Shopping for Halloween supplies… in June.

Last year around Halloween, I was totally smitten with the idea of decorating for the season using candy and apothecary jars.  Here’s an example from Martha:

I wanted to go with black and orange candies.  However, when I started looking to buy it, it all seemed really expensive, so I did not end up buying very much.  As a result, it didn’t really look the way I wanted it to.

So here’s my tip of the day: PLAN AHEAD & SHOP EARLY.

I was at the Dollar Tree today and I noticed that they were carrying orange and black candies.  So what that it’s June?
When buying any type of foodstuff at the Dollar store, I check for two things:

  1. Is the food made in China? (Because we are paranoid that way)
  2. What is the expiration date?
In the case of this Halloween candy, if it wasn’t manufactured in China and is good at least through November, I am going to buy it.

These orange candies and the two packages of black Twizzlers I bought meet my requirements.  I bought them and will store them in the pantry until October rolls around.

By keeping my eyes open I will avoid paying top dollar for what I want, as well as avoid extra stress and running around.

I iz so smaahht.

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  1. says

    Good idea! I got a few things when I did my candy buffet at my wedding. And, because my wedding colors were blue, green, and brown, I cleaned out stores on half off sales at Easter. I also use the after holiday sales to buy stuff for upcoming holidays– red and green after Christmas can be for Valentine’s and St. Patty’s day!

  2. says

    I do the same thing for my Christmas shopping– look for stuff on sale all year– and holiday decorating (will this red vase that’s on sale at valentine’s day work for christmas?)… it’s so great to plan ahead, and you find all kinds of great stuff that you forgot about when you unpack your holiday decor every year! :)

  3. says

    For candy we check made in China and Mexico. Though there are many candies from Mexico on the approved FDA list, there are more that aren’t sue to lead (just like China). Great idea to buy ahead. If you have a Super Target nearby check their end caps too, sometimes their pre-packaged Market Pantry brand candy goes on sale.

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