After a long day at school kids tend to get very hungry. The hours between the end of school and dinnertime are usually filled with frantic snacking and the persistent “what’s for dinner?” Kids are not likely to spend time putting together a healthy snack, and most often want to go for what’s most convenient and fast. Most of those quick options end up being bags of chips or cookies, which are not great choices. I have put together a few of my favorite after-school snacks that are easy enough to be thrown together quickly (whether you do it for them, or you teach them how to make it) and are filled with nutrition to get them through their homework before dinner-time.
Peanut Butter Banana “Sushi”
This is so simple, it won’t take you longer than a couple minutes to spread peanut butter on a banana, roll it in Rice Krispie cereal, and slice! Here is a great post that has some visuals.
Ants on a Log
If Ants on a Log don’t scream after-school snack, I don’t know what does. The standard peanut butter and raisin variety was always my favorite, until I discovered all of these other variations of the classic snack. It doesn’t get much cuter than “Ladybugs on a Log!”
Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
This is probably the easiest one yet! Skewer some grapes, strawberries and kiwi along with a few cubes of your favorite cheese!
Another cute finger-food to add to the list with protein-packed peanut butter! Check out the simple recipe here.
This isn’t just your standard strawberry banana smoothie, it’s made with both almond milk and almonds to add some protein into the already fiber and vitamin-filled smoothie.
It doesn’t have to take much time to put together something healthy to tide your kids over until dinner is done. After a long day of classes they’re in need of an energy boost, and these simple recipes all provide that for them.
Let us know what your kids’ favorite after-school snacks are in the comments!
Summer has almost come to an end, meaning School is about to begin! Do you have visions of pencils and folders floating in your head? Does the school-supply section give you anxiety when you pass it in the grocery store? Do the outrageous price-tags on backpacks keep you up at night?
If so, you have come to the right place. Do not worry, I have compiled a list of different ways you can score big on school supplies this year so you can have some peace-of-mind during your school shopping.
See What You Already Have
Lots of school supplies can be re-used. Resist the temptation to buy the brand new sparkly pink scissors if your daughter already has a pair from last year. Instead of buying a bunch of new mechanical pencils, just stock up on some led and re-use the ones you already have. Rulers, pencil cases and backpacks can all be re-used if they’re still in good condition.
Shop At The Dollar Store
Dollar Stores have a wide variety of school supplies and organizational tools for a much better price than the typical store. You can stock up on dollar pencil cases that may normally be $5 elsewhere!
Head To A Garage Sale
This time of year there are lots of garage sales each weekend. Stop by a few of them and see if you can grab some gently-used supplies. Lots of times they will even have brand new items!
Coupon, Coupon, Coupon!
This time of year there are loads of great coupons out there for school supplies. Before heading out for your shopping trip check our coupon section for the best deals on school supplies. That way you’ll head to the store feeling prepared and ready to snag the best prices!
I am not a driver. Even a destination that can be reached in 5 or 6 hours of driving is usually reached by plane if I can help it. Of course, airline tickets can be expensive and in some cases it is smarter and easier on your wallet if you simply drive. In the cases when driving is not possible, or you just can’t stand the thought of sitting in the car with screaming kids for hours on end, go ahead and book those airline tickets! But keep in mind that you don’t always have to pay an outrageous amount. Here are a few do’s and don’ts I’ve found helpful for keeping flying affordable.
1. DO: Book your flight early
For in-country flights prices usually skyrocket within 2 weeks from the departure date. International flights usually see increases from about 3 months prior, so be sure to book as early as you can to avoid a price increase.
2. Don’t: Book your flight too early
Yes, I’m contradicting myself here. While it is important to stay out of that last 2 weeks or few months for international travel, the prices on tickets fluctuate so much that prices may drop if you wait a bit. This unpredictable waiting game was the worst until I discovered Hopper. It’s an app that sends you notifications for price fluctuations. It also lets you know if it expects prices to drop lower in the future! There may be other programs out there that do the same type of thing, look around and try them out!
3. Do: Shop around
Just because one site has a great price doesn’t mean another can’t beat it! Make sure you check multiple sites and airlines before committing.
4. Don’t: Rule out other airports
Simply flying into Orange County vs LAX could save you quite a bit of money, you just may have to drive a little further to your hotel. But if the price is right, you could still end up saving!
5. Do: Limit checked bags
This varies between airlines, but most airlines will allow each person one carry-on and one personal item (a laptop or small bag). Try to pack all of your necessities into the carry-on’s and avoid paying for checked bags. If you do need to take items that need to be checked, try to keep them to a minimum so that you’ll only have to check one bag. If you end up getting on a flight that is full often times they will allow you to gate-check your carry-on bags for free to clear up overhead space. Take advantage of this!
Please leave me a comment about what tips you have for flying on the cheap!