Friday, December 17, 2010

Scent-Sational Savings

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!


  1. I've had great success w/ Walmart candles also. I'm currently burning the apple/cinnamon ones...

  2. Wow, these sound great. I will have to look for them next time I go to Wal-Mart. I hope they have one that smells like Yankee Candles Christmas Cookie. I love Yankee Candles too, but they are not in my budget either.

  3. You could always get a mug warmer/candle warmer instead of burning the candle. My Mom started doing that since she tends to forget to blow out the candles and was afraid she'd start a fire... You just have to get the sturdy glass container candles and set them on the warmer. Or set loose candles in an old mug.

  4. Get a candle warmer. Think you can get them for about $5 at Wal Mart they are in the candle area. Or there are the Scentsy warmers. Wal Mart has some Scentsy-like warmers for $15 (half of what the name brand is) and the scents for $2.

  5. Hi Tanja and A, I actually do have a candle warmer. I should start using it again! :)
    I actually do have a few Scentsy's. They work well, until my boys accidentally knock the cord and down comes the wax all over the carpet and down the wall!! ;) I did just pick up a few of Walmart's scents; they carry some of the Better Homes and Gardens' ones too.

    Thanks for the ideas :)