Most of us have kids that love snacks. I have three kids ages five and under and snack time is of the highlights of their day It can be challenging to provide snacks that are healthy, appealing, and most of all-thrifty.
I used to buy prepackaged crackers and cookies (my kids ate fishy crackers by the gallon!). But I’ve discovered that snacks don’t have to be boring or expensive! Here’s some thrifty snack ideas:
Fresh fruit and vegetables are perfect snack time choices. They are healthy and have almost no preparation time. However fresh produce can be expensive so I only buy what is in season or on sale. I also have learned ways to use produce in creative new ways-for instance making homemade applesauce in your crock pot is a great way to use apples. Put peanut butter and raisins on a celery stick and you’ve got a fun and nutritious snack. Or how about homemade fruit leather!
Baking your own sweet treats is another a great way to save money. Cookies, muffins, granola bars, sweet breads-the possibilities are endless! And don’t forget home made yogurt in your crock pot I always make double batches when I bake goodies and keep some hidden in the freezer-this cuts back on your prep time and you’ll never get hit with the temptation to run out to the store and pick up something prepackaged and costly. One of our favorites is chocolate chip muffins and they’re so easy to make! They freeze nicely and can be used as a breakfast option too.
Eggs and cheese can be your new snack time favorites. Boiled eggs, deviled eggs, and egg salad on crackers are all great and frugal snack ideas. Use cheese to make quesidillas and cheesy roll ups. How about a small plate of chips and cheese (this one is my husbands favorite snack).
And don’t forget crackers! Why pay premium prices when you can make your own! Graham crackers, saltine crackers, and vanilla wafers all can be made in your kitchen. Not only will making them save you money but you’ll be able to pronounce all the ingredients too
Incorporating new options into your snack time will not only save you money but it will also get you away from unhealthy, prepackaged items. I encourage you to take snack time to the ‘next’ level and see what frugal and fabulous goodies you can come up with!