I is for Inexpensive Individual Snack Packs
Indulging in handy snacks may be tempting, particularly when we travel. But we surely overpay for those 100-calorie cookie, jerky or nut bags and tiny foil sacks of chips.
Those pre-packaged deli snack/lunches may be the biggest culprit of all, when it comes to jacking up prices for impulse buyers. Did you ever look inside one of those? You might find a half-dozen crackers, a few slices of cheese, and a cookie or two – all for a couple of dollars or more.
Yes, convenience is cool, and portion control counts.
Still, how many steps does it take to count out a few chips, cookies, or pretzels and place them into a baggie?
Better yet, stick them in a reusable container. In our house, we wash and save tight-lidded plastic tubs from deli meats and even dog food. Then we fill them with popcorn and other portable snacks.
For group outings, we toss dry snacks and treats into empty Pringles Potato Chip cans, lemonade mix containers, or cardboard iced tea powder canisters.
Smart shoppers already understand how much more economical bulk buying can be. A big box of crackers costs a whole lot less than the same food amount in single-serving units.
Frugalistas, repeat after me: We refuse to overpay for packaging.
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