Here are 5 great tips to help you load the lunchbox and save money at the same time.
1. Buy Ahead
When you are shopping, keep an eye out for items your kids LOVE to go on sale. Maybe it’s Teddy Grahams or Goldfish or fruit snacks or even raisins. Most foods follow a 10-12 week sale cycle. The goal is to purchase items at their lowest cost, paired with a coupon. Then, buy enough to last you until the next sale comes around (about 10 – 12 weeks worth).
Not only will you will save on the items your kids love, you’ll stay stocked up on lunchbox items.
Ever made your own snack packs? It’s easy and cheap! Start by pulling out a few snacks that your kids love, like pretzels, a favorite cereal and dried fruit. Mix the snacks together in an airtight container and you’ve got a great lunch addition! Even better, go ahead and prepare a week or two worth in advance in zip lock baggies.
3. Make you Own Bread
Try making your own bread. There are simple recipes that don’t require much in terms of either time or ingredients. Doing this will help you save money, and stock up at the same time. It can also be a healthier alternative to store bought bread. I recently started making a 5 ingredient homemade bread for my family that is super simple to make.
4. Fill your Freezer
There are plenty of perishable items out there that freeze great and work well in a lunchbox. You can freeze bread, lunch meat, potato chips, cheese and several kinds of fruit among other things. So, if you find a great deal, stock up and fill your freezer. A great timesaving tip is to make the whole week’s worth of sandwiches on Sunday and freeze them all! Read more about “freezer cooking for school lunches“.
5. Fresh is Best!
Buying produce in season always helps to cut costs. This is a great way to add a healthy boost to your average lunch while still offering variety since your options will change with the calendar.
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