How to Pack a Shoebox on a Budget Part 3: Holiday Candy

I LOVE Operation Christmas Child and last year managed to pack 45 good quality boxes for just $45 because I didn’t just start in November right before packing week. If that’s you and you don’t have totes full of goodies you’ve saved throughout the year, don’t panic! This is a whole series of posts on Budget Tips for Operation Christmas Child. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing my tips on how to pack a shoebox on a budget.

Today is about ‘Holiday Candy’

All of our boxes need candy but what better day to get it than the day after Valentine’s, Christmas etc. My mother in law is also frugal and as my FIL loves candy around the house she buys it after the holidays when it’s cheaper. He doesn’t care if he’s eating green and red M&Ms in July, he just wants chocolate that hasn’t expired. In the same way we can fill our shoeboxes with 50% off candy. If you have time to wait a week it’ll get to 75% off maybe higher! For Operation Christmas Child they can’t have chcoloate and it needs to be hard candy or gum.

So, before you run out for candy at this point, wait until after October 31 and then hit the stores in search of hard candy on sale.

Check out the rest of the series:

Tip 1: Holiday Clearance
Tip 2: Free Items
Tip 4: Regifting
Tip 5: Thrift Stores

Tip 6: Shipping Costs
Tip 7: Hunt Around The House
Tip 8: School Supplies
Tip 9: Hotel Items
Tip 10: The Dollar Store

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If you live in the Northwest Indiana/Chicagoland area please consider joining us on 11/11/10 for a packing party, details here.

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