I love Yankee candles, but they're a little on the pricey side when you're pinching pennies. Twenty-five dollars for a large candle? I don't think so--not in my budget right now, at least.
You know how some store-brands are really made by the name-brand but packaged in the store brand? While I'm not saying that's the case here, the scents are so similar, but the savings so much greater, it sure makes one wonder.
What I'm talking about is Better Homes and Gardens' candles, sold at Walmart (this is not a paid endorsement). I bought a Pumpkin Pie candle this fall, and it was seriously one of the best candles I've ever bought. It burned well, it smelled great, it was only $4.96.
At Christmas, especially since we switched to an artificial tree, I love the Yankee Mistletoe Candle. It smells like a freshly cut pine tree. This week, at Walmart, I stopped to smell the candles, and lo and behold--Balsam and Cedar smells exactly like it. Exactly. For a savings of $20. (They also make a cranberry one that smells a ton like Yankee's Cranberry Chutney).
With a little boy who has become quite interested in fire, I do need to be extremely careful burning candles. If I'm not in the same room as the burning candle, it needs to be out. My husband and I have also gotten rid of all matches for safety (we use a lighter that he hasn't figured out yet).
So anyway, my days enjoying candles are coming to an end for quite awhile for safety reasons, but this Christmas, we'll enjoy the scent and the savings of my find. Check 'um out sometime & tell me what you think. I think you'll be impressed!