Buy It vs Make It

Time is money, especially when you’re hungry. You can either pay more for grab-and-go convenience-or pay less and do the prepping, chopping, sorting and packing yourself. We did the math; now you figure out what you value more.

Save Time: $2.59 Sabra Snackers Hummus with Pretzels

Save Money: $1.41 Buy a family-size container of hummus and a bag of pretzel chips, and portion out 1/3 cup of each.

Snack Wraps

Save Time: $1.67 Hormel Natural Choice Turkey and White Cheddar Wraps

Save Money: .94 Stack thinly sliced deli turkey, thinly sliced white cheddar and a thin layer of honey mustard on a multigrain tortilla

Hard-boiled Eggs

Save Time: $1.50 Eggland’s Best 2-pack

Save Money: .53 In 20 minutes, you can boil and peel 2 eggs.

100-Calorie Nut Packs

Save Time: .57 per pack Blue Diamond Almonds On-The-Go

Save Money: .34 Buy a large bag of lightly salted nuts and pre-sort portions of 14 almonds.

Peanut Butter Packs

Save Time: .40 per pack Jif To Go or Skippy Singles individual cups

Save Money: .20 Spoon 3 tbsp PB into a reusable cup

More Homemade Pack-and-Go Snacks

Pack 12 baby carrots with 2 tbsp ranch dressing .49 cents

Peel and dice a pineapple and pack in 1-cup portions .63 cents

Spoon 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt into a lidded cup and pack 3 tbsp granola in a small zip-top bag. .60 cents

Make your own trail mix: combine 2 tbsp each of chocolate chips, peanuts, raisins and pumpkin seeds. .85 cents

3 Reusable Snack Containers We Love

1. Stashed Snack Bag, $10. Reusable silicone bag with an airtight seal.

2. OXO Smart Seal Container, $3. Plastic container with a locking lid to prevent leaks and spills.

3. Ziploc Containers. Extra Small Square, $3 for an 8-pack. Use one for your yogurt and one for granola.

Published by Zakieh Amer

I'm a housewife, and mother of a 6 year old dog. I don't have kids.

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