$6.9 billion -- that is the total dollar amount the National Retail Federation expects American to spend on Halloween 2013. Followers of the blog already know that this frugal household spent less than $15 on costumes for two pre-schoolers. That was accomplished by visiting our local Savers on a day when everything was 50% off. And it is not just costumes where we aim to save, our approach to candy will save you some pennies. The answer -- bulk candy! At our warehouse grocery store (Woodmans west for you Madison area readers) bulk candy is $1.99 a pound. This year we were conservative on our selection; last year we did not have a single child ring the bell. Just in case things improve this year, I wanted a small amount on hand. Total bill $2.47! Plus bulk allowed us to select several different types of candy. And any leftovers will easily mix into the candy dish I keep for clients at my office. The only vulnerable spot is the easy to open bulk candy bag -- it is a bit easier for my husband's sweet tooth to break into than those large sealed name brand bags. But I'm willing to risk it, plus there are only a few days to go and we just made our purchase!
How about you? What is your favorite way to enjoy a frugal Halloween?