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My Two Cents: Pricing Halloween Candy

Peter J. Wiggins went to local stores today to check prices of Halloween candies, toothpaste and lowest prices of meat.

Halloween is around the corner in about 16 days, and homeowners will be doing that traditional thing of handing out candy to trick or treaters. I went to this website and I compared the Halloween candy brands---Blow Pops, Starbursts, Gummy Bears, Butterfingers, Kit Kats, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Twix Bars, Snickers Bars and Candy Corn. I also went to three stores today---CVS in Taunton, BJ's in Taunton and Walgreens in Norton---and I checked the prices of the brands I found on their websites. Here are the prices:

Blow Pops- Fun pack
CVS- 2 for $6 with CVS card
BJ's- $8.99
Walgreens- $3.19

Starburst- Fun pack
CVS- 2 for $6 with CVS card or $3.99 with no card
BJ's $6.49
Walgreens $2.79

Gummy Bears
CVS- $.88
BJ's $6.29- (The Big Bag of the Black Mountain Gummy Bears is the one that I saw)
Walgreens $1.19 (The Haribo Brand)

Butterfingers- Fun pack
CVS- $3.99
BJ's- $11.99
Walgreens- $3.49

Kit Kat's- Fun pack
CVS- $4.59
BJ's- $5.89- (The 10 pack of Kit Kat bars)
Walgreens- $2.99

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
CVS- $6.99
BJ's- $11.49 (The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup miniatures)
Walgfreens- $6.99

Twix
CVS- $7.49
BJ's- $6.99- (Along with the Snickers, Milky Way and 3 Musketeers in a Chocolate M&M Brand Fun Pack)

Snickers
CVS- 2 for $6 with Card
Walgreens- $3.49

Candy Corn
CVS- $1.19 (the CVS Gold Emblem brand)
Walgreens- $2 for $3- (the Brach's brand)

While I was at BJ's researching the Halloween candy prices, I also trotted over to the meat section and found the lowest price of meats:
Beef roast $9.59
Ground beef $9.62
Pork $5.88
Ground beef $4.98
Chicken breast $9.33
Ground turkey $7.32
Whole turkey $8.99
Whole ham- $20.15
Lamp- $5.99

I found the price of toothpastes and compared the toothpastes that people get in bulks to brands that are purchased in single packages at pharmacies. The toothpaste I used in my survey is 16oz. 
BJ's
Crest 4-pack at $8.59- and i divided the price by 4 and it comes to $2.15 a pack
Colgate 5-pack at $8.49- $1.70 a pack
Aquafresh 4-pack at $6.49- $1.62 a pack
Sensodyne 3-pack at $16.99- $5.66 a pack
Arm and Hammer- 3 pack at $7.99- $2.66 a pack
 
This afternoon I went over to CVS, Haskin's Pharmacy and Walgreens all in Norton and I compared to prices there compared at BJ's

CREST
Walgreens $3.24
Haskin's $2.95
CVS $2.99

COLGATE
Walgreens $3.79
Haskin's $3.23
CVS $3.49

AQUAFRESH
Walgreens $2.29
Haskin's $2.59
CVS $2.49

SENSODYNE
Walgreens $5.99
Haskin's $6.47
CVS $6.29

ARM AND HAMMER
Walgreens $4.79
Haskin's $3.43
CVS $5.49

And there you have it; the prices of Halloween candy, meat and toothpaste brands at local stores. I hope you find it very helpful as you make your decisions.

This is Peter J. Wiggins reporting for Norton Patch news.

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Lee Desmarais October 15, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I can not think of a person better suited to this comparison shopping, so good to see such intelligence being put to good use. Nice job Peter!!!! Keep up the good work. You may be the catalyst for a pricing war!!!
John Francis October 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Great job & a great local pricing review. Keep up the good work.
Pasquale Barletta October 17, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Since you are not giving the size of pkg or weights your information is useless.

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