With a game plan in place and the mantra “practice restraint” running through my head, we entered and very shortly got caught up in the sheer volume of candy and kooky sights. Wide-eyed and giddy, we laughed and danced through the store, all of us acting like kids in a candy store. It’s a fun place to explore, and there was plenty to see and do besides fill up on candy.
The candy store was the first stop on our Minneopa Family Trip. When we left, having scored treats for the road trip, we were laughing at the sheer absurdity of the place, and we carried the fun atmosphere of the store with us, which set the tone for the rest of our trip. We enjoyed a beg-free, whine-free experience, and we left happy with money in our wallets and no obscene amount of candy. These two tips helped us have an enjoyable experience:
Allowances: Kacya, our three-year-old, brought along a bag of coins she had collected around the house. She had a set amount of money to purchase candy – $10 worth – and made the final decision on her purchases. This tactic worked perfectly to limit candy purchases and made for a whine-free and enjoyable venture.
Practice Restraint: It’s important to discuss a game plan and budget before entering the store. Shortly after entering, we were all acting childish and would have gladly and freely bought out the store had we not had restraint in mind. As is, we spent $10 over our $20 budget, but we would have spent far more had we not had a budget.