It is back to school time. And for many parents one of the biggest challenges is to provide great food options for their kids at a great cost. According to the School Nutrition Association, the average family with two kids may spend up to $100 per month on school prepared lunches. Therefore, for many families this can be significant on their budget.
So what can you do to ensure your kids have great healthy options that will not break the budget?
First thing is to plan ahead. If you wait until the last minute to package lunches, chances are you will overspend.
- Purchase lunch items on Sunday
- Plan out meals in advance
- This way you don’t have to wait until the last minute to package lunches or think twice about what you will feed your kids throughout the week, because of course it can get very busy.
Seek out discounts
In preparation for this segment, I did a little research and found that there are many great ways to cut your costs by using discounts, coupons and most importantly discounted gift cards. Websites such as Giftcardgranny.com offers discounted gift cards for purchase. So let’s say for instance, if you are to purchase at your local store, you can search online to find a discounted gift card and this can help you save so much more. Some cards may be sold for 25% of the gift card face value.
Utilize the upcoming tax holiday
In Louisiana, we have the sales tax holiday where consumers can get a break from state sales tax. This year’s sales tax holiday begins August 7 through August 8. Waiting to make purchases during these times can help save you save money.
Remember: your choice, your future!
Kemberley Washington is a certified public accountant and professor at Dillard University.