If you have children, you are probably used to spending a large amount of your budget on snacks for the kids. Even if you do not enjoy baking, or cooking, making snacks for your kids can save you loads of time, and more importantly money. For example how many boxes of cookies do you end up buying for your children? Add that monthly amount up and multiply it by twelve, and you may be surprised at how much you end up spending. By just taking the time to plan out your week you can devote much of your time to making your own snacks from scratch.
Baking with the kids
Instead of doing the baking all by yourself, you can have the kids help you. This will help them to learn a few things as well as saving you some money. You can buy a bulk amount of supplies, and cook lots of cookies. I have found that when you bake cookies, brownies, or whatever snacks you choose, you make enough for the entire week. Use glass cookie jars, or storage containers to store all of the cookies. I have also found it to be a good idea to use pieces of tape to stick onto the jar, so that you know how long the cookies have been sitting in the jar.
Popcorn makes a great snack
My kids really love popcorn, and it is a quick, healthy snack to make for your kids. You can pop the popcorn at the beginning of the week and then place it in a container. What is really nice about popcorn is that you can change the flavor by just adding a few things to it. For example when your kids want a snack you can easily melt some butter, and pour over the popcorn. There are plenty of popcorn recipes online that will really make for a great snack for you, and your children.
Bulk shopping for snack supplies
If you belong to a wholesale club you can really take advantage of the bulk quantities that they sell. Make a list of all the recipes you need for your snacks. You can print out your snack recipes, and put them into a binder. Then when you are ready to make up your shopping list you can include all of the supplies you need to make the snacks. What is really great about snack food is that you can stock up on supplies for at least a month, especially if it is on sale. Either way it will end up saving you lots of money in the long run.