10 Party Food Ideas on a Budget

Homemade Chips and Crackers

Instead of dropping big bucks on bags of chips and boxes of flavored crackers, take a trip to the discount bakery store and turn stale flour tortillas and pita rounds into fantastic -- and budget friendly -- gourmet chips and crackers.

To make your own tortilla chips, cut round corn or flour tortillas into triangles. Coat them with olive oil or cooking spray and seasonings, then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes until lightly browned. For tasty, toasty crackers, split day-old mini pita rounds into top and bottom halves, then season and bake as you would with the tortilla chips. Once these homemade snacks are cool, you can store them for several days in plastic bags -- perfect to make ahead for your party!

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