Sarah has some fantastic ideas for simple, healthful and inexpensive lunches for your kiddos…
Packing a lunch can get costly, but by using a few great shopping methods you can easily pack a healthy lunch without breaking the bank. Here are a few easy money saving principles to keep in mind while choosing this week’s menu:
- Buy whatever fruits and vegetables are in season and plan around those.
- Match coupons to the sale ads to get the best deals and to bring out your creativity.
- Homemade is often cheaper than prepackaged convenience foods especially when you’re using coupons. See how cheap DIY oatmeal packets are compared to store bought packages here!
- Stock up when an item you use is on sale to get it at its lowest price which will give you plenty of money saving choices for weeks to come.
For less than $1 per day, your child can have a healthy, budget friendly lunch. Check out this sample lunch plan…
- Hard-boiled eggs (2) $.20
- Homemade mini muffins (2) $.08 (These are great to make and freeze for use later.)
- Apple or orange $.25 (Aldi – $.25/each)
- Juice Box $.15
- Total $0.68
- Sliced Cheese (or Tofutti) $.10
- Whole Wheat Crackers $.10
- Veggies w/ ranch $.20
- Milk in a thermos $.10
- Total $0.50
- Peanut butter and jelly (Of course, in our family we use SunButter) $.25
- Yogurt (dairy or soy) $.40
- Granola $.20
- Water in a sports bottle $.00
- Total $0.85
- Leftovers (mac ‘n cheese or spaghetti in a thermos) $.25
- Raisin Bread w/ cream cheese (or Tofutti) $.25
- Grapes $.15 (Use the great $1/1 Target produce coupon)
- Capri Sun $.10
- Total $0.75
- Cheese stick wrapped in lunch meat $.30
- Apple slices w/peanut butter $.30
- Juice in a sports cup $.10
- Total $0.70
Using ads and sales to get creative when packing a lunch can not only save money but also make your child happy too. Enjoy!
And, of course, don’t forget about the $5 Dinners’ 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas!
Sarah Roe is the author of The Power of Coupons: 13 Ways to Save and can be found on MoneySavingQueen.com.