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Kids Make out Like Bandits with Candy Buybacks

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When it comes to trick to treating strategy, kids know, to top up those treat bags, they've got to know their battlefield, and carry out the plan with almost military precision.

"We know we can get the most treats out of this lady in our neighborhood named Jeanie, she has a lot of decoration," says Rebekah Bordeaux.

"We went trick or treating a lot longer than we did last year," says Madison Ahlers. "My friend's neighborhood has a lot more people, so we just went to every house available. We went from six thirty to eight thirty," she says,

"We had a little girl come in with a bag -- thirteen pounds," says dental office manager Tami Kurtyka.. "I thought, what are you going to do with all that candy?"

That's where candy buyback programs come from. Kids are turning loot into lucre, with the help of dentists across the country willing to pay a buck a pound for whatever they want to bring in. If they leave a pound or two at home -- well, every bit counts.

One family with two little ones dropped off an eight-pound bag at Dr. Patrick Capp's West Fargo clinic.

"Is that a drop in the bucket?" we asked.

"A very little drop," says Kurtyka.

It's not a lot of money to an adult, but it is to a kid. Although it's a lot of work, too, as Madison admits.

"I got really tired, lugging my big bag around," she says, gesturing to an estimated bag size that's roughly waist-level on the little girl.

But the real treat is that as long as these little soldiers are willing to carry on, going door to door, Operation Gratitude will pay to send their candy overseas to deployed American troops.

Now that's a really sweet deal.

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