By now, many of your kids are back in schools and the rushing back and forth to practices and other after school activities has begun. A few weeks ago, I poste about saving money on lunches. So many readers chimed in with great money saving tips! Here’s a few:
I use cookie cutters to cut out the sandwhich. I like to find fun things like hearts for Valentine’s Day, bells for Christmas, leaves for Fall…etc. It takes away the crust and also is a nice surprise when they have lunch! It gives it that extra “mommy” touch!
I guess my best money saving tip would be making large batches of cookies and freezing them and taking out a few everyday for lunches. It really saves money and the kids adore a little homemade with their day:)
instead of juice boxes, we use a reusable thermos. Also – we use cute reusable sandwhich and snack bags – bought off Etsy.
Involve your kids in choosing and making their lunches! That way you know you are packing something they like and will eat, and they may brag at school the next day about making their own lunches!
When it comes to lunches get my son to help in packing his lunch so he is more willing to eat it since he invested the time to help prepare it!!! And to make it fun — roll ups, shapes, surprises etc…
Did you receive your Back to School calendar from Nestlé yet? I did and it has some great money saving coupons in it. While my favorite after school snacks are fruits and vegetables, sometimes
What about snack time? What time saving strategies do you use for healthy snacks?
In our household, I buy fresh produce seasonally and snack it on it throughout the day. I learned from my own mom when I was younger that if she cut up the fruit/veggies and it was right in front of us, we would eat it. Otherwise, no one is going to take the effort to clean/cut/find it! I’m always amazed at how quickly a couple of pounds of grapes are gone when I clean them, take off the stems, and put in a bowl on the kitchen table.
Make some lists of ideas with your kids for lunch and snacks and everyone will be happier – your wallet included!
There are some days when snack time may also be early dinner time. I would love to be able to say I cook from scratch all the time and have a freezer full of meals. I don’t as cooking isn’t necessarily my thang.
So on those days when we need a hot, quick, tasty snack or meal, Hot Pockets or Lean Pockets are a great addition to the line up. My family just discovered the Taco variety of Hot Pockets. Though, the kids are partially to the pepperoni Calzones. Basically, though, if there is a variety you are looking for, you will find it in Hot Pockets.
I stock up on freezer snacks/dinners when they are on sale and I pair a coupon with the sale price to get even deeper discounts! Learn how to maximize your coupon savings in the “15 Days of Couponing” series.
I recently stocked up on Hot Pockets for just $1.20 for a 2 pack, which works out to just $0.60/serving!
I’m loving this tip from Tracey:
My tip: Buy tons of the snacks that your kids eat for lunches. Do this at least 2 weeks before school starts and HIDE THEM. It’ll be one less stress for you during those first 2 weeks of school.
Ha! But where do you hide them? My little ones always seem to find them!
How do we as parents balance snack/dinner convenience while still saving money? Any tips? Share them below as I would love to hear your tips!
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