Snack Pack Hack

Published August 21, 2016 by lynn k scott

It’s Sunday and there’s school in the morning.  If you’ve got kids in school, odds are you have lunches to make.  My daughter rarely purchases lunch from school and this year it’s not even an option; as the government made it non-cost efficient to offer one while conforming to their rigid guidelines.  I’m ok with that; I prefer sending in her food with her.

Now, I’m not a morning  person; regardless of what my sleeping schedule may say to the contrary.  I do my best to set the coffee up the night before.  After all, that is my life blood and it’s what saves the world from ultimate destruction should I not have that vital liquid.

I’ve a got a tween in the house (pre-teen, that is) and her appetite is increasing.  So, I give some snacks she likes as well as some healthy ones I know she will eat as well.  One of her favorite go-to snacks are the Pepperdige Farm Goldfish Crackers.

Tonight, I purchased a 30 oz. box of the crackers and planned to divide them up.  I took a sandwich bag and filled it half-way with goldfish.  I did this 16 times until the box was emptied.


Now, instead of having a bunch of loose snack packs in my cabinet, I cut off the top of the goldfish box, wiped it out  and then restack the snack packs in the box.  This way, for the next 16 lunches I prepare (about 3 weeks’ worth), I just grab one each evening and put it in her lunch bag.

Of course I did the math.  This box cost me $5.98.  When I divide that by 16 snack packs I made by the cost of the box.  It comes out to about $0.37 each.  If you were to buy the individual snack packs from Pepperidge Farm, then you’d pay at least 10 cents more per pack and it would include less crackers.  By creating my own snack packs and storing them in their original container, I’ve saved at least $1.60 on this one snack.

Place the box in the cabinet and it stays organized and I’ll know when I’m getting low on my daughter’s favorite snack.  A little planning ahead can make the mornings run much smoother, esp. since getting up before the sun rises is one of my least favorite activities.



7 comments on “Snack Pack Hack

    • Don’t give me that much credit. I’m a strict food budget. My daughter would eat this entire box in a day or two, if she could get away with it. By packaging them up, it helps me curb her and assists in an easier lunch prep. Surprisingly, it only took 10 minutes to do.

      And thank you for the nomination. That’s the second one (different topic) this week. I used to do to a Quote of the Day, so I will definitely add this to my to-do list. 🙂


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