Back-to-School Lunch Budgeting Tips & Tricks

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It’s time to start packing those lunches again. I actually don’t mind packing lunches now that I have perfected my budgeting tips and tricks for lunch time. It can get expensive packing lunches for the kids if you’re not careful. Here are some lunch budgeting tips and tricks every household needs to know about.

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Plan those school lunches

It may be tempting to throw everything together last minute, but I have found that when I plan school lunches it works out a lot better. I don’t go crazy prepping, but I do like to have an idea of what I will be packing that day. There is nothing worse than it being the night before and you realize there is no food in the house.

Don’t buy expensive stuff

You’re packing lunches, not a gourmet meal. Keep in mind that you packing lunches for kids, you don’t need to spend a ton of money. I think it is so tempting to try and keep up with fads and buy your kids the expensive stuff but you don’t have to do that. Fruits and veggies are pretty inexpensive.

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Get creative

I think one of the best parts about lunches is that you can get creative. Whatever your budget may be for that week, you can pack lunches around that. Maybe your budget only calls for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, that is okay! Don’t be shy about getting creative with lunches, especially when on a budget.

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Back to School Budgeting Tips

What tips can you offer those who are trying to budget their lunches?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Save-A-Lot. The opinions and text are all mine.

9 responses to “Back-to-School Lunch Budgeting Tips & Tricks”

  1. I usually just pack a sandwich with cheese and crackers and fresh fruit. From time to time I let him decide what he gets for lunch.

  2. Luckily my 10 yr old is packing his own lunch now.
    We use the easylunchbox kits. His favorite lunch is a ham and cheese sandwich and guacamole and chips.

  3. I like the ideas of fitting the kids lunches into your budget without breaking your budget. Its hard to think outside of that prepackaged kid lunch items and to items that work for the kids.

  4. You are right that it doesn’t have to be gourmet! We make homemade “lunchables”. My daughter doesn’t care for the meat in the regular ones, so they’re a waste of money, even at $1 each. I sometimes use a small cookie cutter to give her cute shapes in her cheese and meat too. I use the leftover scraps in a salad for lunch.

  5. My favorite idea/tip is to not break the bank on school lunches. You can buy items in bulk like snacks or yogurts and for the other items, rely on coupons and store sales.

  6. My favorite back to school lunch idea is ants on a log; celery, peanut butter, and raisins!