With school starting our minds turn to packing lunches for our always hungry children. My daughter is 8 and gets a snack break once a day. This means I have to pack an additional snack with her lunch each day. I am always looking for ways to save money on lunches but do not want to spend too much extra time doing it. Why, you ask because for me TIME and MONEY are things I am always trying to save. I have created a list of ten ways to save money without adding a lot of time to an already busy schedule.
1) Send a Refillable water bottle with water instead of juice drinks. They really don’t need the extra calories or sugar anyways.
2) Don’t buy individual packages of chips,pretzels, cookies or crackers. Instead buy the regular size and break them up into reusable baggies or containers. This is also good if they don’t eat them all they can close it up and save it for later.
3) Send leftovers from dinner the night before. If your child doesn’t have access to a microwave, you can use a thermos to keep it warm. Remember to send utensils with your child so they can eat it.
4) Send fresh fruit or vegetables. Most of us already have these in the fridge. If you catch a good deal on in-season fruit, wash it and then freeze it in containers. Then you just have to pull and go.Continue reading