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52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Snacks {Week 42}

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Each week for 52 weeks, I’m sharing a different way you can save $100 this year. If you do all of these things, you’ll be able to save over $5,000 this year alone! Many of these things will likely be things you’re already doing, but hopefully all of you will pick up at least a few new ideas or some inspiration from this series.

One way to save a lot of money is to make your own snacks. Not only are they often much more delicious than pre-packaged snacks, but they are usually much healthier for you!

8 Quick & Easy Homemade Snack Ideas

  1. Hard-Boiled Eggs
  2. Veggies
  3. Fruit
  4. Homemade Yogurt in the Crockpot
  5. Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
  6. Popcorn
  7. Homemade Crockpot Pear or Applesauce Sauce
  8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies

Southwest Roll-Ups

8 Freezer-Friendly Snack Ideas

When you have a free day or a laid-back weekend, use some of that time to make meals and parts of meals to stick in your freezer. Things like homemade popsicles, homemade gogurts, homemade cookie dough, homemade muffins, and are great to have on hand.

  1. Freezer-Friendly Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
  2. Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread
  3. Easy Morning Glory Muffins
  4. Homemade Energy Bites
  5. Brown Bag Burritos
  6. Homemade Pizza Pockets
  7. Southwest Roll-ups
  8. Best Ever Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Check out my list of 5 Freezer-Friendly Snacks + a Printable Grocery List

Bag Your Own Snacks

Bag Your Own Snacks

Tip submitted by Heather from

Food goes fast at my house, especially handy to-go snacks. A bag of chips? Forget about it. It’ll be gone before I can sneak a handful.

A baked pan of brownies? The smell lingers but I think I only got a taste test.

Pistachios? The bag is left for me, full of shells.

Part of the problem is that we decided long ago that we wanted our house to be a welcoming place for the kids’ friends. We made that decision when they were preschoolers. It was a no-brainer then.

Now that they are teen, tween, and elementary, these kids and their friends can eat! Afternoons, weekends, and summer means I see many pairs of hopeful eyes looking up at me before they ask, “Is there something I can have for a snack?”

Homemade Fabric Snack Bag

Want to reduce your plastic bag usage? Lucy from shows you how to .

It was worth it though, for the relationships. Yet, packing cold lunches was my breaking point. Sending three kiddos and one husband off to school and work with a cold lunch meant I needed some handy to-go foods that would actually stick around long enough to make it into the thermal bags!

Snack bags came to the rescue! On sale (and/or with coupon!) I can get a pack of 100 snack bags for under two dollars. So when I bake brownies, I instantly cut them up, set aside a few for dessert, and store them in snack bags (Hide them immediately for later use!).

Find pistachios on sale? Sweet! I split up the serving portions and store them. Any special treat that goes on sale with a handy coupon (like the free Skittles I got awhile ago), I’ve learned to split up immediately so they’ll last.

I have happy kids, and a happy husband, because they have treats and good snacks that are already in serving size bags and inhibit mindless eating. It helps food last much longer and thereby saves me money and sanity!

Create a Snack Bin

If you have a snack time every day, take a little time on the weekends to . This will save you having to even think about what to serve for snack. In fact, you can just tell your kids to go pick out something from the snack bin!

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Looking for more snack ideas? Check out this post on Quick & Inexpensive Snack Ideas.

What are some of your family’s favorite homemade snacks?

Other posts in the 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year series

  1. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Bake Your Own Bread (Week #1)
  2. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Make Your Own Coffee at Home (Week #2)
  3. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Cable Package {Week 3}
  4. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Order Prescription Glasses Online {Week 4}
  5. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners {Week 5}
  6. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Mixes {Week 6}
  7. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become a One-Car Family {Week 7}
  8. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Surround Yourself With Frugal Friends {Week 8}
  9. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Eliminate Disposable Products {Week 9}
  10. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Cut Your Own Hair {Week 10}
  11. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Use Cloth Diapers {Week 11}
  12. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become Best Friends With Your Freezer {Week 12}
  13. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Rent Movies for FREE {Week 13}
  14. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Ask for a Discount {Week 14}
  15. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cancel Your Gym Membership {Week 15}
  16. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Get the Best Bang for Your Buck at Yard Sales {Week 16}
  17. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Grow Some Of Your Food {Week 17}
  18. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cut Back on the Soda Pop Habit {Week 18}
  19. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Buy in Bulk {Week 19}
  20. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Price-Match at Walmart {Week 20}
  21. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Landline {Week 21}
  22. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Refinance Your Mortgage {Week 22}
  23. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Follow a Local Deal Blogger {Week 23}
  24. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Coupon Database {Week 24}
  25. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Plan a Weekly Menu {Week 25}
  26. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Strategically Use Daily Deal Sites {Week 26}
  27. 52 Different Ways to Save At Least $100 Per Year: Shop at Aldi {Week 27}
  28. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Books {Week 28)
  29. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Clothing {Week 29}
  30. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop With Cash {Week 30}
  31. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat Less Meat {Week 31}
  32. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Is this really a good deal? {Week 32}
  33. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: 3 Ways to Save on Online Orders {Week 33}
  34. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Turn Your Clutter Into Cash {Week 34}
  35. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get Organized {Week 35}
  36. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Have an All-Cash Christmas {Week 36}
  37. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Sign Up for Swagbucks {Week 37}
  38. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Cut Your Fuel Costs {Week 38}
  39. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Frequent the Library {Week 39}
  40. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Simplify Birthday Parties {Week 40}
  41. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Brown Bag It {Week 41}
  42. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Snacks {Week 42}
  43. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Programmable Thermostat {Week 43}
  44. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Limit Eating Out {Week 44}
  45. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get a Bang for Your Buck on Travel Expenses {Week 45}
  46. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Don't Pay For Pre-Made Baby Food {Week 46}
  47. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat More Beans {Week 47}
  48. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Homemade Cards {Week 48}
  49. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop At More Than One Store {Week 49}
  50. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat From the Pantry {Week 50}
  51. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Stay Home More {Week 51}
  52. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Develop Contentment {Week 52}

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25 Comments

  • says:

    I make popcorn or kettle corn at least once a week for snacks. My kids also love deviled eggs and they also are great for breakfast if they last that long.

  • says:

    Snacks go fast at my house too! We LOVE the homemade energy bites! We all love making chocolate-covered bananas and chocolate-drizzle popcorn. Love the idea of making a snack bin. 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    We also love those energy bites and go through a ton of them. I was spending a ridiculous amount of time rolling them into balls before I had my “aha!” moment and started pressing the mix into a pan and cutting it into squares after refrigerating! I use a 9×9 pan for a single recipe, 9×13 for double and a sheet pan with sides (maybe 11×17?) for a triple recipe…I told you we eat a lot of them! Just make sure you press them VERY firmly into the pan. I use a second pan on top with some wax paper in between to smash it down or use a rolling pin with the sheet pan. Hope this saves someone else some time. 🙂

  • Tina says:

    Where can I find the snack bags?

    • Kari Purdham says:

      Snack bags are made by several different companies and can be found in all the major Superstores, and most grocery stores. I personally like the Ziplok brand.

  • says:

    I, too, portion snacks and keep a “snack station” stocked. I love the portability and portion control of individual packs, put don’t appreciate the extra cost of pre-portioned snacks. I found we were going through A LOT of snack bags, so I ended up buying 4 oz gladware round containers to use and reuse. They cost around $3 for 8 (less with coupons!), so you can get a lot of them, but it’s not a big deal if they get lost or broken.

  • Helen Martin says:

    This site was recommended to me by my grand-daughter. Works for we older retired great-grand-parents, as well. Love all the tips and recipes–keep up the good work

  • michelle says:

    I recently made those energy bites I have seen you post. My family LOVES them! Even the 1 1/2 yr old 🙂 Sunflower butter and almond butter work great in this recipe too! However I was pondering why I am feeding my children “Energy Bites” when their energy Never seems to run out LOL! Thank you for the great recipe.

  • sharon Bradley says:

    Want the recipes for your snacks please would love to try them.

  • says:

    Thank you so much for featuring my snack bag. I had no idea so many people would be interested. I have had over 600 hits coming from your site! Thanks again.

  • Cheri says:

    With kids in the house ranging from 19 to 7, snacks disappear so fast! I have found that when I do buy snacks or make homemade one, I need to hide them. I have chips, fruit snacks and my homemade stash in a chest in my bedroom closet. Might sound crazy to some but it totally works! Out of sight out of mind. One of my other tricks is to make a huge batch of zucchini bread or banana bread and wrap them individually and freeze them. Thanks for the great ideas, love it!

  • Joyce says:

    My kids love the individually wrapped cheese sticks. It finally dawned on me to buy a block of cheese & cut it myself & package in snack bags.
    1.5 lb store cheese sticks=6.98
    2.5 lb block of cheese=7.98

  • Jen says:

    I just read the comment policy because mine always seem to be deleted for some reason. I wasn’t trying to cause trouble when I said I disagree with fruit being a good snack to save money. It is soo expensive. I try to buy in season and buy cheaper fruits but it still seems more expensive than buying prepackaged junk! I honestly just wanted to know if anyone could give me dome tips on how to actually save $100 this year while still providing my children with nutritious fruit.
    I was also curious as to the actual cost of homemade yogurt. Milk is $4 a gallon but I can usually buy yogurt for next to nothing with coupons and sales.
    I love your website and think you are wondrrful. Please don’t delete my comment this time!

    • Jo says:

      I have gotten some great deals by buying fruit in bulk! I also have priced the cost of homemade yogurt and it’s definitely cheaper than buying yogurt — especially if you use milk that you get reduced!

      I hope that helps!

  • LISA says:

    For snacks, I make chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, banana bead with choc chips (or plain), pizza bagels, veggies and dip, fruit smoothies, any fruit with cool whip … I cut the sugar by half for cookies and use artificial sweetener for the breads and smoothies. Even my fruit pies are sugarfree.
    It’s expensive at the store so we make all meals at home and half the snacks. I do buy snacks if I know i don’t have time to make them.

  • Heather says:

    You read my mind! I have been so bored with the snacks that I make, but now I have a few more in my arsenal. Thank you!

  • Jenny says:

    Just FYI in linking these recipes to pintrest I found I couldn’t do #2, Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread; the link goes to the PB&J sandwiches.

  • says:

    Some useful tips for me that always want to save money, and ALWAYS is hungry! 😉

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