With Oklahoma City Schools Starting just next week, August 1st, many of you stay at home moms are wondering how to get to the family budget while paying for your child’s school lunches. If your child eats lunch at school there is a reduced lunch program you can try to get with the public schools, but if your child likes to take their lunch then here is some tips that might help out your pocket book this year.
1. Saving time – if you tend to run out of time during the week or just don’t have it to make your kids school lunches then use the weekend to do all of them so you only need to grab it. There is also having your kids help you make their lunches.
2. Buy in Bulk – if there is something that your child loves to have to eat all the time then buy it in bulk. Most companies sell their product in bulk. So if your kids will eat it day to day, or even every other day, then go for the bulk. Get more bang for your buck.
3. Store Brands – just because the product is not a name brand does not mean it is bad. Check out your local stores brands. Most have things like lunch meat, cheese, yogurt, and more that are cheaper than the name brand. If your afraid that your kids won’t like it then just buy the smallest size and try it out. You will be surprised at how many store brand products are just as good if not better than the name brand that costs you more.
4. Leftovers – Don’t let those leftovers go bad, or you get stuck being the only one eating them. If you kids liked it for dinner then send it with them for lunch. It will give them a break from just eating sandwiches. While saving you money because you don’t have to throw out those leftovers a week later that were forgot about.
5. Make your own – Many kids love Lunchables, however, for you as a stay at home mom they can get expensive. So why not make your own? Think about how much cheaper it is to buy the crackers, meat, and cheese to make them then it is to buy them all. You will get so many more meals by making them yourself. Same goes for all those Snack sized portions that the stores try to sell you. Don’t fall for that. Buy normal size and make your own snack sized bags.
6. Reusable containers – Buy and use reusable containers instead of using zip lock bags. They don’t have to be the expensive kid just something that will work and fit in your child’s lunch bag. Yes, this means you have to wash them, but in the long run it can save you money. This includes buying a reusable drink container, or just using a washed out soda/juice bottle. There is no need to buy juice boxes.
7. Use Condiments and Napkins from Eating Out – Why throw them away? If you don’t eat out much then just make sure to ask for some of everything when you do. Get a small storage container of some kid and place them inside it, so you don’t lose them or end up throwing them out.