Thrifty Tip Tuesday: Coffee Filter Snack Holders


This thrifty tip was shared by fistfulofcoupons reader, Shelly! She said, “My current favorite frugal tip is to use coffee filters for the endless snacks my kids eat, instead of plates. They are cheap, and easy to dispose of.”

I picked up a package of 200 coffee filters for around $1 at the beginning of the summer. They have been so nice on the days where I am busy and dont want to do the dishes (pretty much everyday). That one package has lasted so very long..and I am not even half-way through it. The waste is less than paper plates too.  My daughter likes to think of them like little white flowers she has her snacks in..

Some of the things I put in them are:
Raisins, marshmallows, fishy-crackers, granola, fruit slices, dried fruit, sandwiches, carrots + veggies, chocolate chips, graham crackers, home-made soup (just kidding), chips, popcorn, grapes, + more.

Have you tried using the coffee filters as snacks? What do you put in them?7 Comments

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  1. PreachersWife says:

    Wow…that is an awesome tip…thank you for sharing! I have the biggest package of these coffee filters and didn’t know what to do with them all!

  2. Homemade soups!! That was good – thanks for the laugh :)

  3. Great tip! My 3 year old is always snacking and I get tired of washing his little plastic plates & bowls. We’re also going on a roadtrip this week so these may be great for snacks in the car without creating dirty dishes to wash on the road.

  4. Believe it or not…coffee filters are great for adults too! We use them at our office for the very same thing – snacks.

  5. I bought some of those red/white paper hot dog trays at Costco for a similar purpose…now I need to add some coffee filters. The trays work great for heavier foods – even mac-n cheese… Best part is that they must somehow they make the food taste better because they eat a lot more lunch when I use them.

  6. We use coffee filters to catch popsicle drips. Poke a small hole in the bottom and insert the stick. The filter will catch the drips before they reach our hands.

  7. TeacherL says:

    just tried it tonight…great!

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