Schools all across the country have gone back to school, or will be soon, which only means one thing… Lots of moms and dads are packing lunches every day for their students to take to school. Here are 5 tips to help you save money on those daily lunches.
While buying the individual sized bags of chips, cookies, and crackers may save you time in the morning, you’ll save money making your own. Earn that morning time back by breaking up your snack into individual bags at the beginning of the week rather than each individual day.
Sometimes it does make sense to buy the individual sized items but buy in bulk. This is especially helpful for items that go stale quickly when the bag is open. Look for good deals on bulk items at Sam’s Club, Costco, and Amazon.com
Rather than buying pre-cut apples, carrots, or broccoli, buy the whole piece of produce. Sprinkle a little lemon juice on apples and other items that oxidize after cutting to slow down the browning process.
Rather than spending money on paper lunch bags and plastic sandwich bags, buy a nice lunchbox and reusable sandwich bags. Not only will you save money over the long haul, there are lots of nice designs to fit your kids’ personality.
Leftovers aren’t just for the grown-ups. Many schools have microwaves and some leftovers even taste good cold. Repurpose meatloaf into taco meat or serve between bread for a sandwich. Cut up leftover chicken and serve with a salad or over rice.
What are your favorite tips to save money on your student’s lunch?
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