Every weekend there is this pressure to get to the grocery store, so I have the food for lunches. Dinner and breakfast we can wing, but lunches are essential. I always say that buying school lunch would cost us a fortune at almost $3 a child times two times five, but it would probably save us in the end. I pack fifteen lunches a week and it doesn’t take long, but I hate it.
So today I spent $164 on groceries and while that will cover us for lunch, snacks, dinner and breakfast, a lot went to lunches…
Here is the breakdown for Cole’s lunch:
Juice box – 40 cents (they don’t drink it daily)
Sandwich- honey ham with mustard on Italian bread$1.25
Oreos- 20 cents
Noosa Salted Caramel Yoghurt $1.25
Grand total: $3.90 a day
My daughter will not eat any sandwich which is a pain, so its hot lunch daily.
Soup- $1.50 I buy the store made soups unless I have time to make it myself at home. No canned soups for her.
Flips Smores Yogurt- $1.20
Blueberries- 60 cents
Juice Box- 40 cents
Grand Total- $3.90
So they end up even at just under $4 a day times five is about $19 a week each (since they only drink juice maybe twice). So the kids alone cost $38 in lunch foods a week. Then there is what I pack. I know I could completely cut this down if we needed to save, but for now my time is precious and I want them to enjoy the lunches. So it is one stop shopping! So how much are you spending to pack lunches?