Don't let the price of Halloween candy scare you away from the festivities!
We checked prices on all sorts of candy at popular stores around the Valley -- including Target, Walmart, Smart and Final, Costco and Sam’s Club -- to make sure your pantry, and your wallet, stay full.
All the stores we checked had chocolate varieties including Snickers, Twix and M&Ms.
Smart and Final wasn't so smart with its price on this candy.
You'll pay the most there, at 26 cents per ounce.
Target and Walmart sell the same bag at the same price, 20 cents per ounce.
Sam’s Club was a little cheaper at 18 cents per ounce.
But Costco had the best price, and its chocolate bag had the most variety, for just 17 cents per ounce.
Only problem? You do need a membership to shop at Costco and Sam’s, and that will cost you at least $40.
Skittles and Starburst are popular favorites during any season, but beware when buying -- we found a big difference in cost.
Costco didn't have a bag with just these two candies, so we will leave them out.
Walmart charges the most for the chewy candies, 13 cents per ounce for each fun size bag.
Smart and Final was a penny cheaper at 12 cents per ounce per bag.
Target comes in at a more reasonable 10 cents per ounce per bag.
But, Sam’s Club killed the competition, charging just 6 cents per ounce per bag.
That's more than half off what you would pay at Wal-Mart.
Nerds, Laffy Taffy, Sweet Tarts... there are so many fruity favorites to choose from, and big money to be saved!
To save on these types of candy, Target is not your place.
They charge the most for the Wonka mix-ups at 19 cents per ounce.
Smart and Final isn't far behind, charging 18 cents per ounce.
If you don't have a warehouse membership, Walmart will save you the most on this candy, charging 17 cents per ounce.
Again, Costco didn't have the same mix, so Sam's club has the cheapest price overall for this candy.
Bottom-line, all of the stores we compared had some sweet deals, but if you're looking for variety Target and Walmart are the places to shop.
Another thing we noticed in our shopping travels? Costco had bigger bags than Sam’s Club with more variety inside each bag. So if you're shopping warehouses Costco should save you the most cash and please any candy-lovers in your home.
Not surprisingly, we also found that buying bigger bags will get you the best deal.
We found a chocolate combination at Target in two sizes.
The 26-ounce bag cost $7.99, which comes to 30 cents per ounce, while the 101-ounce bag rings up at $19.99. Do the math… and you’re paying 11 cents more for the smaller bag.
Wherever you shop, only buy only what you need.
Because if you have leftovers, you'll end up doing what I did... eating it all yourself!
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