Are you thinking "budget buster"? Are you thinking, maybe, you won't treat this year - you'll just keep the lights in the house off and pretend not to be home?
Truthfully, I am guilty of the pretending not to be home thing.
The year I did that I felt so guilty and I missed out on so much fun talking with the tricksters. I didn't put out my famous "glowing and making creepy sounds" pumpkin so I couldn't chuckle when the littler kids (and some of the big ones too) screamed and hugged their mom or dad's leg for protection. That Halloween was nothing but a bummer!
This year, things will be different because I have a plan.
I didn't think this up myself; I got the idea last year when my granddaughter showed me her Halloween goodies. Mixed in among all the candies, wax teeth and pencils were several trick-or-treat coupons from McDonald's.
To me, this was very interesting and I visited our local McDonald's the very next day to check in to the cost of these coupons.
McDonald's sells trick-or-treat coupons each year prior to Halloween. You get 12 coupons for a mere $1.00 per coupon booklet. There are coupons for 3 Free Bags of Apple Dippers, 3 Free Small Apple Juices or Milk Jugs, 3 Free Small Cones, and 3 Free Hamburgers.
That means for a mere $1.00, you can treat 12 kids.
You certainly can't get that deal at Walmart, Target, Walgreen's or CVS.
I consider myself to be a frugal shopper, saving money when ever and where ever I can. So, I will be heading to McDonald's prior to Halloween this year to spend $5.00 on trick-or-treat coupons. That means I will be able to happily gift 60 kids.
If I don't have 60 kids and have coupons left over, I'll give them to my granddaughter as incentives for good things she does to help around the house. Pick up your toys - 1 coupon; feed the cat - 1 coupon, help unload the dishwasher - 1 coupon.
This is a no-brainer!
Here's wishing all of you a Happy, Frugal Halloween!!
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