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3 Snack Hacks That Can Help Save You Money

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Have you ever left a grocery store wondering how your bill got to be so high? This has happened to me more than I care to admit but, ever since trying the 28-day meal plan, I’ve made much more of an effort to pay attention to my food-spending habits. While it’s not necessarily a bad thing to pay for convenience, sometimes it’s worth taking the extra time to prep meals and snacks in order to save money. After all, every little bit adds up! Check out these three thrifty snack hacks to help you shop smart and save a little cash.

Instead of buying: fruit on the bottom yogurt

Try: Frozen berries (no sugar or syrup added) and a 32-oz. container of plain yogurt

Frozen fruits and veggies are just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts and last much longer to boot. Measure out frozen berries into a reusable container, add a dollop or two of yogurt and pop in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready to eat in the morning, drain the extra liquid, stir and enjoy!

Instead of buying: pre-packaged snack bars

Try: Making your own energy bars/bites

These popular no-bake cashew coconut bites have been a hit with TOPS members and are simple to make. While you do have to roll up your sleeves and take time to make them, you’ll have pre-portioned deliciousness ready to grab when you need an afternoon pick-me-up.

Instead of buying: chips from the vending machine

Try: Plain, air-popped popcorn with your favorite seasonings

If you need a salty and crunchy fix, plan ahead for the week by buying a bag of air-popped popcorn. You can save even more by buying popcorn seeds and popping them yourself, but if you’re thinking, “Who has time for that?” a bag will do just fine. Three cups of plain popcorn is just one starch exchange and has roughly the same amount of carbs as one ounce of potato chips (which is about 10-13 chips). Add a pinch of garlic salt and parmesan cheese for a savory snack.

What are your go-to snack hacks? Tell me about them in the comments section. Happy snacking!

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