One daily expense that may add up quickly in the monthly budget is the cost of school lunches. Buying lunch at the cafeteria on a daily basis can be expensive, and you’re bound to spend more the more children you have. As you may already know, packing your child’s lunches can save you a significant amount of money. Here are some other ways to save even more on lunches prepared from home:
1) Stock up on reusable containers.
Invest in reusable containers and in quality lunch boxes or bags instead of spending money on disposable containers and plastic bags. You’ll save a whole lot of money in the long run.
2) Use reusable bottles.
Spend a little to purchase quality reusable water bottles for beverages, too. They’ll come in handy for water, juice, milk, or whatever it is your children want to drink at school.
3) Purchase goods on sale.
Check your local grocery store for sales on cookies, crackers, juice, and other lunch box staples. If prices are low on your child’s favorite snacks, then stock up on them for days that you’re running low on supplies at home.
4) Save on condiments.
Save the extra napkins and packets of mustard and catsup from fast food restaurants and use them for your packed lunches. It may not seem like a big deal, but in the long run, you’ll save quite a bit on these little extras.
5) Stay away from single servings.
Juice boxes and individual bags of chips may seem extremely convenient, and there’s nothing wrong with buying them occasionally. However, if you’re on a tight budget, it may be hard to ignore the difference in costs between the single-serve items and the larger ones.
6) Pre-package your snack items.
Buy your cookies and chips in bulk and ask your kids to help repackage them in individual containers or bags at home over the weekend. Store them in a basket on the kitchen counter and you’re ready for the school week ahead.
7) Make your own goodies.
If you’ve got some idle time over the weekend, make large batches of gelatin or pudding, place them in individual containers, refrigerate them, and pack some on days you’re almost out of food items. You can also try baking goodies such as brownies or cookies instead of buying them at the store.
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