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Cost Effective Snack Ideas for Kids

I knew that kids eat a lot, but I never expected just how much it would cost! I’m always on the hunt for cost effective snack ideas for kids as it often feels like they are a bottomless pit

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I love to make baked snacks for my kids, but let’s face it, sometimes there just isn’t enough time. I often make muffins first thing in the morning as they are a great breakfast and school lunch food. I also find that they are very cost effective and a great way to include healthier choices (like banana, carrots or zucchini).

In order to make these homemade snacks even more cost effective, I like to check out the flyers and stock up on staples like flour, eggs, milk and butter. Missing in the staples list for baking is sugar, but I am trying really hard to cut down on the use of sugar in my baking by replacing it with honey or pure maple syrup instead.

One of the items that I do keep in stock as well, for a quick snack option, is granola bars. This week, I found a large sized box (40 bars) of brand name granola bars at FreshCo for $5.99, quite possibly the least expensive I’ve ever seen them! Typically, I purchase them at 26 cents each. This time, they were 15 cents each – definitely one of the most cost effective snack ideas for kids.

I also learned that FreshCo will price match using the FreshCo Cheaper Guarantee where they will beat the price of any competitor with their price match policy. It might take a bit more time, but price matching is a great way to save even more money while shopping for food for the family.

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Three more cost effective snack ideas:

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No-Bake Healthy Oatmeal Granola Bars
A delicious treat that doesn’t take much time at all to make! The longest part is the chilling after you have prepared them.

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Kale Chips

When Kale is in season, it is very reasonably priced. Because it has a bitter taste, most children do not enjoy kale, BUT when prepared as kale chips, now that is a different story!

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One Pot Oatmeal Slab Cookies

One Pot cookies means there is a small amount of clean up after these delicious oatmeal slab cookies have been prepared.

What are your favourite cost effective snack ideas for your children?