We don’t snack much at home. We tend to snack when we’re bored, and that’s never a good reason to eat. I try to keep on hand some semi-healthy (or completely unhealthy but delicious), frugal snacks to tide us over between meals.
Popcorn — At $1/box (one box has six bags) at Aldi, that’s only $0.16 per bag. There’s enough for at least two people in a bag, depending on how much you like to eat.
Whole fruit — I bought a bag of apples and a bag of oranges for $2.29/bag. Each bag contained maybe eight pieces of fruit (I’ll count next time). That’s like $0.30 per serving. We also like grapes and bananas for quick munching. You can dip apple slices in peanut butter or caramel dip, or yogurt with granola on top.
Applesauce — I’ve made my own before when apples were in season and really cheap. Or, you can pick up a jar for $0.89 or so. We like to add cinnamon to ours.
Yogurt — My husband eats a lot of yogurt. Typically, I buy it at Aldi for about $0.45 per cup. If you have yogurt coupons, you can sometimes find them cheaper at the grocery. Or, buy a larger container and make your own serving sizes.
Pudding — Even though the box says not to use nonfat milk to make instant pudding, I do it anyway. It seems to hold up fine, though it’s probably not as thick as it would be if I used 2% milk. With powdered reconstituted milk, making instant pudding is really cheap and easy. Eat it as it is, or stuff it into some creampuffs.
Jell-o — Also quick and easy, Jell-o is just a box of mix and water–super cheap! You can add chopped fruit or turn it into a gelatin dessert for some variety. I buy the Aldi brand stuff for $0.25/box.
Pretzels/chips/crackers — Can be had for $1 or $2 at Aldi, depending on the variety and size. I try to limit this category, since “you can’t eat just one!”
Cookies — I eat a lot of them. Cookies are delicious. The ones I get are $1 per bag at Aldi. Or, I could pick up a bag of chocolate chips for $1 and make some yummy Tollhouse pan-style chocolate chip cookies for a little bit more money.
Trail mix — Make your own with your favorite cereals, nuts, pretzels, M&Ms, raisins, other dried fruit, seasonings and whatever you want.
Cheese quesadillas — A tortilla, some shredded cheese, a little bit of salsa microwaved or broiled, and then dipped in sour cream.
What are your favorite snacks?