Each week when I go to the grocery store, there are more snack packs on the shelves. They are so convenient and pretty healthy, but they come with a high price tag. Let’s make some do-it-yourself snack packs to save money.
Summer of Snack Packs
During the school year, the only snacks I have to worry about are after school snacks. A few peanut butter crackers or some strawberries hold the kids over for the 30 minutes it takes me to make dinner.
Now, summer is here, and it seems like my kiddos want a snack every 5 minutes. I know it’s not good for them to eat all day long, so I’ve been searching for snacks that will keep them full longer.
During my grocery store trips, I looked at all the snack pack options. Many of them contain cheese, nuts, and fruit. They are fairly healthy and contain high protein foods to keep you full longer. Plus, the convenient packaging makes them easy to grab and go. I was ready to stock up on them. . .
Until I Saw the Price Tags!
Ranging from $2.99 to 4.99 in price, these snack packs would destroy my grocery store budget. The math problems ran through my head – 2 kids x 7 days a week x $3 = $42 for the kids to have one snack a day.
That’s using the cheapest price. Plus, we have a morning and an afternoon snack time. At this rate, snacks would use up my entire weekly budget for food.
Since I couldn’t afford to buy the prepackaged snacks, I decided to make some snack packs of my own. I wanted to see how much money I could save.
First, I purchased a few packaged snacks as inspiration. The Giant brand snack pack had a $1.00 off coupon attached, so I picked up one of those. It was originally $2.99, and I got it for $1.99. It contains apples, caramel sauce, cheese, and pretzels.
I had a coupon for $1.00 off a Ready, Egg, Go! snack pack. They were originally $3.99, so I paid $2.99. It contains a hard boiled egg, pistachios, and cheddar cheese.
Gathering the Ingredients
Now, I needed to get all the ingredients for my do-it-yourself snack packs. Eggs were on sale at the grocery store, and I got 18 eggs for 99 cents. I bought a block of Cracker Barrel Cheddar Cheese for $1.99.
I already had a bag of pistachios at home that I bought when it was on sale for $2.50 and a bag of pretzels that was $1.50. I didn’t want to spend money on caramel sauce that wouldn’t be used for anything else. Therefore, I substituted it with peanut butter I already had in the pantry. My kids actually prefer dipping their apples in peanut butter.
All of the ingredients cost about $7.00. There was enough of everything to prepare snacks for the entire week.
Preparing the Snack Packs
Once all the ingredients were gathered, it was time to start making the snack packs. I put water on the stove to boil the eggs. During the 15 minutes it took to hard boil the eggs, I prepared the rest of the ingredients. I cut the block of cheese into cubes, shelled the pistachios, sliced the apple, and soaked it in some lemon juice.
Since I wanted my snack packs to be portable just like the ones at the grocery store, I picked up some cute containers at The Dollar Tree. They are perfect for these little snacks. My kids love taking snacks in the car, and they can still grab these and go.
By the time the eggs were boiled, all the other snacks were packaged and ready. After cooling and peeling the eggs, I added them to the containers and put them all in the refrigerator until we were ready for snacks.
Snack Pack Success
In under 30 minutes and for less than $7.00 I was able to make 10 of each type of snack pack. That even allows my husband and I to have a few snacks this week. The kids absolutely love their special snacks, and I love that I was able to save so much money!
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What will you put in your do-it-yourself snack packs?