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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween Candy: A Fair Trade

We love Halloween in my family, but I don't like all the Halloween candy in our house. It isn't good for the kids and it is a temptation for me. I think the whole Candy Witch or Great Pumpkin idea is over the top: Put out your candy and it's replaced with a toy. My kids have enough toys and a birthday is just around the corner.

I read about an idea at Stephmodo, one of my favorite blogs, to trade candy for coupons. The coupon ideas were so sweet and family oriented I decided to do this myself! They are things that the kids love, but we never do enough of (a few are are just straight up bribes to get rid of the candy though). They don't all the candy, but most of it. I made most be a 5 candy trade and a couple 10 candies.

Our Coupons are:
1 Silly Bandz
Stay Up Late 30 Minutes
1 Hot Chocolate
In n Out For Dinner
Trip to the Yogurt Shop
Hot Tub Afternoon
Daddy Cleans the Playroom
1 Lunchables for School Lunch
Family Game Night with Popcorn
Family Movie Night - DVD & Popcorn
Mom Does Bedtime Reading
Mom Cleans Your Bedroom
School Lunch With Mom
Lunch at Dad's Work

Last year when I told the boys we would be doing this they were so excited. I was thinking through the ideas as I told them, and when I got to "Daddy will clean the playroom" they went crazy!! "Daddy!?!" The idea was ludicrous apparently. Mind you, Daddy was in Moscow at the moment and had no idea of this plan. So I knew it was a hit and I'd get all their candy in the end. Hahaha! (Daddy on the other hand, was not thrilled. But that coupon finally came out he did clean the playroom.)

I just thought this was a great way to sneak in quality family time AND get rid of your candy. I once overheard them plotting to give me only "bad candy" or try and trade empty wrappers, but over all it was a big success. 


  1. Amber,
    These are great ideas. Wished I would have thought of these when my kids were young. I'll be sharing this with my friends with little ones. Maybe I can still use a few of these on my 19 yr. old. : )

  2. i need help! if a food item has 20 grams of carbs but 4 grams of fiber, would i count that food item as 16 grams of carbs?

    also - if i have a food item that's 10 grams of carbs, can i have another food item and add them both together to reach my carb count? so if i have the 10 gram item and add another item that's 11 grams of carbs, would that be 21 grams of carbs and 2 carb servings? can i combine foods to reach my carb count or do i just get one item, count that and that's it?! please let me know - i'm afraid i'm not eating enough and as a result i'm not losing any weight. please let me know and thanks, DC

  3. Here is a detailed post about counting the carbs: http://www.meandjorge.com/2009/12/how-belly-fat-cure-works-for-me.html

    It is a little confusing at first, but you'll get it! If you are getting too little fiber (which are carbs) then it will slow your weight loss.

  4. I hate to ask a stupid question, but I am new to this and would like to have some clarification if you could help me out. I am making a dinner for four (four servings of Pasta and vegetables)

    A serving size is 1 whole bell pepper. There is 7.6g of carbs and 3.75 of sugar. (S/C 4/1 ?) I am using 1/2 of the bell pepper which would be 3.8 grams of carbs/1.825 grams of sugar (s/c 0/2 ?). Then each person is only getting 1/4 of the pepper on top of that. What would the s/c for one serving? (0/.5?)

    I hope that makes sense. I would really appreciate your help.

  5. Melinda - that is exactly how you would calculate it. So that would count as 0 carb servings and .5 sugars. I would not worry about such little tiny amount at all. But add up all the items in your meal together and then do the calculation, dont forget that!