Friday, December 28, 2012
Sorting Candy: Money Saving Tip!
How was your Christmas? Ours was great! Everyone got what they wanted and we had a nice relaxing day as a family. The kids are spending a few days at their dad's house now and I'm spending some time catching up on laundry, house-cleaning and blogging. I haven't taken down the Christmas decorations yet, but I think that will come tomorrow. We're having a few people over for New Year's Eve and I'd like to have my everyday decorations back up by then.
A trick I've been using since the dawn of time (you know, like back in the '90s) is to buy Hersheys Kisses and m&ms and sort them for Valentine's Day and St. Patty's Day. Hersheys Kisses are such a traditional party of V-Day... You know with all that romantic kissing and crap, but have you ever thought to buy the red, green and silver Christmas Kisses for half off and sort them out? It save a ton of money! A lot of times you can find coupons for candy that don't expire for a couple days after Christmas as well which means you can buy them for almost free (or totally free).
M&ms take a little more time to sort than Kisses, but I love making m&m cookies for Valentines day with all red m&ms. They also work great to decorate sugar cookies.
This year I found cherry cordial m&m that will make delightful cherry Valentines cookies! If you freeze the m&ms before adding them into baked goods it opens the door up even more! How about fudge with cherry cordial m&ms throughout? Freeze them first and they won't smash up in the warm fudge!
It only takes a minute to sort out the candy, but it saves you money! Get the kids to help you! Little kids actually love sorting! Get the bigger kids to take notes and pictures as the sort and use it as a science project! They could figure out if there is an even number of each color of m&ms in the Christmas bags and if every bag has the same percentage of each.
I might be a little kooky in my money-saving adventures, but every penny adds up!