It’s exactly one week until my kids start the school year. We have all of our school shopping done and now it’s just a matter of getting back into the routine of the school year. It’s usually quite difficult (for all of us) to go from a lazy summer to the requirements of daily school. With five kids, back-to-school time can get expensive. Over the summer I calculated how much it would cost for all five kids to eat hot lunch everyday at school. Hot lunch is $2.75, so take that times five kids and it costs us almost $14 a day for lunch and that means $70/week and $275/month.
$275 a month might seem low or expensive to you based on where you are at, but I know that I can make healthier and cheaper lunches for my kids. Making five lunches daily can get exhausting, but the health benefits for my kids and the fact that I will be saving money is worth it.
Top 5 Cost-Effective Lunch Box Solutions
- Buy in bulk Some smaller families might not think buying in bulk is worth it, but it is, especially for the school year. In my favorite local bulk store I can buy items that smaller families can still take advantage of like milk, eggs, juice, pasta sauce, bread, snacks, and food for lunch boxes.
- Make your own single-serve portions The single-serve packaging is convenient, but isn’t always cost-effective and it produces more waste.
- Buy Reusable Snack Bags These snack bags and sandwich wraps will last for many years, save you from spending money on plastic baggies, and are much more eco-friendly. We have had our reusable snack bags for two years and they are still in great condition, plus they are cute!
- Only pack what your kids will eat It might be tempting to put jicama or purple cauliflower in your child’s lunch box, but will they even eat those or will they go to waste? If your child will only eat carrots, then pack carrots in their lunch box. Work on introducing new healthy foods at home.
- Make homemade. I am always sure to make some things homemade. Make this Herbed Fresh Ricotta Dip for veggies or Maple Walnut Granola for yogurt.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.