Tips for Frugal School Lunches

I worked in an elementary school for 12 years and you would not believe the amount of food not opened children throw away. Watch CVS and Walgreens and check your coupons. Buy ziplock sandwich bags when chips, pretzels, cheese and crackers go on sale stock up. Also popcorn is a great snack and mini carrots. Have your child package in sandwich bags. Let your child pack up different types and emphasize at least one must be fruit, veg or cheese then two can be something like popcorn and chips, along with a sandwich or, for variety, use pita bread or roll ham and cheese and cut into little pieces. Be creative.

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The amount that the schools are charging for lunches and snacks are terrible. If you shop every other week, let the kids pick out what they would like with the stipulation it must be on sale. Muffins are fun to make but don't frost them, this is a mess. If the child has the choice, they are learning food groups. Jerry Sienfield's wife came out with a cook book that has veggies in cookies, etc. She was worried about her kids not eating right and she disguised veggies by blending them into snacks. Also save a couple of cups of cereal, dried fruit, M and M's and pretzels and make a trail mix. Have fun and let the kids join in its great time for both you and the kids.

By Doreen from Bartow, FL

August 29, 20080 found this helpful

As a former teacher, and currently a sub teacher, I would recommend that if you send your childs lunch with them, tell them to bring back what they don't eat. Don't let them throw it away at school. That way, you can tell what they are eating and not eating, instead of assuming they are eating it all.

You can throw it away at home, feed it to a pet, or if its still good, (such as fruit) eat it.

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful

i am sick at heart when i see what all the kids throw away. some buy their lunches and dont touch anything on the tray and it goes into the trash. others get all snack junk food and they eat all that salt and sugar. others wont eat any of the fairly good lunches sent from home. the kids get home and the parents honestly believe the kids ate their lunch

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