Quick and Cheap Snacks for Tight Budgets

Whip up quick and easy snacks designed for on-the go life without breaking the budget. A few tips will help create tasty but expensive morsels for afternoon snacks or lunchbox treats.

Prepare your favorite snacks at home without paying extra money for pre-boxed favorites. A few quick tips and simple recipe suggestions can create tempting treats for after-school snacks or appetizers.

Homemade Jello Cups

Wash and save yogurt cups with snap lids, then fill each one with cooling gelatin and refrigerate to create an instant gelatin snack in your favorite flavors. Add extras to the liquid gelatin, like yogurt or fruit, to create a rich snack.

Mini Pot Pies

Cut pre-made or homemade pie crust sheets into fourths or sixths; press into muffin tins and add chopped turkey, vegetables, and canned broth before topping each with an additional piece of crust. Crimp the edges, then bake and serve delicious mini chicken pies. For extra savings, use won ton wraps or off-brand croissants for the crust, along with canned vegetables and cubed turkey lunch meat.

Sandwich Roll Bites

Spread flour tortillas with a mixture of cream cheese and dried Italian dressing, then layer with slices of ham, tomato, cheddar cheese, and lettuce. Roll up and slice into pinwheels before serving.

Create simple but savory snack foods everyone will love and avoid pricier favorites from the frozen food section or pre-boxed choices. A few pennies saved can also mean a little extra flavor in everyday snacks.

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