My kids have NEVER purchased lunch at school... Okay.. maybe three times... but that's it.
We already pay exhorbitant tuition, buying lunch tickets for three kids at $60 each, per month, was an added expense I just didn't see was needed.
I have two hands, I know how to make a sandwich.
Have you ever wondered how much money you can save by having your kids brown bag it to school everyday? Let's do that math. Let's also lowball it.
Let's say you have 2 kids, and school lunch is only $2 a day each.
If they go to school 280 days, you have spent $1120 on inferior, calorie laden, deep fried,
high fructose corn syrup drenched, "food".
Instead if you made their lunch, or like my kids now... they make their own lunches, you would only be spending about $500 a year, and YOU WILL KNOW EXACTLY what their food has in it.
You know and I know that it's more that $2 for lunch as most schools. So imagine the money saved if you make the lunches.
I know... You don't have time.
I'm gonna be hard core now, and say this...
Everyone likes to say how busy they are... but we all make time for things that are important to us. Otherwise...bowling leagues wouldn't exist so prevalently. Catch my drift?
Make it EASY on yourself.
1. Teach your kids how to make their lunches.
2. Have a variety of things for them to choose from to take as snacks. There are lots of nutritious alternative to chips and sugar drinks.
3. Make all the lunches on Sunday nights and freeze or refrigerate them for the week.
4. Mix it up... offer soups, left over pizza, yogurt and granola, bananas dipped in yogurt and rolled in granola and frozen, PB & J, Nutella, Tuna, Egg salad, Roast Beef etc...
5. Shop in bulk. Stock up on Granola bars, nuts, carrots, celery, hummus, ranch, 2 oz plastic cups, pretzels, cereal in large quanity bags, and BAG THEM YOURSELF. You'll save sooo much money if you don't pay for the company to bag them for you.
What about you Mom and Dad?
Are there lunches and meals you eat on the fly that you could have brought from home and saved that $10? More than once a week?
The amount of money YOU WILL SAVE by brown bagging it is exponential compared to the kids lunches.
Before we had kids, I would make Bill's lunch every. single. day. for him. After we had kids, I felt like my time had gotten away from me.
One month, I was curious as to why we never seemed to get ahead each month.
I grabbed two high lighters and began highlighting the debit card statement
and each meal out Bill had purchased.
This was abut 10 years ago... and do you know that he ate $700 worth of food
going through a drive thru window?
The very next day.., Bill's lunch was ready for him in the refrigerator again.
I was busy... but not so busy that I couldn't make time to make my hubby a sandwich right along with my kids.
That is a lot of money.
It's called the "Latte Factor" in terms of money.
How many Starbucks runs do we make?
How many times is it 'Just a coke" in the drive thru?
How many candy bar cravings do we have at the vending machine?
They all add up... and add up big.
Do you smoke?
That's another money bleeder.
$5 a pack.
Add it up.
It's really high... especially if you smoke a lot.
How about going through the drive thru after work to feed the kids?
Do that even once a week, and it's an extra $884 a year out of your wallet, and into the
Now... make a list of all the things you want to do in the next month. For example... do you want to take a college class? join a gym? buy a new outfit? get your hair done? whatever!
If you end up with more month than money, change just one thing that has to do with purchasing food, and see how quickly you can reach your goal.
I sure hope this helps!
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