There are 13 days left of school for my kids. THIRTEEN days. (can you imagine my panicked face? I’m going to have 4 kids here all day, everyday. As much as I adore my kids – I think the beginning of summer vacation brings a little panic out in many Stay At Home Moms. Our routines are going to be thrown out the window and we’ll create new ones but still…panic)
This isn’t a “Mommy Blog” so I’ll get to the money saving part!
If you pack your children’s lunches you may want to use these next weeks of summer vacation to continue to buy those lunch box friendly items. I put a large box in my storage area so I can put those “For School” items in it.
Since the kids will be home for the summer so the need for juice boxes and sandwich bags will be reduced. They can eat off napkins and out of cups- but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep our eyes out for deals for packing those lunches!
There will still be lunch box friendly sales, deals and coupons so continue to take advantage of them. If they are visible in the pantry- they will get eaten before the school buses start their engines in September. So keep a cabinet or other out of the way location to store the lunch box items and as always check expiration dates. You don’t want to open that cabinet the first day of school to find that everything expired in August!
One benefit of stocking up for lunches all summer is that when school does start- you’ll have a wider selection of items to chose from! Plus your budget will appreciate not being hit with $70 spent on fruit snacks, pudding cups and peanut butter when you’ve already had to pay out for new shoes and shorts.
Stock up on items other than food too- from reusable food containers to sandwich bags, plastic cutlery and napkins- we know school will be coming back so use the summer to stock a lunch box pantry that any kid would want!
Towards the end of summer I’ll pick up 5-6 loaves of bread (or more) and make DIY Uncrustables and put in the freezer.
Don’t let the summer deals pass you by – keep future events in mind when the deals come around!