It is almost time to send kids back to school! That means there will be lots to do before that first bell rings. Saving money on school lunches is at the top of most parents’ lists for back-to-school and it isn’t that hard to do. You can save money with your kids’ lunches with these very simple steps and tips.
Buy the right equipment
If you want to send your kids to school with a homemade lunch, buy the right equipment to pack it all in. When you don’t have the right lunchbox, thermos, and other containers, you will end up wasting food because it will spoil before your child can actually eat it.
It’s a well-known fact that meal planning can help you lose weight, but did you know that it can also save you money? If you plan out your meals, including snacks and drinks, you can cut your grocery bill by as much as 20 percent in one month, and that includes your kids’ lunches. Plan it all out before grocery shopping. This will also save you time on making lunches in the morning.
Make it at home
No- not just the lunch, but the actual food. You’ll pay a lot of money for those single-serve, convenience lunches at the store. How about saving cash and making your own? Cut up the cheeses, meats, veggies, and fruit and place them in small containers. Make a whole batch of Jell-o and save it in small cups with lids, instead of buying the single-serves.
Shop the sales and use coupons
Just like with any other food-buying trip, you will need to shop sales and use coupons to save the most money, but this time of year that is really easy to do! Kids are gearing up for school- and so are the stores by offering sales and steals on all back-to-school items, and that includes food!
Buy in Bulk
If you like those juice pouches for your kids, buy them in large packages. You know you will need them! This may cost money up front, but overall it will save you a bundle throughout the school year. Just don’t so this with foods that have a short shelf-life unless you know for certain you will use them quickly. If not, they could go bad before you use them, which costs you money in the end.
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