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12 Deliciously Cheap Snack Ideas

Find the best and most delicious cheap snack ideas for large groups or small.

By: Scott Ursalo, Editor, CheapThriftyLiving.com
Updated November 05, 2018
12 Deliciously Cheap Snack Ideas

You've got friends and family coming over this weekend, but your funds are low. It's not easy trying to come up with ways to entertain guests when the wallet is running light. We've all been there, and at CheapThriftyLiving, we know how difficult it is to give your guests the world when you can't even give yourself the world. 

In this collection of 12 Deliciously Cheap Snack Ideas, we've put together a sizable list of thrifty snacks that won't cost you too much. The recipe ideas we've included are snacks that require only a handful of ingredients, and they're ones that are easily accessible at all of your favorite grocery stores. 

Whether you're making snacks for a quiet night in or for a family get-together, you won't sweat the small stuff with these cheap snack ideas. 

1. Slow Cooker Pizza Pull-Apart Bread Recipe

This deliciously cheap snack idea is everything you love about pizza in one fun-to-enjoy recipe. It's playful, easy, and stupid good. Make this for a quiet evening in, or share it with the gang on game day. Either way, this Slow Cooker Pizza pull-Apart Bread Recipe will please any palate. 

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Slow Cooker Pizza Pull-Apart Bread Recipe

2. Avocado Hummus Recipe

Making your own hummus is one of the cheapest and easiest snacks to whip up. Many people don't often realize it, but it's simple and creates a larger quantity at a cheaper cost. Plus, hummus is one of the healthier snack options you can make when you're looking for something to munch on, as it's low in fat and packed with nutrients. 

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Avocado Hummus Recipe

3. World's Easiest Slow Cooker Party Meatballs

Meatballs rank among our favorite of snacks in that they're fun to eat, rich in protein, and versatile. With just a change in the sauce, you can conjure new flavor profiles that keep this snack idea fresh and new. The best part is, you can make these party meatballs with only a handful of ingredients. Just toss them in the slow cooker, and you're good to go!

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World's Easiest Slow Cooker Party Meatballs

4. Bacon Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks

Skip the freezer aisle and make these far superior (and addicting) Bacon Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks! This fun snack is the perfect treat for cheat day, and it's one your family and friends will most definitely fight over. 

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Bacon Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks

5. Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

What's better than a heaping helping of your favorite brand of potato chips? The answer is easy. It's potato chips dipped in chocolate, of course!

This stupidly easy slow cooker recipe pairs sweet and savory so well, you'll be wondering why you didn't think of this genius idea sooner. 

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Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

6. Homemade Guacamole

Guacamole is always so satisfying. Whether it's the middle of summer or the dead of winter, we love streaming our favorite shows and munching on some chips and guac. With just a couple of ingredients, you can make this snack time classic at home.

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Homemade Guacamole

7. Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese Bites

Walk down any grocery store frozen food aisle, and you'll be astounded by the price of jalapeno poppers. It seems that the rest of the world has caught on to how delicious poppers are, and they're paying a premium for this delectable little snack. 

The good news is, with this stupidly easy recipe, you'll be able to make this beloved snack at home and for a much lower cost. 

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Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese Bites

8. Cauliflower Hot Wings Recipe

This distant cousin to chicken hot wings is just as delicious as its meaty cousin. It's the perfect plant-based alternative for when you're not in the mood for chicken. Even better, it's just as flavorful and also cheaper to make!

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Cauliflower Hot Wings Recipe

9. Perfect Puppy Chow

If you've never had puppy chow before, prepare for an addicting treat! This cheap and easy snack is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Just make sure to have some napkins with you, as it can be messy. 

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Perfect Puppy Chow

10. Snack-Worthy Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

This wonderful little snack idea is healthy, delicious, and made from some of the cheapest ingredients around. With just cauliflower, parmesan, bread crumbs, and eggs, you can make an addicting dish that everyone will fight over. 

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Snack-Worthy Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

11. Crescent Rolls Pizza Pockets

Don't want to use your slow cooker? These pizza pockets take the wonderful flavor of pizza and make it a bite-sized experience to share with family and friends. You'll relish in this delightfully simple snack idea. 

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Crescent Rolls Pizza Pockets

12. Apple Kielbasa Bites

This unexpected snack idea is both sweet and savory, giving your taste buds the best of both worlds. It's also the absolute perfect snack idea for game days. It's cheap, easy, and undeniably delicious. 

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Apple Kielbasa Bites

What are some of your go-to snack ideas? Tell us in the comments below!

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