Did you miss me? Internet problems. I'll tell you it about some day...but not today. Today is Works for Me Wednesday!!
I was spending about $40 a week on snacks. Now these were healthy snacks, fruit, cheddar bunnies, yogurt. But the older children would begin eating the snacks immediately and within just a few days the snacks would be gone and the younger children hadn't had a cheddar bunny. (And we have scheduled snack times.) Or I would go to get an apple and they would all be gone and I hadn't even had ONE. So spending that much money on snacks, and they didn't even last the whole week, was getting old FAST.
Kati and Kori are always hungry and if I serve something they like they will eat until it's all gone. So I knew stopping snacks was not going to help with that any. I had to figure out another solution that would work. I also knew if there was food, they would eat, even if they weren't hungry or were mostly full.
So I gave everyone a snack budget of under $3. They could pick whatever they wanted as long as it was under $3. If it lasted a week, that was great for them. If it didn't, then they just didn't have snacks for the week.
Suddenly, Kati and Kori had snacks that lasted them for two weeks. Somehow their hunger was lessened somewhat when they realized that what they had was all they had.
I still buy fruit and yogurt and snacks for the little ones. NOW we can actually have the fruit I buy for desserts....and occasionally I'll tell Kati and Kori they can have one of "my" snacks for theirs. I still only buy healthy snacks, but they are picking things like peanuts, bagels and corn chips.
So this is working for us. I've reduced my snack budget by half and it's going twice as far. AND THE BABIES still get snacks.
What do you do? Maybe you have a neat solution? Money saving solution? Sanity saving solution? Please share!