It's that time of year again -- Trick-or-Treating is over, and you are wondering how to get your kids to let go of all their loot, right???
If you recall, two years ago, I started the tradition of going to a nearby dentist who was buying back Halloween candy. This year, more dentists are jumping on the bandwagon, which gives us, as parents, more options!
If you go to http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/, click on DENTISTS REGISTRATION, and then type in your zip code, it will bring up a database of dentists partcipating in the program in your area. All of the dentists I called are giving $1/pound of candy. But to be safe, call each dentist and ask these questions:
1) How much money per pound?
2) Up to how many pounds? (Most were 5 lbs., but I found one that will do up to 25 lbs.)
3) What dates will you be participating in the program?
4) What hours will you be participating?
5) Any other incentives? (A toothbrush, an entry into a raffle to win tickets to a movie, etc...)
I am going to South Mountain Dental in Draper because they will give $1 per pound, up to 25 pounds, and stuff a little Halloween bag with the money and an orange toothbrush. They are participating from 2-6 pm., and will ship the candy to the troops.
I cannot even tell you how this program has made Halloween so much more enjoyable for me. My 5-year old wants a new bike, and has to buy it himself, so he is VERY motivated by money right now. He told me last night he didn't even eat one piece of candy from his school Halloween party or from Trick-or-Treating because he wants to know how much money he can get for the candy. I honestly didn't have to place any restrictions on him about the candy -- he flat out told me, "I don't care about the candy, I want the money!!" It was such a relief not to have to hover him, but also not to have to worry about him eating tons of fake food made with refined sugar. He made me proud. :)