Keep Easy Snacks in the Car with a “Snack Bucket”

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The following Best Savings Tip comes from reader, Carrie:

We keep what we refer to as the “Snack Bucket” in our car. It's an old Bright Builder bucket that's sort of square, really sturdy, and has a handle and a lid. It used to fit under the seats in our van and now fits under the captains chairs in our Suburban.  I keep it stocked with individually packaged snacks or ones that I package myself. I try to keep them as healthy as possible – nuts, granola bars, dried fruit, crackers, etc.

When things take longer than expected (as they often do) I always have something to feed my children without having to spend money at a drive thru. I save money by buying ahead with coupons or in bulk and they get healthier food. I also don't worry if something is taking longer or we have something unexpected come up as I know I always have my Snack Bucket for back up.

This is SO smart! I cannot count the number of times we have been in and out of the car all day and was forced to stop for a snack. I love this and will be implementing this for our family!

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  1. Veronica S. on July 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing. You may want to keep some snacks in there for you as well! One healthy snack that I keep with me are Wasa Crispbread. They are a low carb alternative to snacking on crackers. They keep really well so they’d be a great non-perishable item to add to your “bucket.” I work with the Wasa social media team. You can check out some healthy snack ideas on their website:

  2. mary on July 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    This is a great thing, we have done for years. Just remember cars in the summer may get up to 100+ degrees. Most foods can not stay in there but a few days this time of year. You may even find some packaging will open, yes glues do not stay for extended time at 100+. (Learned this the hard way.

  3. Sarah on August 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for the idea! It actually gave me the idea to take it a step further and make a “toddler emergency kit” for our car. My daughter is 2 1/2 so we don’t take her diaper bag with us everywhere we go anymore, so I put together a container with snacks, capri sun pouches, a couple of diapers and wipes, a change of clothes, hand sanitizer, and a couple of bibsters. I’m sure I will think of more stuff to put in later!

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