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What School Treats Are In My Lunch Box?
It was back to school today for many Canadian kids, which meant the grocery stores were jam-packed, and it was near impossible to get help if you needed it as there just wasn’t enough staff.
The streets tend to get crowded when the students arrive for University and College, but we have learned to be patient.
Funny though, while at Shoppers Drug Mart, the University students were piling in, and the sheer amount of purchased snack items was outrageous.
The counter was filled with Red Bull, Mentos, crackers, cheese, snack packs, chips, and chocolate bars.
I was thinking about how unhealthy the food was and the cost of purchasing the items.
Back To School Treats, Snacks, and Drinks
While I was reading this week’s grocery flyers, you couldn’t miss the “Back to School” sales in just about every handout.
Many of the advertised deals were for convenience foods such as juice boxes, chocolate, cookies, various types of bars, and, get this, Perrier water.
I thought the same thing; what kid brings Perrier water to school?
I’m sure a sandwich is standard for many children, but including a salad with hard-boiled eggs and salad dressing is a great way to switch things up.
It’s also a great way to keep the lunch healthy for your child so their sugar levels aren’t fluctuating during the hours you want them to be alert, education time.
Back To School Treats Recipes
I remember going to school when I was young, and my mother made lunch for me.
Nothing in my lunch bag was ever convenience food, nor did I go hungry.
Often I wonder why we are persuaded by “convenience snacks” that can be packed in a lunch bag instead of something homemade.
Parents can experiment with many recipes and involve children, so they will eat what they help create.
I know not all parents can bake treats or cook, for that matter (I have a mate who will get the cooking experience of a lifetime the next time I see him, as he’s rubbish at it but needs to learn).
Still, I remember getting homemade treats once in a while in my lunch box and never complained about it.
Check out my RECIPE INDEX for some fabulous back-to-school treats recipes that are frugal and easy to make.
Would we put healthy snacks, homemade cookies/bars, or other treats such as seeds, fruits, and cut-up vegetables in a lunch box that the children would get used to and then later crave the same tastes as adults?
Maybe if we do this when they are young, they won’t want to tear the cookies and chips from the shelves at the grocery store or reach for unhealthy snacks in their diet when they are older.
I was being nosey in other shopping carts today at the grocery store, and no word of a lie.
Some were packed with all convenience foods to the top.
If we had kids, I’d be inclined to peel and cut fruits up daily and bake on the weekends or when I had spare time and store some goodies in the freezer.
There has to be a plan, and that’s what we would do, plan our shops, lunches, and meals and prep them beforehand.
I guess what I would do will be a mystery since we have no kids, but I’d like to hear from other parents.
Discussion: What back-to-school treats do you send your kids to school with?
Please leave any comments, including recipe suggestions, in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by,
September Grocery Game Recap
Congratulations to our August Grocery Game WINNER, Christine Weadick Ballot #8!!! Congrats Christine!!!
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Thanks to all of you that participated in August, and I look forward to spending September here with you!
Please let me know if you have any topic ideas you think I haven’t covered and I should.
Grocery Saving Tips
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- Let Your Coupons Expire And Save Money
- Welfare Food Challenge $26 Per Week In The Grocery Budget
- What A No-Shop Week Means
- Should You Buy It Now Or Buy It Later?
- Stock Up On Items When You Can
- The Cost Of Organic Food
- What Foods You Should Not Eat and Organic Gardening
- Knowing Your Prices Is The Key To Saving Money In The Grocery Budget
- Product Price Adjustments Don’t Miss The Savings
- Scanning Code of Practice In Canada (SCOP)
- How To Start Saving Money On Groceries In Canada?
- How Much Should My Grocery Budget Be?
- Top Ten Ways To Cut Your Grocery Budget
- Meal Planning For The Budget
- The Grocery Game Challenge and Our Grocery Budget
- Grocery Budget Saving Tips
- Food Shopping On A Budget
- How To Grocery Shop
- Grocery Store Self-Scanners
- Food and Vegetable Preparation
- Best Time To Grocery Shop
- Organic Food Costs
- Why Shopping Hungry Is Not A Smart Idea
- Are We Eating Too Much Food?
- Discount Days and Rewards Programs
- Getting Back On Track With Food Budgeting
- Why You Should Ignore Your Grocery Flyers
- The Low-GI Diet and Your Budget
- How To Track Grocery Expenses
- Comparing Prices With a Price Comparison List
- Why Too Much Salt Is Not Good For Us
- Shopping More Than Once Per Week
- Food Samples When Shopping
- Food Waste In Canada
Our Grocery Shops
- 2 x 2lb carrots 2/$ 1.00 Sale
- 2 x 2lb yellow onions 2/$1.00 Sale
- Iceberg Lettuce $1.27
- Chipits Chips $6.99 Sale
- Chipits Chips $6.99 Sale
- Hellman’s Mayo $2.99 Sale
- 6 x Black Diamond Cheese $3.88 Sale
- 4 x Lean Ground Pork $3.00-30%
- 2 x White mushrooms $1.97 each Sale
- Red field peppers $1.97 Sale
- 2 x Lactancia Cream $2.49 -$0.75 Sale
- Krinos Feta 1kg $13.99
- 5 x Johnsonville Brats $2.99 Sale
- 3x garlic $0.98
- 2 x Collard Greens $3.00
- 2 x Kale $3.00
- 2x Swiss Chard $3.00
- Mini White Potatoes 5lb $1.97 Sale
- 3 x Watermelon $1.88 each Sale
Total out-of-pocket $118.79
Shoppers Drug Mart
4 x Neilson Cream $1.99 Sale
Total out-of-pocket $7.96
Grocery Tally For The Month
Yearly grocery budget for two: $2819.38
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 per week with one no-shop week or $58.75 for four weeks per month. (During the months with five weeks, we make it work)
- Total Budget For September: $234.57, which is $235.00-$0.43 overspend in August
- Total Coupons Used this Week: $1.50
- Total Discounts this Week: $0
- Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
- Total Rewards Points Used: $0
- Stockpile Budget: $20.00 Used $
- Total Spent This Week: $126.75
- Total Spent So Far for September $126.75
- Total Over/Under spent on this shop: $0
- Total Over/Under spend for the month of (September): $ 0
- Total Left to Spend for the Month:$107.82
- Total Coupons Used This Month:$1.50
- Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
- Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) + (March)$169.62 + (April)$397.74+(May) $155.68 + (June) $216.01+ (July) $235.83 (August) $182.35=$1724.95 (does not include stockpile budget)
- Rendezvous Account: $65.38 This is money saved if there is any leftover at the end of a month of grocery shopping for a date night for the wife and me.
Weekly Overview: We had a huge shop today and picked up quite a bit of food.
I’ve already cooked all the greens, so they are ready to eat all week for dinner with protein and salad.
I hope we can make it this month with 5 weeks of shopping.
Let’s see what happens; fingers crossed.
Canadian Coupons Found In September
Frequently Asked Questions
Grocery Game Challenge RULES Read the rules first, and if you have any questions, email me or comment on this post with your question, and someone will answer you as soon as possible.
- Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop? No, you only must be Canadian to post your shops to win a monthly prize. We have a few players from around the world.
- When does the Grocery Game Close each month? The Grocery Game Challenge closes at midnight on the last Sunday of the last post for the month. You can post your shops all month long.
- Does Your Grocery Budget Include Health and Beauty and Laundry? Our Grocery Budget includes shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap, etc. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food anymore. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.
- Where can I find Canadian Coupons? Here are your latest Coupon Match-ups of the week, including Checkout 51 from 25 Newspaper Inserts around Canada compliments of Save Big Live Better that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge.
- What is an FPC? An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described.
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons? You can find all your store coupon policies here. If unsure, it’s always best to call the store and ask.
- How Do I Grocery Shop?– I can tell you about grocery shopping, what we do to save money, and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.
Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or how to say, no, I’m on a budget; I ‘need to buy this or that.
You may also substitute items to stick to your budget to make it work.
Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do, which is why the grocery game challenge was created.
If you have just joined The Grocery Game Challenge, get ready to dive deep into your grocery budget and learn where and how much you are spending and what you are saving.
You’ve made a wise decision.