Friday, November 7, 2008

Frugal Snack Ideas!

I have been trying over the past couple of weeks to be a little more efficient and organized with my life. It seems like I have no order in my life and no schedule for anything and it is starting to get out of hand. So, because of this I have tried to pin point a few things that I have really been struggling with. One of these things was being prepared when I go out the door to run errands.

Almost everyday I get up with the kids, take my hubby to school (we only have one car!), come home, sit on the computer for a little bit, get ready for the day, pick up a little bit and then I usually try to go run errands or just get out of the house for a little bit before my kids naps. It seems to tire them out better for a longer nap. :)

My problem is that we don't get out the door until 11:30 and I don't think to grab any food so my kids and me within a half an hour are screaming and want food. So what do we do....we stop and buy food somewhere! I know that is terrible, and so many people struggle with this, so because of this I have devised a plan to be more prepared. I made premade snack packs with things I already had on hand so I can just grab them and go. I have heard about people doing this and even have done it once or twice in the past but never stayed with it. So here was my plan. I took Gold Fish, Raisins, Vanilla Wafers, Saltines, Triscuits, and some homemade cookies and threw them into small individual baggies.

Now I can just grab them and go and at least I will always have something to tide us over until we can make it home for lunch.

You could do so many things for little snacks besides the things I listed above, and they would be so much cheaper than buying premade single packs from the grocery store or buying restaurant food.

Other Ideas would include:

Fruit Snacks
Granola Bars
Mini Marshmallows
Club Crackers
Chex Mix
Fruit Roll ups
Fruit Leather

You could also keep a small bowl or tupperware in your frig or freezer with bagged items as well like:

Muffins (you could make a huge batch and then freeze them)
PB&J (you can freeze these as well)
Yogurt (you can freeze yogurt containers and make your own little Go-gurts, my hubby does this all the time for school.)
Small bags grapes
String Cheese

And probably a ton of other ideas! Has anybody else ever done this before and would like to add to the list of items you could use as a grab and go item? I would love to hear other ideas!


Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

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Delighted Mom said...

Love this idea! I'm always looking for more snack ideas! We do goldfish, cheerios, and mum mum's when we are out and about! Great ideas!

Sonshine said...

We love our snack basket! :)

I found keeping up with it saved us several dollars on the dining out and also for the kids to know what is a available for a snack. :)