We Made a Plan for Our Halloween Candy and Stuck to it!

Monday, November 10, 2008

We did it! I had a plan for our candy and we did it! I offered the kids each to choose 10 pieces of candy from their loot and we put the rest away. The 10 pieces of their choosing went into a small brown lunch bag and they placed their names on it. The bags got tucked in the pantry for safe keeping....and it helped keep the candy out of sight and hopefully off all of our minds. I offered each child $10 to spend at Target in exchange for their candy. We also particpated in a candy buy back program sponsored by a local orthodontist. I talked to the kids about it before hand. For every pound of candy received, the orthodontist gives the child a dollar. Then he sends the candy overseas to the soldiers. It is really a win-win situation for everyone. We went on Monday to the candy buy back. It was the first day. He had his office all set up nicely for this event. There was a separate table over to the side in the office. It was set up with a scale and petty cash box next to it and a huge plastic tub to pour the candy in underneath the table. The kids actually seemed excited about it. When we arrived there was another little boy my son knows just ahead of us. After we were in line, there was someone already coming in behind us. We had just under 4 lbs and they rounded up to 4 and gave us $4. The kids split the money $2 each in addition to their $10. They realized they each had $12 now to spend at Target. We went specifically for that purpose, just for them. They took their time, looked at all of the items and prices. They asked me questions about taxes. They each did a wonderful job. They were both able to choose a larger item and a smaller item. We went to the register and they each rung up separately, paid with their own money and received the change, receipt and bag. They were excited and proud! Amazingly they were both able to stay under the $12 and got a few cents change. I was so happy! I have lost weight this year and gotten my body back in shape. I did not want to be tempted by all of this Halloween candy. I was thrilled to release it and let it all go.....and to a good cause. What do you do with your Halloween candy?
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    Thank you for taking the time to read my blog AP17182. I completely agree - having a plan is the best idea! Out of sight and out of mind. Way to go! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
    3813 days ago
    Thank you for the comments VRCATON. I love the idea of doing "something" for the soldiers too. It really was a nice win-win for everyone all around. The kids learned quite a few lessons with that activity, including me explaining the conditions of the soldiers in Iraq. With that explaination along with the idea that there is no supermarket or dollar store where they could just walk and "get" candy, she was in! She understood. She is very caring and we have several Dads nearby that have been deployed. God Bless Our troops!
    3813 days ago
    That's a great plan! I don't know of any candy buy-backs in our area, but I do know plenty of deployed personnel! Next year I will just send it over there myself! Thanks for a great idea .. a true win-win situation! Great job!
    3814 days ago
  • AP17182
    That is awesome. You had an amazing plan and really stuck to it. Way to go!!! I don't know of a dentist in our area that does that. However, I haven't been tempted by any of their candy. I made my 3 put it in the snack drawer and I never get in their snack drawer. They are only allowed a piece occasionally. Most of the time, they forget it is there.
    3815 days ago
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