Fuel your kids with the nutrition they need to get through long, hot days with these healthy lunches for summer camp! Easy to pack and so delicious.
Just because school is out doesn’t mean I’m not packing lunches anymore! My kids just started summer camp yesterday, which they are so excited about. Between lunches for the kids, my office lunch, and my husband’s lunch, we’re still hard at work in our kitchen packing healthy lunches.
Do your kids go to summer camp? Mine always look forward to seeing their friends and enjoying the outdoors. I know days at summer camp can be long and exhausting, so I want to make sure they have a nutritious lunch and snacks packed to keep them energized.
All of these recipes will fill them up with the nutrition they need for long days in the sun. From sandwiches to wraps to bowls, there’s a recipe in here that your kids will love. They’re all super easy to prepare ahead of time and pack in a lunch box.
Enjoy these delicious recipes, and let us know what you pack for your kids’ summer camp lunches!
If you are struggling to figure out how much you should be spending on food to feed your family, don’t worry, you are not alone. Today’s tips will help you create a food budget that is in line with what you can spend.
Are you finding yourself spending too much money on groceries? Know that you are spending too much but can’t pinpoint where the money is going? Don’t fret, this happens to the best of us and there are things you can do today to cut your food spending!
If you are wondering how you can spend less on groceries without eating pasta every day or clipping coupons, check out the list below to see how you can cut your food budget in half with these simple tips:
Establish a Food Budget.
Establishing a food budget is essential if you want to reduce what you are spending. When asked, most people want to save money on food but don’t know exactly how much they should be spending. Creating a weekly budget for food, and only food, is an important first step to figuring out ways to save.
Related: How to Create a Food Budget for your Family <<link to budget post 1>>
Shop less often.
More trips to the grocery means more money you’ll spend on food. Even if you “forgot” something, that trip is likely to result on purchasing other items that were not on your original list.
Establishing a “shopping” day once a week is ideal because you’ll be able to plan your meals from week to week without feeling overwhelmed. There are some budget-shopping pros that swear by two bulk shopping days per month and a quick trip to the store once a week for fresh items like milk, but if you are starting to watch your food budget, once a week is the way to go.
Going to multiple stores on a single shopping trip can seem like a hassle but when you create a shopping list and then allocate certain products to a store where you know the price is much cheater, you’ll save on average 20-40% on groceries.
Prices can vary tremendously from store to store so knowing what to shop where is crucial. Again, try to consolidate the shopping trip to a single day to eliminate impulse buys and only shop for the items you know are cheaper in that store.
Pay with cash.
Say you allocate $200 per week to your grocery budget, why not put the cash in an envelope marked as “groceries” and set out to shop with it? The thought of not having enough cash at checkout alone should keep you from loading the cart with items you don’t need. It’s impossible to go over budget when you don’t have any additional cash to pay with, don’t you think?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased an additional can of black beans or another frozen bag of broccoli, for example. Sure, they don’t seem like an expensive item but $5 or more per week on items you already have at home add up!
After creating a meal plan, head to your fridge, freezer, and pantry and mark off the items you already have at home. This will ensure that you will save money and that the food you have won’t go to waste.