Kristin (mom of 2 sets of twins ages 6 and 3) answers the annual question: how much candy should I buy?
I can never remember how busy our neighborhood is and how many trick or treaters we get so every year I overbuy candy. (And with 4 trick-or-treaters in residence we have WAY too much candy on November 1st!)
Two Halloweens ago, I saved the empty candy bags as I dumped them into the trick-or-treater bowl so that at the end of the evening I had a tally of how many bags of candy we actually used. I then recorded that number in my Palm on the calendar on 10/31. I also noted the weather (e.g. "rainy and cold") so that I can remember whether the trick-or-treater traffic was unusually light or heavy that year.
Now I can peek at my calendar from last year or the year before on my cell phone and make a more educated estimate of how many bags I ought to buy this year. (I'll note the info again for this year of course!)
If you use an electronic calendar on your computer or PDA, you could even set a reminder to pop up the week before Halloween! Because some of us, ahem, might forget that we very wisely recorded this info the year before.
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