One of the most precious gifts we are given is time. There are certain areas of my life that I’ve done a pretty bad job of managing my time, but in most cases I’m always looking for ways to do better. As a mom, wife, cook, maid, taxi driver, volunteer, daughter, sister, pet owner and blogger (I’m sure I’m missing something) not managing my time well could lead to a hiccup in my daily routine. Hiccups will happen that’s life but I like to be prepared, if possible, for when those days come.
Without fail, my kids want a snack when they wake up from their nap…and at least once in the morning after breakfast and once more before bed. It may not sound like a big deal but it can actually be quite annoying when you don’t have an idea in mind or anything on hand. Pre-packaged snacks may save you a bit of a headache but it won’t save you money! Below are four quick and easy steps I’ve used to not only save money but save me time and stress.
1. Find 4-6 snack ideas and make sure to find some that include fruits and veggies for an even healthier snack. Pinterest is a good tool to use when you are lacking ideas and motivation.
2. Save money by utilizing what you have in your pantry first. Don’t feel like you have to follow a snack recipe to a “T.” The same goes for packaging all of the snacks. I like to use Ziploc Snack Bags. They are the perfect size for a well portioned snack. I also like to use Gladware Mini Rounds.
3. Write out a list of ingredients prior to hitting the grocery store and stick to it! Search for coupons or deals in your local paper or online to help save some pennies.
4. When you come home wash all of your fruits and veggies and lay out the rest of your ingredients and materials. Get your kids involved in the process. They will be excited to help knowing this is a treat for them. Within 30 minutes you’ll have a pantry stocked with snacks and a refrigerator full of some healthy choices.
Magic! Just like that you have a few weeks worth of snacks without the headache of searching the pantry for something delicious and healthy for your little ones, and no need to revert to expensive pre-packaged snacks.