When I was a child, I often thought my parents were just cheap because they made more homemade items, and had us packing lunch instead of buying lunchables and fruit roll-ups. As I have aged, ever so gently, I’ve come to the realization that making homemade items is so much better for not only our children’s health, but also our budget.
No matter how much money you make, it’s incredibly important to have a weekly or monthly budget to stick to. Otherwise, your money ends up disappearing in so many different directions. I don’t have children in school yet, but we are on the road quite often. It doesn’t matter where we go, McDonald’s is always a word that pops up in our car. Yes, it would be convenient, cheap, and make the littles happy. However, it’s still money being spent that really isn’t necessary, and it’s not healthy at all for our kids. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against letting our kids indulge every once in a while. But I’d prefer these be special occasions, like my parents did.
My cousin recently suggested getting Bentgo Boxes to make our own “on the road lunchables”. I started looking into them, and found they are super durable and also cute. I’m often intrigued by unique items like this. So, I just had to have them.
We use them at least 4 times a week! They are perfect for being on the road, taking on a picnic, to the ball park, and even just at home. I try to make them fun so that my boys get excited for them. Sandwiches are quick and easy to make into different shapes, like these forest animals. Also, you spend so much less buying in bulk than in individual packs.
Sometimes it's just the little things like this that can make a difference in your budget and routine. As a parent, it also helps me feel like I put a little extra love in their meals. :)