Cheap Snacks

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Cheap Snacks 

Is snacking for millionaires only?

Okay. So you’re in for the night, on the couch binge watching in front of the big screen. To watch something online. Or play a video game. Either way, you need snacks and drinks. Because Americans have the god-given right to munch and guzzle while they isolate. But have you seen snack prices lately? Good golly, Miss Molly!

An 8 ounce bag of Doritos Ranch corn chips. $4.49 

A bag of Cheetos. $5.29.

Lay’s Potato Chips. $6.00

32 ounce bag of BOOM Chicka POP. $6.99

A 12 ounce bag of Poppycock. $7.50

10 ounce container of Smokehouse Almonds. $8.00

And to drink?

Quart of Mountain Dew. $5.99.

Quart of Diet Coke. $5.99.

Six pack of Dr. Pepper. $7.89

Dude, where’s my money for snacks?

It’s bad, people. But nobody’s saying you have to resort to ants on a log or (shudder!) apple slices. Not yet. We’re not that desperate yet. All you need to do is start thinking cheap. Thinking Dollar Store. Thinking Shasta. Forget Dr. Pepper. You can drink Dr. Shasta. Try some of their other knockoff flavors, too. Like California Dreamin’, Mountain Rush, or Tiki Punch. Yes, there is that awful chemical aftertaste. But all you need do is put a few drops of lemon juice in the can or bottle, and the aftertaste disappears. And you can get a six-pack of any kind of Shasta for $1.99. Think about it.

Cheap snacks can take some preparation time. For instance, Take a can of garbanzo beans. Rinse them off. Dry them with a paper towel. Spread on a cookie sheet. Spray with Pam. sprinkle with seasoning salt (cayenne pepper optional.) Then roast in the oven for 20 minutes at 350. You have an excellent crunchy, salty substitute for Lays or Doritos. Or just buy Pringles. They’re always half the price.

Love snacking on nuts? Switch from expensive cashews or almonds. Or even Mr. Peanut. To a jar of shelled sunflower seeds. At the store this week a small canister of salted mixed nuts went for over seven dollars. The same amount of salted shelled sunflower seeds cost a dollar ninety-four.

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