7 Ways to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner

7 Ways to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner

7 Ways to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner- If you are in charge of Thanksgiving dinner this year, don’t see dollar signs just yet. Give these tips a try and see how frugal your feast can be.

It’s time to start planning those Thanksgiving menus, and you might be wondering how you can save a little money in the process. The great news is, you can still enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving meal while saving some money. Take a look at these 7 ways to save money on Thanksgiving dinner, so you can plan a feast that is easy on the budget as well as pleasing to the stomach.

1. Start stockpiling now.

Don’t wait to start grabbing the ingredients you need. If you see sale prices on items such as soups, broth, rice, noodles, and other items that won’t go bad before Thanksgiving gets here, grab them! These staples can be put to use in many ways so finding a good deal on them is a great reason to grab them.

2. Get creative with starches.

Potatoes, noodles, and rice can all be used in your Thanksgiving menu and are relatively inexpensive to buy. Look at different ways to prepare these foods so you can create your feast for less. Some ideas could be cold salads, oven bakes, loaded potatoes, baked potatoes, and even stuffed peppers to use the rice.

3. Don’t forget the bread.

Bread products are filling and can be purchased for just pennies per serving. Grab some boxed bread mixes while they are on sale, or grab a few fresh loaves closer to the holiday. If you find a great deal on bread now, don’t forget you can always save it or use it as croutons. You can also visit day old bread stores to get some real deals.

4. Use in season produce.

Use in season produce items to make your salads and side dishes. Some examples would be squash dishes, potatoes, apples, and grapes. In many areas these items are in season and so they will be at their lowest prices of the year. Just find creative ways to use them and make them part of your delicious meal.

5. Search out coupons.

Start scouring your flyers now for coupons that are good on meat products, side dishes, dessert items and more. Clip them out as you see them and ask family to do the same. Match your coupons with store sales so you can double up on your savings and maximize your dollar.

6. Ask guests to bring a favorite dessert.

One of the easiest ways to save some money and stress is to ask guests to bring a dessert. You will find that most are happy to do so. Some inexpensive dessert ideas can be jello parfaits, pudding parfaits, or fresh in-season fruit.

7. Don’t overlook the dollar store.

Dollar Stores are perfect for buying your roasting trays, tin foil, wax paper, and other cooking supplies. You can also find seasonings, side dish items, pasta, canned vegetables, and more. Head to your local dollar store and see what you might be able to use.

If you are in charge of Thanksgiving dinner this year, don’t see dollar signs just yet. Give these tips a try and see how frugal your feast can be.

What are your best savings tips for a frugal Thanksgiving dinner?  Share them in the comments!

7 Ways to Decorate Your Walls on a Budget

7 Ways to Decorate Your Walls on a Budget

7 Ways to Decorate Your Walls on a Budget

Are you looking to add some wow to your walls on a budget? Well the good news is, there are plenty of ways to add a pop of color, texture, and fun to your walls without spending a lot of cash. Take a peek below at 7 ways to decorate your walls on a budget so you can get the look you want while still keeping some cash on hand!

1. Peel and stick decals.

Peel and stick decals won’t harm your walls or paint and are easy to apply. You can find them at dollar stores, and even discount and craft stores. Choose a pattern you like, quote, or bold graphic and simply peel and stick for some instant décor.

2. Pretty plates.

Head to the thrift store and find a collection of pretty plates you like. Look for different sizes and colors. Find some plate hangers (sold at most discount stores) and attach to each plate. Then simply arrange in a collage pattern on your wall.

3. Frame collage.

Gather some picture frames from garage sales and thrift stores. Remove the inserts. Spray paint the frames in a variety of colors and hang on the wall in a collage fashion. It is like instant wall art that anyone can afford!

4. Old architecture.

If you love a vintage flare, try hanging an old window, old piece of fencing, old lattice work, or other vintage architecture pieces from your wall. It offers a rustic, vintage look and these are pieces you can find at most yard sales or even on the side of the road.

5. Hang a chair.

Find a colorful, lightweight chair and hang it from your wall. You can then use it as a shelf and it also doubles as an excellent conversation piece!

6. Stamps and stencils.

Craft stores offer a variety of stamps and stencils perfect for making walls pop. Kids especially might like the fun designs, so give these a try on an accent wall or small bathroom. Even if you aren’t artsy, they are easy to use and you can get some excellent results.

7. Clotheslines.

Run a piece of twine from one end of the wall to the other. Secure with a screw. You can then hang your child’s artwork from the twine, securing it with rustic clothespins or even painted ones. This way, the décor is always changing!

Don’t live with drab walls; instead, give these tips for decorating your walls for less a try!

5 Ways to Save Money on Halloween Costumes

5 Ways to Save Money on Halloween Costumes

Saving money on Halloween costumes can be easy, you just need to know a few simple tricks. Take a look at these 5 ways to save money on Halloween costumes and get the fun looks you love for less.

With Halloween quickly approaching, you might be wondering how to save a little money on this year’s costumes. Saving money on Halloween costumes can be easy, you just need to know a few simple tricks. Take a look at these 5 ways to save money on Halloween costumes and get the fun looks you love for less.

1. Visit a local thrift store.

Thrift stores are perfect for finding cheap dress up items when crafting your own costumes. Find scarves, hats, gloves, fabric, dress up jewelry and other items perfect for creating the look you want. And since it is a thrift store, you never know what you might find. Be sure to stop in especially on 50% off days, and stop in often as inventory is always changing.

2. Comb your own closets.

Take a look in your own closet for items you might be able to use. This includes many of the items listed above such as hats, scarves, dresses, old wedding and prom items, make up, and other accessories. You might be surprised at what you already have on hand that is usable. If you are looking for an accessory that you don’t have, ask family and friends to comb their closets before you go out and buy new. They just might have what you are looking for!

3. Swap with friends.

Ask your friends what costumes from years past they might have on hand. This is a great way to get a new to you costume for your child. You can even swap old costumes your children don’t wear anymore with friends for their old costumes. That way, you can get rid of items while getting some new to you items.

4. Visit your local dollar store.

Your local dollar store will have all sorts of accessories that can lend a hand to homemade costumes. Look for princess crowns, magic wands, police badges, face paint, costume reflectors, glow sticks, candy bags, and other items perfect for making your costume a hit! For just a buck, the price on these accessories is right!

5. Visit a consignment shop.

Check out local consignment shops for used costumes. Many consignment shops carry children’s costumes during the fall season, so you can often find one at a great price. If you want, you can even take some of your old costumes in for cash. This will help free up some funds for this year’s costumes. Call your local consignment shop and ask if they will be carrying Halloween costumes this season.

Keep these 5 tips for saving money on Halloween costumes on hand and you will see how easy it can be to create the perfect Halloween costume for less.

What are your most favourite thrifty Halloween costumes?

101 Ways To Save On Everyday Purchases

101 Ways To Save Money On Everyday Purchases

From the laundry detergent you use, to the gifts you wrap and place under the tree, here are 101 Ways To Save Money On Everyday Purchases!  Sometimes it means doing a bit of extra work, and other times it is as simple as printing a coupon.  These tips will help you to always get the best deal, and still have the things you need and want.

101 Ways To Save Money On Everyday Purchases

  1. Clip coupons
  2. Buy sale priced items
  3. Always check the clearance racks
  4. Buy the generic brand instead of name brand
  5. Buy items in bulk for lower price per unit
  6. Shop at club stores for better prices per unit
  7. Buy meat direct from the farm
  8. Make your own laundry products (Homemade Dryer Sheets)
  9. Grow your own produce
  10. Raise your own chickens
  11. Get organized to save big
  12. Use a store rewards card
  13. Use online email subscription rewards
  14. Use senior citizen discounts
  15. Use student discounts
  16. Sign up for birthday freebies
  17. Buy items that have rebates available
  18. Roll down the windows and turn off the AC in the car
  19. Share meals when eating out
  20. Shop at thrift stores
  21. Shop post holiday sales for school supplies, party supplies, kids dress up and holiday themed items
  22. Trade kids clothing in good condition with friends and family that have items in larger sizes
  23. Make your own homemade cleaning supplies
  24. Use cloth instead of paper for napkins, cleaning and even diapers or wipes
  25. Skip the coffee shop and make your own at home
  26. Get discounts on appliances when they are dinged, dented or cosmetically damaged
  27. Use social media to get discounts by tweeting, sharing or emailing
  28. Become a loyal customer and receive rewards
  29. Negotiate for service oriented things like automotive repairs, appliance service or even roofing on your home by getting estimates from several people and asking your choice to give you the same price as other bidders
  30. Compare prices for home insurance to get the best price
  31. Shop the manager’s special deals for meat at your grocery store
  32. Buy clearance produce in bulk then prep and freeze for later
  33. Make your own homemade spice mixes for taco seasoning, ranch dip and more
  34. Make your own flavored water with fresh fruit
  35. Shop off season for better deals on clothing
  36. Buy last year’s model of electronics to save money
  37. Buy gift cards when they are on sale or offering extra gift cards with purchase for “free” money
  38. Shop eBay for everything from electronics to kids clothes
  39. Shop Craigslist/Kijiji for books, DVD’s, electronics, clothing and furniture at great prices
  40. Buy the furniture with blemishes for better prices
  41. Shop outlet stores and websites for deals on name brand items
  42. Download the app for every store or brand you use regularly for extra deals
  43. Use coupon apps like Coupgon, Checkout 51 and Snap for immediate savings and rebates
  44. Buy larger sized clothing for kids so they last two seasons
  45. Check out books from the library instead of buying them
  46. Download free eBooks from Amazon, Goodreads or other eReader sites
  47. Cut your own hair instead of going to the salon
  48. Give yourself a manicure and pedicure
  49. Learn to sew your own basic dresses, shirts, pants and even blankets or pillow cases
  50. Stream movies through Netflix instead of going to the movies
  51. Subscribe to digital magazines instead of the mailed variety
  52. Turn in old appliances for credit
  53. Earn gift cards and rewards to pay for purchases through Swagbucks
  54. Use your medical insurance to pay for a gym membership (many policies cover this, you simply have to ask) US only
  55. Choose a Nurse Practitioner instead of an M.D. when paying out of pocket for quality treatment at a lower out of pocket price US only
  56. Use the no name prescriptions instead of the brand name prescriptions to pay less
  57. Ask to buy the display model of electronics and furniture for lower prices
  58. Use Priceline, Expedia or Trivago when planning vacations to get the lowest prices on flights, hotels and rental cars
  59. Shop drug stores like Shopper Drug Mart for makeup, cleaning products and household supplies using their rewards program to earn money toward future purchases
  60. Rent items you will only use once or twice like formal dresses, tuxedos or even small tools and equipment for home improvement projects
  61. Use a slow cooker to bake and cook items instead of the oven in the summer to lower utility costs
  62. Use a water filter instead of bottled water
  63. Drink water at restaurants instead of soft drinks or alcohol
  64. Take leftovers for lunch instead of going out with your coworkers
  65. Carpool to work with coworkers, your spouse or neighbors
  66. Sell your car and use public transportation if you live in or near the city
  67. Exercise at home using streamed videos or DVD’s instead of paying for a gym membership
  68. Drop the phone contract and use a pre-paid plan instead
  69. Drop your home phone and use only a cell phone
  70. Shop through Amazon to save
  71. Use a store or gas station reward card or credit card for extra gas rewards and discounts
  72. Rotate your tires regularly – it helps them last longer since they won’t be wearing more in one area than another
  73. Complete surveys on the back of receipts for future discounts
  74. Make your own scented bath products using essential oils, coconut oil, Shea butter, sugar and Epsom salts for various scrubs, butters and washes
  75. Shop club stores for bulk packages of towels, washcloths and hand towels for super low rates
  76. Shop dollar stores for books, crayons, coloring books, puzzles, candy and even craft supplies at half or more off regular prices
  77. Take outgrown or unwanted clothing to consignment shops
  78. Make your own bread mix, pancake mix, brownie mix or cookie mixes
  79. Skip kids meals and order a la carte for lower priced food for kids
  80. Watch Youtube videos to learn new dances, makeup techniques or even how to market your business instead of paying for pricey classes
  81. Use conditioner as shave gel (cheap and works great!)
  82. Stock up on select items during seasonal sales: Baking supplies during holiday events, turkey during Thanksgiving sales, hamburger and steaks during summer BBQ events, condiments during the summer and so on
  83. Take advantage of free samples on new products, they often come with coupons. Check websites and social media for freebies
  84. Email or snail mail to companies of brands you like to ask for free products or coupons (many will send you at least one coupon for a free item)
  85. Use discount nights for local events, fairs or carnivals
  86. Use CAA discounts for hotel rooms, rental cars, movie tickets, bookstores and even coffee houses
  87. Shop the butcher counter right before store closing for deals on meats
  88. Shop the local bread closeout store – many locations have a bread company closeout store with breads, cakes, cookies and other treats at lower than average costs
  89. Shop the grocery store’s clearance racks for deals on bread, produce, medicine, hair care and more
  90. Order your contact lenses online
  91. Shop your local farmers market for produce that will last longer because it’s fresher
  92. Buy used appliances from local rent to own locations for lower prices with a warranty
  93. Shop on lower shelves for better prices – popular items are often placed at eye level and priced higher
  94. Measure price per unit, ounce or quantity for best prices
  95. Recycle aluminum cans and glass to get back money you paid for them
  96. Mow your own grass and handle lawn care needs instead of paying for a service
  97. Use daily deal sites like Groupon, WagJag and more to save on entertainment, services and more!
  98. Go to matinées instead of later showings for cheaper movie ticket prices
  99. Attend high school and college plays instead of professional productions for fun without the cost
  100. Change your own oil at home instead of taking to an oil lube center
  101. Become a mystery shopper to get reimbursed for eating out and auto maintenance

I’m sure there are many other ways to save that we could add to the list. What are your favorite ways to save?


These ways to save on everyday purchases are all about thinking outside the box.  Rather than accepting the price of everything, evaluate and see how you can save by making it yourself, or waiting for a coupon or sale.

52 Ways To Save: Look for the Free Stuff

Every Monday in 2015, I’ll be sharing a different idea to help you save money! Add all of these tips to your frugal repertoire and you’ll be able to save a lot of money this year! I hope you’ll gather a few new ideas or at least some inspiration from this series.

Look for the Free Stuff to Save

Today’s post is coming at you because I scored a couple of great baby items this weekend. They were great deals because they were FREE!  Mostly because I was online at the right time.

I’m a part of a few Facebook buy & sell groups (I love, love buying and selling this way) and I happened to be browsing one group at the right time. (I tend to browse when I’m selling stuff.) Anyways, someone was offering a baby swing and a bouncy/vibrating chair for free to the first person to come by her garage sale. I happened to be on my way out the door anyways so I just changed my direction. I was first to the loot so I loaded up the car. Score!

While many of you may not be a part of these buy & sell groups, you can still nab free stuff if you look, and ask.

One of my favorite ways to get “free” things is by borrowing something I need. I particularly like this technique because I always give the item back once I’m finished, and it doesn’t take up any precious storage space! I always accept hand-me-downs, unless I really don’t need the items.

Another way to grab free stuff is by watching the curbs! My Mom snapped up a baby chair and a playpen in good condition one day while she was driving past a storage centre. She’s also found free walnuts because of a sign by a tree.

So, that’s my tip for the week!  Always be on the look out for free stuff. You’ll save big!

Have you scored any freebies? How and what did you get? Let us know!

See the other articles in this series, here.

52 Ways To Save: Become a One Car Family

Every Monday in 2015, I’ll be sharing a different idea to help you save money! Add all of these tips to your frugal repertoire and you’ll be able to save a lot of money this year! I hope you’ll gather a few new ideas or at least some inspiration from this series.  

Become a One Car Family

Become a one car family to Save Big! We're a one car family in the winter and I estimate we save at least $500. Imagine the savings if you were to do it year round!

I feel a bit like a hypocrite writing today’s post, because I would find it very challenging to become a one car family, but I think if you can do it, you’d save a ton of cash!

Since having my daughter, I have found I have to get out of the house at least once a day. For both of our sanities. :) We don’t always hop in the car, but quite often we do. I also don’t like the idea of being stranded at home in the event of an emergency. However, my husband usually doesn’t work full time in the winter, so we sell his car. (and earn a bit of extra money because we bought a cheap car that we can fix up a bit.) Then once he’s back to work full time, we buy another cheap car that we can sell once more.  That really works for us. Once in a while we do need two cars in the winter, but we have amazing family members who will lend their vehicle or pick us up if need be.

I estimate by being a one car family for even only the winter months, we’re saving at least $500. That could be significant savings if we were to do it year round!

Becoming a one car family means there will most likely be some sacrifices and changes that have to take place. More thought and effort will have to be put into organizing how everyone will get to where they need to be. In my mind, I think it would be easier to be a one car family in a big city because I imagine public transportation would be quite efficient.  Meaning, you can most likely catch a bus or train to anywhere you need to be. (We live in a smaller city so it’s harder to grab a bus to the more rural places.)

Here are some transportation ideas aside from a second car:

  • Walk
  • Ride a Bike
  • Use Public Transportation
  • Carpool
  • Buy a Moped

Are you a one car family? If so, tell us your tips and secrets for making it work!

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5 Ways to Make Money By Cleaning Out Your Garage

5 Ways to Make Money By Cleaning Out Your Garage

Ways to Make Money by Cleaning Out Your Garage

Is your garage stacked to the ceiling with stuff? If so, it might be time to give it a good cleaning. Cleaning out your garage can not only give you more space in your home, but can also net you some cash in your pocket! Want to know more? Take a look below at these 5 ways to make money by cleaning out your garage, I’m sure you’ll find something useful!

1. Sell your old/unused tools.

Are you a tool hoarder? Tools have excellent resale value. Sell your usable power tools on eBay, Kijiji or Craigslist, or place an ad in the local paper. Older tools might be valuable to collectors, so do your research on them and see if they might be worth anything. You typically need just one of each tool, so part with any extras to make some quick cash.

2. Scrap that metal.

Is your garage full of metal pieces? If so, you can scrap them for cash. Old appliances, fencing, old copper, brass, or even aluminum are all worth cash at a local metal recycling center. You don’t even need to clean the pieces, just haul them to the center, have them weighed, and collect your cash.

3. Sell your old bikes.

Bikes both old and new can find a new home on Kijiji, Craigslist, ebay, or your local paper/garage sale site. Collectors are always looking for bike parts and will be willing to take the old bikes off your hands, while college students are always looking for used bikes they can snag for a song. If you have any bikes either old or new, broken or functional, sell them for cash.

4. Hold an odds and ends garage sale.

Get rid of the random clutter with a garage or yard sale. Advertise your sale for free on local news sites as well as sites such as Kijiji or Craigslist. Price your items to sell, create a neat and organized display, and you are sure to not only pull in some cash but create some extra space in your garage as well. Just haul out those items, give them a good dusting, and stick a tag on them. It’s that easy!

5. Donate for a tax write off.

Remember, you can get a tax deduction for any donations you make to not for profit agencies. If you have functional items such as toys, hoses, lawn tools, appliances, bikes, wagons, etc. then why not donate them? You will get a receipt for your donation and you will be able to write the amount off on next year’s taxes. That’s like cash in the pocket!

Don’t deal with that cluttered garage any longer. Instead, give these tips for finding money in your own garage a try and you will not only make space, but make some money as well.

Have you found any treasures hidden in your garage lately?

52 Ways To Save: Use Amazon to Save

Every Monday in 2015, I’ll be sharing a different idea to help you save money! Add all of these tips to your frugal repertoire and you’ll be able to save a lot of money this year! I hope you’ll gather a few new ideas or at least some inspiration from this series.  

6 Ways to Save Money on Amazon

How to Save Big with Amazon

Shopping on Amazon is one of my favorite ways to save money. After all, I can find almost everything I need at competitive prices and enjoy the convenience of having it shipped right to my door. But wouldn’t saving even more money be great? Take a look below at 6 ways to save money on Amazon and get your household essentials, books, clothing and more at even better prices.

1. Look for Hidden Deals.

Sometimes the best deals are not the obvious prices in big lettering on a particular item. “Hidden” deals can still be found on the same page though!  On your PC or mobile device, you will see a sentence that says: “new from CDN$ 17.00”, for example. Here’s a picture:

amazon hidden price

Once you click on the link in that sentence, you will then be taken to a page that has a different few sellers. Just pick the best price.

2. Become a Prime Member.

For around $79 you can become an Amazon Prime member and enjoy many money saving benefits. Savings include free shipping on most purchases, unlimited photo storage and more. You will also be the first to know about any money saving specials! If you make a lot of Amazon purchases a year, a Prime Membership will pay for itself in no time.

3. Try the Subscribe and Save option.

Is there a product you use often? Toilet paper or diapers perhaps? If so, try the Subscribe and Save option. For agreeing to have the product delivered every 1, 3, or 6 months, you get an additional discount on the product as well as free shipping!

Don’t forget that you are also saving time and gas when using this option. No more running out to the grocery store for these items and grabbing impulse purchases while you are at it.

4. Be Patient.

If you can practice patience, you can really save. Enjoy clothing, accessories, and jewelry items for just pennies that ship from China. While shipping may take a little while, you can score some great deals. If you can be patient, you can really take advantage of some of these low prices and accessorize for less.

Another way to use patience to your advantage is to opt for a slower shipping option in general. If you don’t need your item right away you can choose standard shipping and save a few bucks in the process. ( I personally always choose the Free Shipping option.) Always double check your purchase before you submit it to make sure your shipping settings are where you want them to be.

5. Follow Bloggers for Everyday Deals.

I often post great Amazon deals as I come across them. You could also do a Google search for Canadian Amazon Deal Bloggers and find some great sites that are always showing you what items are featured for the day and which items might be coming up for sale in the future.

6. Add an Item to Your Cart, But Don’t Buy

This is a trick I use time and time again. If you have your eye on a particular item and it’s currently not on sale, add it to your shopping cart, but don’t buy it!  Amazon will save it in your shopping cart and let you know when the price changes.  Sometimes the price will increase first, but you will also see when the price decreases.  To find if there has been any changes in the pricing, click on the “Cart” button in the top right corner. If there has been any changes to the pricing, you will see a message at the top of your shopping cart. Once the price drops low enough for me, I buy it!

See how simple it can be to save some extra cash with Amazon? Give these five tips a try and see how much you can stretch your Amazon bucks!

See the other articles in this series, here.

52 Ways To Save: Save Big On School Textbooks

Every Monday in 2015, I’ll be sharing a different idea to help you save money! Add all of these tips to your frugal repertoire and you’ll be able to save a lot of money this year! I hope you’ll gather a few new ideas or at least some inspiration from this series.  

Save on Textbooks

Sorry for the late post once again!  We’ve had a whirlwind week with family in town!  We’ve been having so much fun playing with cousins that we don’t see often!

While this tip isn’t for everyone, it is perfect for those that are headed back to university!

Skip the university or college bookstore this year! The best place to buy (or rent!) your textbooks is online.  Here are a few places that you can buy used or rent textbooks:

Textbook Rental

Simply type in the title, author or ISBN number of the books you need into Textbook Rental and they’ll send you a copy at a huge discount! Textbookrental.ca is the leading website for Canadian students looking to rent or buy their textbooks at a huge discount. Students can also sell their textbooks to Textbookrental.ca and earn cash.

Amazon.ca or Amazon.com

If you live near the US border, Amazon.com might be a better option for you, but Amazon in general is a great place to buy used textbooks! All you need is the ISBN number from the list of books your instructor tells you to get, and then you just enter that into Amazon.ca or Amazon.com.  I think it’s even possible to resell your books to Amazon and then get a gift card for the value of your used books.

Kijiji or Craigslist

Kijiji and Craigslist could also be a good place to look for used textbooks. You could simply do a search for the books you’re looking for or even make an ad listing the books that you’re in search of.

Of course, there are probably a lot of other places to buy or rent your text books. If you have experience with getting textbooks cheaper, I’d love to see your tips in the comments!

See the other articles in this series, here.

7 Ways to Save Money on Back to School Lunches

Save Money on Back to School Lunches

With back to school time around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save on everyday necessities. Packing your child’s lunch instead of buying it at school may be a great way to save money already, but wouldn’t it be great to save a little more? Take a peek below at 7 ways to save money on back to school lunches and pack your child a great lunch for less.

1. Skip the baggies.

Yes plastic sandwich baggies are convenient, but you will buy box after box as the year goes on. Instead, buy reusable containers for sandwiches, chips, fruit, etc. You can simply wash and reuse them over and over. I quite like these ones from Amazon.

2. Skip individual servings/packaging.

Yes the individual applesauce, yogurts, and fruit cups are convenient, but you are paying more for the extra packaging. Instead, buy these items in bulk and then divide them up yourself. It takes a little extra time but the savings is worth it.

3. Know what to buy in bulk.

If your child has favorites that need to be included in each lunch, you can buy them in bulk. Nuts, chips, granola bars, etc. can all be purchased in bulk for less. Buying these items in bulk also saves you from having to run out for last minute shopping trips.

4. Skip the sandwich.

You don’t always have to pack sandwiches in lunches. Get creative with peanut butter by letting your child put it on a banana with toppings such as coconut. Or wrap lunch meat in a piece of lettuce for a cool and easy wrap.

5. Invest in a thermos.

A thermos is great for packing warm foods such as soups and stews. Soup can be purchased inexpensively as well (about $1 a can) and is great paired with a sandwich, fruit, or crackers.

6. Meal plan.

Just as you plan your nightly dinners, planning your weekly lunches can help you save cash. This way, you can plan your lunch menus based on weekly sales and specials and stock up on essentials for less. Plus, you could possibly use up those dinner leftovers!

7. Listen to your child.

Many parents pack items that their child isn’t interested in, so they won’t eat it or it ends up in the trash. Listen to your child and try planning a weekly menu together. This way they are getting foods they enjoy and you can encourage healthy lunch options at the same time.

By following these tips, you can plan weekly lunches that are tasty and budget friendly at the same time. Give them a try!

What are your money saving school lunch ideas?