If you’re serious about pinching pennies, you know packing lunch at home can be a huge money saver for your kids, your spouse, and yourself. However, it’s so easy to let lunch get the best of you on busy mornings! My kids and husband prefer lunches made at home, so this year I’m really working to make our mornings go more smoothly by efficiently handling lunch box duty ahead of time. Here are a few things that have helped our family:
1. Keep your fridge stocked for lunches. Place yogurt, cheese sticks, juice boxes and any other quick foods all together to make packing lunches go more swiftly. (We’ve also tried making pb&js ahead of time tightly wrapped in saran wrap, which has worked for a few days out, but they do eventually get soggy. Any tips on that one would be so appreciated!)
2. If possible, make lunches for the next day as soon as those lunchboxes hit the kitchen counter. I can’t tell you how much less stressful our mornings are when those lunches are already packed, so getting them ready the night before is worth so much to me! It changes the whole mood in our house each morning, and makes for such a nicer start to the day.
3. Create a “snack” bin in your pantry for lunchbox snacks to grab as you head out the door. If you’re in a hurry in the morning, this will be one less thing you have to hunt down in a hurry. Also, if you’re trying to save money on making lunches, bake extra cookies, muffins or even pop popcorn for snacks and place them in single serving bags so you can pinch those pennies as you serve up lunch. (I have to work on that one myself this afternoon!)
Here are a few specific items to work on today:
- If you have pack lunches, set up your refrigerator and pantry to make packing lunches go more smoothly in your home.
- Make single serving food snacks out of larger boxes of food, or bake a batch of cookies to frugally fill those lunch boxes. (I just defrosted 15 bananas and am hoping to fill my kids lunches with banana chocolate chip muffins next week!)
Do you have any great tips on handling lunch box duty (and suggestions besides PB&J for your children’s lunch box meal ~ new lunch box ideas could be a whole new series!) I’d love to hear them, so take a minute and leave a comment to share!
Looking for more ways to get organized? See previous 25 Days to a More Organized You:
- 25 Ways to a More Organized You Day 1: Stop Procrastinating
- 25 Ways to a More Organized You Day 2: Handling Paper Clutter
- 25 Ways to a More Organized You Day 3: Set Up a Spot For Kids Artwork