One Last Word About the Thrifty Kitchen: Snack Time (part 4 of 4)

Posted 05-4-2010 at 09:53 AM by MyFrugalFunLife

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!

Filed Under: General, Savings Talk


10 Responses to “One Last Word About the Thrifty Kitchen: Snack Time (part 4 of 4)”

  1. momtoesther on May 4th, 2010 4:13 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this series. I grew up cooking and baking from scratch and can’t imagine spending all that money on prepared food!

  2. whitneywalters on May 4th, 2010 6:27 pm

    Great post!!

  3. HannahsMom on May 4th, 2010 6:45 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas! Great post :)

  4. Celeste on May 4th, 2010 7:50 pm

    I was just thinking today (as I was feeding the girls prepackaged applesauce) that I should just start making it myself!! Thanks for the advice!

  5. PiecesOfKate on May 4th, 2010 11:02 pm

    Great suggestions!

  6. squiddles on May 5th, 2010 4:02 pm

    great ideas!

  7. mrs.hull on May 5th, 2010 4:10 pm

    Yum! I am definitely going to try baking those cookies and crackers. =)

  8. rdossmann on May 7th, 2010 2:10 am

    I have enjoyed this series b/c I grew up in a prepackaged cooking world and I wanted to changed that. I wanted my kids to have healthier choices and less expensive snacks. I wanted to learn how to make my own snacks instead of just buying them. Thank you so much for nudging me in that direction and making it easy for me to take that first step.

  9. anahrose on May 10th, 2010 6:25 pm

    Thanks so much for this! I just made yogurt for my girls on Friday and it is half gone(it made 64oz). They can’t get enough. It is going to be a staple in this house from now on.

  10. norrahsmommy on May 15th, 2010 7:29 am

    Thank you for this!!

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