxes. I lucked out that it was just a couple of days before Halloween (yes, I procrastinate!) and the treats were 50% off! I got lucky!
Last year, my first 'couponized' Halloween, I purchased all of our Halloween candy with my Extra Care Bucks that I had earned by savvily shopping at CVS. FREE is my love language- especially when it is FREE chocolate!!!
This year I have decided to purchase COUPON TREATS!!! Here is what I have learned in my research:
1. McDonalds offers a 12 coupon booklet for children to receive one of the following FREE: apple dippers, apple juice, jug of milk, small cone or a burger. 12 coupons for $1 = $.08 per child. Coupons are redeemable 11/1-12/31.
2. Burger King offers an 8 coupon booklet for children to receive a value size fry. 8 coupons for $1 = $.12 per child. Coupons valid 10/1-12/31. *The proceeds from the sale of the Burger King coupon booklet helps to support the Burger King scholarship programs!
3. Wendy's (not pictured) offers a 10 coupon booklet for children to receive a Jr. Frosty. 10 coupons for $1 = $.10 per child. Coupons valid 11/1-2/1. *The proceeds from the sale of the Wendy's coupon booklet helps to support the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption! ***Not all area Wendy's location are selling the coupon booklets, but all locations are redeeming the coupons. Check your location (by phone) before venturing out to purchase the booklets!
Do you have any savvy Halloween spending tips?