Save Money on Back to School Lunches
Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 7:00 am
The new school year is starting and parents have to find a way to ensure that their kids will have a healthy lunch while they are at school. There are ways to do that and save money on school lunches. Try some of these ideas!
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was started in 1946 under President Harry Truman. It is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.
Parents can check the NSLP for this year’s eligibility requirements. Those requirements can change from one school year to the next. In general, the parent’s income is considered (including whatever public assistance benefits they receive). The total income limit tends to be higher the more children that are in a family. Your kids could qualify for free or reduced cost school lunch.
Buy in Bulk
Your dollars can go farther if you purchase food in bulk. Buy a bag of oranges instead of individual ones. Pre-cut them for your kid’s lunch. Get a bag of grapes instead of individual packages of raisins.
Buy whole carrots and cut them into small pieces instead of buying pre-cut carrots. This strategy cuts down the cost of a school lunch. It also stops food waste. Kids are more likely to eat fruit or vegetables when it is already cut up for them than if they are presented with a whole piece of produce.
Bake your Own
Does your child want a muffin or cookies in their lunch? Bake your own! The cost of the ingredients will likely be less than the cost of a box of cookies or muffins at the store. Baking your own pastries allows you to control what ingredients are in these snacks and ensures that each of your kids will get the same amount.
Buy a Reusable Water Bottle
Clean water is the healthiest choice of drink for all humans. Our bodies need a constant supply of water in order to stay hydrated. Buy a small, reusable, water bottle for your child’s lunch bag. Or, use the bottle that comes in your child’s lunchbox. Fill it with clean, filtered, water from your home.
If that’s not an option, buy large bottles of water and pour some into your child’s reusable water bottle every day for them to take to school. Many schools allow kids to keep a bottle of water at their desks during the school day.