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Cheapest Halloween candy -- where can you get the best deals?

Posted: 6:41 AM, Oct 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-22 10:12:48-04

Whether you need candy for yourself or trick or treaters, now is the time to buy, if you know where to shop.

We shopped candy deals at five stores to see which has the sweetest deals: Costco, Sam’s Club, Smart and Final, Target or Walmart.

Right away I was disappointed because Costco just didn't have a lot of variety, so we're going to focus on the other stores...

The Mars variety packs include Twix, Milky Way, and Snickers...but the prices are no laughing matter!

Smart and Final cost the most at 24 cents per ounce.

It was three cents cheaper at Walmart.

Sam's Club and Target charge 20 cents per ounce, so Target gets the win since you don't have to pay a membership fee.

Sam's Club is back on top with the chewy candies.

You'll pay 14 cents per ounce for a bag of Skittles and Starburst.

It's six cents more at Target. Even more at Walmart…21 cents per ounce!

And again, Smart and Final will charge you the most at 22 cents per ounce.

Consistently, whether it was Nestle, Hershey, or chewy snacks, Smart and Final had the most variety but was also the most expensive for the candy we compared.

Sam's Club has the best prices and lots of variety, so if you have a membership that's the place to indulge.

Costco didn’t have much variety. For chocolate, they really only had one huge bag, but it included all of your favorites including Nestle, Hershey and Mars and you’ll pay about $.18 per ounce for that bag.

No membership? Then Target is your store. They were cheaper than Walmart for most of the candy we compared, they had lots of variety and they were easy to shop.

Regardless of which store we shopped, you saved the most when buying bigger bags.

For our comparisons, we shopped the price of dozens of bags of candy at different prices. We took the best prices at each store, which in every case was the bigger bag.

Whatever you choose, don’t get overwhelmed with the deals.  Buy what you need and what you like. If you buy too much, somebody has to eat it!