Tuesday, November 2, 2010


November advertising special:  buy one month ($15), get one free.  Perfect for promoting your product for the holiday season!

Well, one person came to the Money-Saving Tips party yesterday:  Gina shared some great ways to save on Lego.  (In fact, her blog Moneywise Moms is chock-full of frugal tips.)  If you missed the party, don’t worry, it will be held every Monday. 

Halloween is over!  Is anyone else kinda glad?  I’ve always been a little at odds with the subsequent candy overload.  I’m fine with treats in moderation (and I do snitch some of it), but I’m not cool with a candy free-for-all for days on end.

This year Craig and I came up with a system which satisfies all of us.  For five days (which started Saturday because of church Trunk or Treat Friday night), the kids can weigh out 1/2 lb of their candy for the day.  They can eat it when they want, and I won’t complain.  But after Wednesday, it’s gone.  We’ll stash the good stuff for the occasional treat and get rid of the rest.


My antique scale is accurate, and we tared it with the cereal bowl.  Half a pound of candy is actually less than you might think, but it’s still plenty more than I would normally allow.

So what happens with the Halloween candy in your house?  Do you just let them have at it, or do you have some controls in place?


FrouFrouBritches said...

Our Halloween candy lasts a long while. I allow them one piece a day for a few weeks in their lunch box, so they aren't eating it too close to bedtime. After that, I put it up and give them some for a treat every once in awhile.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That's a great idea! I let my girls each have a piece if they eat all of their lunch and all of their dinner. I'll pile the good stuff away after a few days, and the rest gets tossed or sent to work with T. ;)

Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

Whoo hoo! Quality, not quantity, Holly! :)

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

Funny! I made a similar post asking the same thing! I like your idea. My 3 year old isn't a great eater so I've been not letting her have candy unless she eats a decent amount of good food first so she gets a piece of candy here and there if she eats her food. I'm finding out she doesn't even like most of it...so I think it wont be too much of a problem after all!

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

No treaters left in my house as mine are grown now. But love the idea!
I will have to mark my calendar for the money saving tips link! I love saving money and as a single mom, we've cut corners for years. :-)

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

I came back to your tips party yesterday, but it was closed. :-( Ahh, well, there's always next week. With a 1 yr old, 3 yr old, and almost 5 yr old in the house, my daughter has A LOT of candy. The 3 yr old is not quite out of the terrible twos yet and loses a piece of candy to mommy each time he hits, etc. It's working way better than time outs! Why didn't I think of that when I had kids at home!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

At Christmas and special treats I let them eat as much as they want but for those special days only.

I say the only rule is that they have to listen to their bodies tell them when they've had enough. They're pretty good at that....it seemes to work for us.

Your idea is great! I might try that at Christmas.


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oooh, by the way, I forgot to say....you can apparently get the paints matched but reeeeally and truly, it's worth paying the little bit extra if you can. For the impact it makes I don't think it's too much (compared to furniture, for example).

The paint quality is SUPERB.....in my humble opinion!!

Richella said...

Oh, you're smart. I usually just let the boys have their candy any way they want it. In the past, though, there were times that they had SO much that my husband bought some of it from them. When they wanted to buy something, they were more than glad to give up some candy for a little cash!