Frugal School Lunches

Now that the kids are back in school, coming up with lunches that the kids will eat and are affordable for us can be a real challenge. I have come up with a few hints that you may find helpful. This is by no means a complete list, but it will get you started. If you have a tip to add, email it to me and I’ll add it on for you.

• make up a big batch of instant puddings or Jello and put them in individual containers. You’ll save a bundle on the prepacked ones and you’ll be eco-friendly at the same time!

• send chips or cookies in a baggie for snacks rather than individually wrapped packages.

•Cook a roast or a chicken for dinner and use the leftovers for sandwiches.

•Bake your own goodies. Try some banana or zuchini bread. Again, it will be healthier, cheaper and eco-friendly.

• a healthy alternative for snacks as well as being inexpensive are fresh veggies with dip. A few carrots, celery, green or red peppers, depending on your child’s tastes and what is in season, is always a hit in my house.

• buy yogurt in the large containers rather than the single servings. Put it in a container and you have a healthy and inexpensive snack.

• use up your leftovers. My daughter loves to have warmed over dinner in her lunch.

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