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Canadian Coupons blogger Christa Clips spent almost nothing on her Hallowe'en Candy for 300 trick-or-treaters AND is throwing a Pizza party on budget!

Canadian Coupons blogger Christa Clips spent almost nothing on her Hallowe’en Candy for 300 trick-or-treaters AND is throwing a Pizza party on budget!

We usually run out of candy and have to turn our lights off after 300 trick-or-treaters each year and then continue our pizza party inside (in somewhat darkness) with family and friends.  With that many trick-or-treaters plus guests coming over, Hallowe’en has the potential to be a real budget breaker for us.  This year  I was able to get get 270 pieces of Hallowe’en candy to give out for “almost” FREE plus we bought some great Hallowe’en Coupons to help us save in the months to come.

For our giveaway candy this year, we bought the specially marked boxes of Nestle treats.  They’re peanut free and I like having Smarties for the youngest trick-or-treaters. The specially marked boxes of 90 have  $10 in coupons inside, and since I bought them at Shoppers Drug Mart during one of the Bonus points offers,  I earned a lot of money back in Shoppers Optimum points, too.

We kind of got it all for FREE if you factor in the chain of savings that followed

I've already redeemed $12 in coupons from inside my Hallowe'en candy boxes!

I’ve already redeemed $12 in coupons from inside my Hallowe’en candy boxes!

I’ve already redeemed 3 of the Delissio and Stouffers coupons to recover $12 in savings, plus another $7.50 in Checkout 51 rebates for those 2 items.  We kind of got free candy, if you factor in the chain of savings:

  • spent 3x$13.99= $41.97 out of pocket to start
  • redeemed 3x$2 OFF Delissio coupons = $35.97 total cost
  • redeemed 3x$2 OFF Stouffers coupons = $29.97 total cost
  • claimed 3x$1.50 Checkout 51 rebates for Stouffers = $25.47 total cost
  • claimed 3x$1 Checkout 51 rebates for Delissio = $22.47 total cost
  • earned 10,352 Bonus Optimum Points worth $24.84 at a Spend Your Points Event = $-2.37 total cost for 270 pieces of Hallowe’en Candy!

We’re serving the 3 Delissio pizzas on Hallowe’en night at our place … it’s our 10th annual Hallowe’en Hangout and we’ve learned to accept the fact that there’s no time for gourmet food or doing dishes on October 31st around here!  How do I make up for the missing 30 pieces of candy?  I confess that we re-gift some of the Hallowe’en candy that our 2 children come home with early in the night. No one in our house like Crunchie bars, red licorice, or Tootsie rolls so they go back in the bowl!

I also try to buy Hallowe’en Coupons each year. We don’t give them out to trick-or-treaters (that would cost us a fortune in our neighbourhood!) – we use them to save on treats for our 2 children when we’re on road trips.  The booklets stay in the glove box of the car so we’re never caught without them!  In the past, the McDonald’s coupons had no expiry date but the regulations have changed a bit this year so be sure to keep that in mind if you’re hoping to buy several booklets. Christa Clips Hallowe'en Coupon Booklets

Wendy’s  Hallowe’en Coupons

  • $2 booklet
  • 3 FREE Jr. Frosty coupons
  • 3 FREE Kids’ Fries coupons
  • Valid from November 1-December 1, 2013
  • One coupon, per person, per visit.
  • NO age restrictions are listed on the coupon!
  • Proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

McDonald’s Hallowe’en Coupons

  • $1 booklet
  • 2 FREE cone coupons
  • 2 FREE apple pie coupons
  • 2 FREE small fries coupons
  • Valid from November 1-December 31, 2013 in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and PEI
  • Valid forever (no expiry date) in Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland
  • One coupon per customer, per visit.
  • Can be redeemed by children aged 12 and under, only!

These coupon booklets go on sale each fall and sell out quickly in some locations.  We’ll definitely make use of the ice-cream coupons by the time they expire. I’m not sure what we’ll do with the apple pie and fries coupons – any suggestions?! Should they go back in the bowl with the Tootsie Rolls and Crunchie Bars?!

Happy Hallowe’en and Happy Couponing!

Christa Clips ~ October 31, 2013

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