I was purchasing individually packaged fruit cups, pudding cups, and mini meals for my daughter’s school lunches. I got sick over how much this was costing me and finally decided to do something about it. I began creating my own serving sizes, which ended up saving me a bundle.
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I noticed I would put my youngest daughter on the bus at 8:30 am. Then I would get my oldest daughter started on her school work. In between assignments, I got the laundry going, dishes washed, beds made, etc. Around 11:00 am, my daughter would almost be finished with her school work, and we would head to the grocery store. She could finish up the last subject in the car.
Avoid individually packaged, single-serving foods. From tiny bags of chips to miniscule boxes containing a teaspoon of raisins, snacks that are packaged in individual single-serving containers tend to cost much more per serving than the same foods bought in bulk. Invest in special reusable containers and a nice thermos your child will enjoy using, and package your own school lunch snacks. Show your child the advantages by counting the number of servings in one of the popular prepackaged cracker snacks (generally four crackers, four tiny slices of cheese, and four half-dollar sized slices of turkey), and point out the price. Now buy a big box of generic crackers, a package of sliced cheese, and a package of lunch meat or vegetarian deli slices so your child can witness with their own eyes how much more food you get for the money and how fun it can be to make your own lunches. You can even use small metal cookie cutters to cut the cheese and other toppings into circles or other shapes.