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    I'm trying very hard to cut my grocery bill, but I'm having problems
    cutting back on the snacks. Do any of you have some good ideas for
    frugal snacks, to buy or make?

    We have 3 in our family at this time, me, hubby, and one of our grown
    sons. Hubby and son feel as if there is nothing to eat in the house if
    we don't have chips, snack crackers, peanuts etc. Our son does buy many
    of his own snacks but he also gets into ours too.

    Nancy Ann

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    Snacks in our house are air-popped pop corn, or the microwave stuff if I can
    find it cheap, fresh fruit, dried fruit, fresh vegetables, crackers from
    walmart ($1 box) and cheap big bags of pretzels. Raisins from trader joes are
    a favorite... almost like candy. I also munch on dry cereal at times.... if I
    can find healthy and cheap on sale. I also grow my own sprouts on the kitchen
    counter and these are great snacking material.

    Sheila
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    Hi Nancy:--the cheapest snack I have is air popped popcorn.
    Because I'm on a diet I do not add salt or butter so it's cheap
    and good for you. Blessings, Pat

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    If you family wants chips and such. Did you know that one large baking
    potato sliced and fried or baked will equal one bag of chips? White corn
    tortillas sprayed with Pam or other non stick spray and baked will make a
    huge amount of chips and for very little money.
    I make potato chips for my family on occasion and they love them. My
    husbands favorite snack is popcorn, microwave or the old fashioned kind you
    make in a pan.
    Good luck with you snacks. Crackers are easy to make also....

    Sue Caswell

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    I like using my microwave to make bagel chips, wonton chips, pita chips,
    potato chips, tortilla chips and popcorn (in a microwave popcorn cooker) -
    all are relatively low fat. Homemade hummus with pita bread wedges are a
    tasty change too. I found that if fresh fruit and vegetables are washed,
    prepared (ie. peeled &/or cut into manageable pieces) and easily accessable
    they are more likely to be grabbed. Salt free pretzels are also a
    convenient snack to munch on when you want something with a crunch.

    Lisa B.

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    How long do you bake the potatoes & tortillas? Do you add anything
    to the potatoes? Also, is the air popped popcorn the stuff that you
    buy in the jar? Do you need a special pan to cook it? Thanks!

    China

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    First thing that I would say is to take a look at what snacks that you
    regularly have on hand. Now that you know what they are see if you can find
    clone recipes for some of them or find something close to that. If you guys
    like fruit you can stock up on it when it is on sale. If you can't do that
    than you might consider easing in more homemade snacks while cutting out
    the store bought ones. I know that I need to make some snacks since it feels
    like there is nothing to eat but my freezer is full and so is my pantry....I
    hadn't noticed them filling up again and I only spend $60 a week for 4.

    Susan

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    You slice the potato into thin uniform slices or cut the pita into uniform
    pieces then arrange on a microwave chip maker. I have made them on other
    microwave dishes with ridges (to allow air to flow underneath) with success
    too. The instructions say to cook potato chips for 11 - 17 minutes and pita
    chips for 2 - 4 minutes. You can season them before cooking with garlic salt
    and whatever else strikes your fancy.

    Lisa B.

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