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Snacking On a Budget

January 3rd, 2013 Personal Finance

We all enjoy a good snack every now and then - sometimes it's the perfect pick-me-up in the no-man's land in between lunch and dinner. Other times it's just what you need when watching a great movie at home. Whatever the case, if you love a good snack, you may be wondering how you can cut down on your budget without sacrificing flavor. Luckily, Money Crashers has got you covered. Here are a few ways you can enjoy healthy and delicious snacks without breaking the bank.

Perhaps one of the tastiest and easiest snack foods out there is the perfect combination of whole wheat crackers and peanut butter. It's perfect! The crackers are high in fiber, so you'll feel full, and the peanut butter is chock full of protein, which can give you the energy needed to make it until dinner. If you'd like to ramp up the sweetness, try adding a drizzle of honey or small slices of fruit.

Looking for something a little more savory? How about a small bowl of hummus and vegetables to dip in it? Chick peas are one of the oldest farmed foods in the world and filled with good stuff. They've got protein, fiber and folic acid, just to name a few. Raw vegetables make the perfect pairing - slice up some celery or broccoli and you're good to go!

If you'd simply like to cut back on your snacking, Curve Luscious recommends bagging your own 100-calorie portions. Take a few minutes to figure out how much you can eat and make all of your bags for the week ahead of time. This will ensure that you don't eat too much and can help you save money as well.