When the kids are home from school, you will find yourself spending more on your grocery bill each week. If those costs start to get out of hand, there are things you can do to save money. Whether you buy seasonal fruits and vegetables or recreate their favorite meals at home, there are ways to save on healthy kids’ lunches and snacks.
1. Buy Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables
Firs things first. Fresh fruits and vegetables make great healthy snacks. Not only are they low in calories, but they’re also high in fiber. Seasonal produce is naturally cheaper because it doesn’t have to be trucked in from across the country.
2. Make Your Own Lunch Kits
If your kids love Lunchables, you can save a lot of money by making your own. All you need to do is go to the deli and get luncheon meat and cheese. Cut the meat and cheese into smaller pieces and add crackers, a candy bar or cookie, and a drink. You can make these healthier by using whole grain crackers, a piece of fruit or fruit snacks, and water infused with fruits.
3. Recreate Their Favorite Meals at Home
Instead of ordering a pizza or going to local burger place, recreate their favorite meals at home. Not only can you save money, but you can make the food much healthier. For example, you can make a whole wheat pizza crust and top it with barbecue sauce, low-fat shredded cheese, chicken breast tossed in barbecue sauce, and vegetables.
4. Base Your Menu on Sale Items
When you sit down to make your weekly menu, look at what’s on sale. This allows you to create meals that are much more affordable. For example, if chicken is on sale, you can plan to make baked chicken fingers one day and chicken tacos the next.
5. Hit the Farmer’s Market
If you want the best produce, go to a farmer’s market. You’ll save money because you cut out the middle man. Another benefit is being able to get produce that was picked less than 24 hours ago. Take the kids with you and allow them to pick out new fruits and vegetables to try. This is also a great place to find honey, homemade jams, and other great products.
You don’t have to raise your grocery budget to an insane amount in order to feed the kids this summer. There are ways to feed your kids healthy lunches without breaking the bank.