Life Hack: How To Make School Lunches For Under $3 A Day
Blog | September 16th, 2019
Paying for school lunches can be expensive. Some states, such as California, charge nearly $7 for a single meal. Statistics from the National School Lunch Program show that roughly eight million students across the country pay full price for lunches.
If your child buys lunch, it could be
scary to see just how much you're spending each year to feed them. So, what can
you do? The best thing that you can do is to start making lunches for your
kids. Not only can doing so save you money, but it's also a healthier option
for your child as well, as you'll control precisely what they're eating.
This article tells you everything you need to know about how to make school lunches for under $3 a day. If the school year is 180 days long, this means that you’ll potentially save $500 or more per child.
Peanut Butter and Jelly with a Banana
This is a simple meal that’s easy for
you to make. You’ll need the following ingredients:
Lemonade or similar beverage
A loaf of bread costs around $3.00,
which means that each slice of bread costs around $0.17, for a total price of
$0.34. A jar of peanut butter costs around $3.50. The average 30.2-ounce jar of
peanut butter contains 25 servings. If you use one serving for your sandwich,
you'll have spent $0.14. Your total costs so far are $0.48.
The cost of a jar of jelly is about
$2.50. A seven-ounce jar contains 14 servings, which brings the total cost per
serving to around $0.18. The total cost of the sandwich is $.66.
The cost of a piece of fruit depends on which type you purchase. But, let’s say that it costs $1. You want to give your child something to drink as well. You use a refillable water bottle that you fill with lemonade. The price of a gallon of lemonade is $4. A 16-ounce serving equates to $0.50. The total cost of the meal is $2.16.
Ham and Cheese Kabobs
This exciting meal is an excellent way
for your child to eat healthily and enjoy a delicious meal. You'll need the
Eight ounces of premium ham costs
around $3.50. If you use two slices of ham, you’ll have spent $0.87. The cheese
is a bit more expensive, costing around $4.50 for 16 slices. This recipe calls
for two slices, which costs $0.56.
You’ll put these ingredients on
skewers. A pack of 300 skewers costs about $2.00, which means you’ll pay around
$0.01 per skewer. You’ll alternate putting pieces of ham and cheese on the
skewer to create a kabob.
At both ends of the skewer, you’ll
want to add grape tomatoes. A pack of tomatoes costs around $2.70. Since you’re
only using two tomatoes, you’re only spending about $0.32.
Lastly, you’ll want to add a teaspoon of mustard for taste. Yellow mustard costs about $1.70, which means you’ll spend less than ten cents for a teaspoon. So, for the kabobs, you'll have paid $1.85. Add a piece of fruit, and the cost becomes $2.85.
This is a meal that children should
look forward to eating. To make this, you’ll need:
If your child is tired of eating
sandwiches, try these banana burritos instead. First, start with the flour
tortillas, which cost around $2.30 for a pack of ten. We recommend that you use
two tortillas for this meal, which should cost $0.46 in total.
Spread peanut butter on the tortillas.
Since you have two tortillas, you'll need two servings, which comes to a cost
of $0.28. Next, you'll want to add jam on top of the peanut butter. You can
find strawberry jam for as little as $3.00 at your local grocer. The average
jar has 14 servings, which brings the cost to serving to $0.21. Multiply this
by two, and the price is $0.42.
Bananas are one of the most affordable
pieces of fruit out there, costing about $0.17 per banana. You'll cut the
banana in half, so your total cost of the meal is $0.17. Thus, the price so far
You won't need to add any more fruit since your child is already getting a serving in the burrito. So, let's say that you want to give your child a granola bar instead. You can purchase a pack of six granola bars for $3.00, which brings the cost of each bar to $0.50. You then fill their refillable bottle with juice, which again increases the total cost by $0.50. The total cost of a delicious banana burrito meal is $2.33.
Packing lunch for your kids is an
excellent way to help save money and make sure that they’re eating healthy.
It’s much easier to pack these budget-friendly lunches than you’d think. It
should be easy to do so thanks to our guide on how to make school lunches for
under $3 a day.
Each of the meals that we provided
contains healthy ingredients. Best of all, it’s easy to remake these meals over
and over again. Purchasing the ingredients once can produce meals for at least