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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 homemade smoothie kits 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 Creative Family Moments

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 Fly Away Home shows you how to make a fabric snack bag.

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 put together a snack bin. 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!

Make Your Own SnacksBest Ever Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

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

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

My Book is Now Available In-Stores Nationwide! Buy a Copy & Get a $10 Starbucks Gift Card!

Buy My Book In-Store & I'll Buy You Coffee

Last week, a number of you went to your local stores to purchase my new book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, and couldn’t find it. My publisher discovered that many of the shipments of books were delayed due to all the weather issues last week.

I am so sorry that some of you made a special trip to your store(s) just to come up empty-handed! 🙁 Because of this, we decided to extend the Starbucks gift card offer — and to double it to a $10 Starbucks gift card instead of just a $5 Starbucks gift card!!

So here’s how it works: if you buy a copy of my book in-store, take a picture of yourself with the book at the store, and post the picture on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or your blog, I’ll send you a $10 Starbucks gift card!

I know that buying from a bookstore isn’t always as convenient as ordering online, but it really makes a HUGE difference to authors… because the number of books sold in stores determines how many books a store carries and where they display the book in-store.

So if you’re planning to purchase a copy of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, I’d love for you to consider buying it at your local store. And I’d love to send you a $10 Starbucks gift card as a thank you. 🙂

How to Get Your Free $10 Starbucks Gift Card

1. Go to your local store and find a copy of my new book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. (It should be available at some Sam’s Club stores, at all Barnes & Noble stores, plus at most Books-A-Million & Mardel stores, and many other local and Christian retailers)

2. Take a picture of yourself with the book at the store.

3. Post the picture on social media — Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog.

4. Fill out the form below. And that’s it! You’ll receive a $10 Starbucks gift card from me in the mail within 4-6 weeks.

This offer is valid through Wednesday, February 5, 2014. You can combine this offer with the FREE Mind Organization for Moms Offer to get even more bang for your buck!

Note: If you found the book in-store last week and filled out this form, we’ll be sending you a $10 Starbucks gift card, too!

January Giveaway Extravaganza: $100 Home Depot Gift Card, $100 Children’s Place Gift Card, $50 Applebee’s Gift Card, plus much more!

January Reader Giveaway Extravaganza

It’s time for another Reader Giveaway Extravaganza! This is just a little way for me to show my appreciation to you all for reading here!

This month’s prize pack contains some of the books I’ve enjoyed recently, two books I read aloud to our kids recently, a few gift cards, plus a number of other fun goodies I’ve picked up here and there over the past few months.

One reader will win the following prize pack:

  • $100 Home Depot gift card
  • $100 The Children’s Place gift card
  • $50 Applebee’s gift card
  • Dayspring Calendar
  • You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream by Holley Gerth
  • The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
  • Danger on a Silent Night (The Imagination Station series, Book 12)
  • The Redcoats are Coming! (The Imagination Station series, Book 13)
  • Bob’s Red Mill Sun-Dried Raisins
  • Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
  • Cacao Raw Chocolate Nibs
  • Bergin Sunflower Seeds
  • Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Tea
  • Teeccino Vanilla Nut Herbal Coffee
  • Dayspring Flip Calendar
  • Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
  • Plus, many more samples

To enter this giveaway, just click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address. One winner will be chosen and posted on Monday. This giveaway ends Friday, January 31, at 11:59 pm, CST.togiveaway2