Fifty or Sixty Years ago, parents had limited choices when it came to shopping. Today, we are bombarded with glitzy ads, sale of the century signs, coupons, discounts, rebates, don't pay until the year something or other, giant discount warehouse, one stop supermarket shopping, gigantic malls, info-mercials, 1-800-24 hr. mail order, easy credit and world wide internet access. Keeping control of spending habits and teaching children how to manage money are necessary life skills in today's world.
Grocery items are one area of your budget where you can make considerable savings with very little effort using good shopping habits and commonsense. This is especially true when it comes to packed lunches. Store shelves are bulging with an enormous variety of costly prepackaged lunch and snack foods aimed at capturing the dollars of busy parents. Clever marketing strategies, phenomenal advertising budgets and attractive packaging are used to target your children so they will talk you into buying them the latest and greatest lunch snack. Not only are these individually packaged snacks expensive, many of them are nutritionally deficient and add excessive amounts of fat, salt, sugar and chemical additives to your youngster's diet.
Use the following suggestions to help you prepare economical, nutritious and appealing lunches that will have your family saying, "Great lunch today!" Beautiful words to a lunch maker's ears.
Many of our parents and grandparents grew up with an attitude of waste not, want not. It would be of benefit to us to learn from their example and to pass those tips on to our children. Saving a little here and there adds up to a lot in the end. Packing economical and nutritious lunches saves time and money while providing our children with the food they need for active, growing bodies.
Reprinted with permission from Super Easy Bag Lunches ISBN 0-9691665-2-4 $16.95 Cndn. $12.95 US (The Learning Center Press, Box 82016, GMO #2, Edmonton, Alberta T6J 7A6, E-Mail: email@example.com
Maxine Sprague is a parent, author and educator. Super Easy Bag Lunches is her third book. Maxine has made over 4000 bag lunches and will be making many more for her husband and three children. She has a big white cat named Laptop and a small black dog named Franklin. Thankfully, they don't eat bag lunches. She is a Master Composter and enjoys gardening, hiking, sewing, spending time with family and friends and giving group presentations for adults and children.
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