extra credit: make your own trail mix.
Do you ever feel like a lot of your discretionary income is spent on snacks? Gee wiz…talk about a budget buster. My kids would snack all day if I’d let ’em, so I usually put the kibosh on the all day snacking and stick to 2-3 snacks a day.
One snack they could eat until the cows come home is trail mix. I used to buy trail mix pre-made and found I was paying about $4-5 per pound (and we’d go through about 2 pounds a week). But now that it’s become nearly a job to find the best ways to eat on a shoestring I’ve started making my own trail mix, using the broad selection at Sprouts to do so. It’s fun! And I think your kids will enjoy helping too.
Here’s a typical mix for us, and the cost associated with it:
4-6 cups of cereal (usually Trader Joes O’s, but you could do any snacking cereal really)
2 cups raisins
2 cups peanuts
1 cup yogurt raisins or chocolate chips
I’ve determined based on this ratio that I now spend about $6-7 per week on trail mix, saving about 20-40% by making my own. And this lasts a full week, or about 25-30 servings.
But the sky is the limit! Here are some ingredients to get you inspired. Just remember the heavier the ingredients the more you’ll spend…
Dried fruits – cranberries, apples, bananas, cherries, apricots, pineapple, coconut
Nuts – Almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, candied nuts
Sweets – Chocolate or yogurt covered raisins, chocolate covered nuts, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, carob chips, chocolate or yogurt covered pretzels, etc.
So hit up the bulk section next time you’re at your local store and make your own trail mix!
Think you’ll give it a try? Let me know!