While back to school shopping this year, I was stunned by the variety of convenience packs of snacks aimed at children's lunch boxes: multi-packs of single-serving pretzels, applesauce, yogurt and even mini water bottles. But when you check the prices and amount of food, you realize you're paying double or even triple the price for the convenience of slipping a package into the school lunch box.
Instead, do what I did: buy in bulk. You can save so much money by purchasing a family-sized bag of pretzels and doling out servings into Ziploc bags either before hand or while you're packing the kids' lunches. Not to mention that it's better for the environment! I also use this strategy with:
True, it does take extra time, but only a few minutes -- and I spend that time feeling good about all the money and packaging I am saving. Now, please share your favorite strategies for thrifty living!
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