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We all get that urge to snack from time to time. Whether you're taking a 'break' from your diet or are just tempted by the occasional sweet, you might as well plan ahead to save money while you snack (then at least you'll only have one thing to feel guilty about).

By buying snacks at a discount store (instead of a vending machine or convenience store), you can cut your costs down by 50%-75%. Dropping 75 cents into the vending machine doesn't seem like a big expense, but the 50 cents you may be wasting each day adds up to hundreds of dollars by the end of the year. Plus, it's really easy to save without having to give anything up.

The key is to plan ahead. Think about where you are most likely to need snacks and leave yourself some options for when the craving hits. You'll know best when you and your family are likely to get the munchies, but here are couple of common culprits:
  • The office: Keep trail mix, drinks and other snacks in your desk for that afternoon lull. Chip in with colleagues to buy a bulk back to keep in the office to share.
  • The car: Stash extra water bottles and granola bars in the car for those excruciating moments in traffic (try keeping them in an insulated container if you are worried about heat/cold). If you've got kids, this is a particularly good place to keep some extra snacks on hand (after all, how many times have the little buggers talked you into a quick stop at the closest fast food joint just to calm them down from a hunger attack!).
Not only will this save you money on the cost of snacks, it can also lower your grocery bill (remember that age old advice: "don't shop when you're hungry!"). The savings can really add up when the whole family is involved.

So what are good options for stocking up? Local warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam's Club offer good everyday value on bulk snacks. You'll do a little better with periodic sales at your grocery store.

For something delivered free to your doorstep, check out the latest Grocery Coupons & Special Offers on Amazon.com. Always check the cost per bag (divide total cost by the number of bags) to make sure it's a good deal.

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posted by will_v (Contributor | 1010 Points) on 03-04-2010 02:50 PM
Avoid too much snacking
Eating lots of snacks can get expensive and it's also somewhat unnecessary. Many times we mistake thirst for hunger. Try water or other simple, non-caloric drinks when you think you want a snack and see if that quells the hunger pangs.
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