Save Time and Money
I must make a very non frugal confession. I try to save money wherever I can as we pursue our dream of being debt free. But last year Tommy ate hot lunch nearly every day. I just could not get into the groove of making lunches and I would procrastinate each night. I would then say, “Forget it, he will have to hot lunch I have to get to bed”.
I am sure you are all thinking, well just make the lunch in the morning!! Well obviously you don’t know me! I am not a morning person and I just go through the motions until at least 9:00. It isn’t pretty nor pleasant for those that love me.
But this year I am off to a great start at being able to make lunches everyday! I discovered a new blog called Make 5 Dinners in ONE Hour, and the lightbulb went off after reading her article about Make Ahead Lunches. Of course, I kicked myself for not having thought of this before. I do everything ahead why would I not make lunches ahead. DUH!!
I wanted to share with you my adventures in making lunches this evening. I must say my oldest son (age 23) has already adopted this practice as well! I made 4 lunches for Tommy, 4 lunches and 4 breakfasts for myself. The money I am saving makes me giddy. I should have timed myself, but I didn’t think of it.
Our lunches include the following:
Tommy Lunches (4) : peanut butter sandwich, pudding, water, 100 calorie cookies and a peach.
Mom Breakfast:(4) bagel thins with strawberry cream cheese and blueberries.
Mom Lunches: Salad (2) and hard boiled eggs, 2 sandwiches, peaches and grapes for a snack.
Obviously the steps are simple, but you know me……..I love to share pictures of the obvious, so humor me!
I make all the sandwiches at once – assembly line style.
I put all the sandwiches, bagels and fruit into my bin and take everything to the downstairs fridge. Now I have a shelf full of enough breakfasts and lunches to last all week! Completed in less than an hour. Life is good!! (took me a bit longer as I was taking pictures)
I am feeling more organized and back on track for school to start. It feels great to be blogging more again. I always get excited about getting ready for school to start and organizing.
This just makes me so happy for the time and money I am saving. Still kicking myself that I didn’t think of this on my own. ARGH!!