School Lunches On A Budget

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School Lunches On A Budget

It’s time for the kids to go back to school and that means they will either be eating from the cafeteria or you will need to make them lunches. But what if you are on a tight budget?

Don’t worry! Follow these simple guidelines and you can provide your kids with healthy school lunches on a budget that they will love.

School Lunches On A Budget

Pack Leftovers

Do you have some extra food from the night before? Instead of throwing it away, pack some of it for lunch. Roast beef and turkey can be used to make sandwiches or subs. Chicken can also be used, just mix it with mayo and you have chicken salad.

Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

Produce is less expensive when it is in season. Even during winter there are some fruits and vegetables that are in season. Bananas, apples, cabbage and carrots are some choices that that inexpensive and make good school lunches. You can cut them in fun shapes to make them more appetizing to a picky eater or hide veggies in pasta or potato salad.

Use Tuna

Canned tuna is very inexpensive, which makes it an ideal choice when it comes to packing school lunches on a budget. Besides using it in sandwiches, you can make things like Tuna Muffins or put it in whole wheat pita bread.

Pita Pizza

This is a great little recipe that kids love and you can make it healthy. Simply place a tomato-based sauce on a pita bread. Then add shredded cheese and some toppings. Place it in the oven or microwave until the cheese is melted and pack into their lunch! Pita pizzas taste great hot or cold and are inexpensive to make.


Packing soup into a thermos is another inexpensive idea, especially if you make it yourself in the slow cooker. To make it more filling, make sure that you add plenty of chunky vegetables like carrots and celery. Adding some chicken is a good idea so they have some protein.

Roll Ups

Do your kids like sandwiches but you just happen to be out of bread? Just roll up some lunch meat and cheese. I add a little bit of mustard, too and the kids love these. This is perfect for those school lunches on a budget when you are getting low on food, but haven’t had a chance to go to the grocery store yet.

What are your tips for making school lunches on a budget? 

Don’t forget to check out my Lunchbox Snacks Round Up & Healthy School Lunches as well.


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