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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
Make your own creamy scalloped potatoes for a fraction of the price of boxed scalloped potatoes, with twice the flavor with this simple, yet dirt cheap recipe of potatoes, seasonings, milk, chicken broth and onions.
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