5 Ways to Save on Healthy Snacks

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Eating healthier does not have to cost extra; it can even save you money. By switching to these five healthy snacks, families can save around $1,734 per year.

Making these simple substitutions each week will help your family save money and improve their health. What will you do with all the money your family saves?

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Snack tip #1

Did you know that natural, organic, gluten-free fruit snacks are still pure sugar? Choose a mini box of raisins instead. They are just as convenient, and pack nutrients like fiber, potassium and B vitamins. This swap saves around 50 cents per serving, or an average of $183 per year.

Quick Tip: Looking for a quick, balanced, on-the-go healthy snack? Try some homemade trail mix made with whole-grain cereal + nuts/seeds + dried fruit.

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Snack tip #2

Do you get your weekdays started with a sugary coffee drink or smoothie? Ditch the sugar and save around $4 a day, which will add up to around $1,040 a year.

Quick Tip: Most people think smoothies are the healthier option, but that is not always the case. Some smoothies can be loaded down with a large amount of sugar. Replace your smoothie with some fresh fruit and low-fat yogurt for a delicious and money-saving snack.

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Snack tip #3

Swap salty chips or "cheese-flavored" snacks with equally crunchy, but healthier popcorn! This healthy switch can save at least 20 cents per serving, which is $73 per year.

Quick Tip: Put about 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels into a brown paper lunch bag, fold the top, and microwave—not only will you save money, but you'll love that it tastes great and is good for you. Plus, an ounce of popcorn provides at least twice as much volume as an ounce of chips, so you’ll feel more full and satisfied.

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Snack tip #4

Swap that sugary cereal bar for a banana and save around 20 cents per serving, which is $73 per year.

Quick Tip: Many cereal bars and granola bars are loaded with sugars—some with as much as a candy bar. Bananas, on the other hand, are packed with fiber and potassium.

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Snack tip #5

Replacing one vending machine sugary drink a day with water will save your family around $365 a year.

Quick Tip: Wake up your water by adding slices of citrus fruits, berries or herbs.