I’m not sure if it’s only the USA where elementary schools might not use the brown bag lunch system rather they pay for a hot lunch in the cafeteria every day.
What is a brown bag lunch system?
Simple… you make your kid a lunch and send them to school with it! Brilliant idea if you ask me.
Although, I’m starting to wonder if anyone sends their kids to school with a brown bag lunch at all in the USA after watching another Yahoo story this morning about kids being treated different because of delinquent lunch accounts.
If you are thinking what I’m thinking then you are right to say we are teaching our kids it’s acceptable to buy lunch every day rather than make a healthy brown bag lunch at home. This will be the lesson they carry with them as they get older, at least in my eyes.
Then we wonder as adults why the line-ups at the fast food joints at lunch time are jam-packed and why you might find drivers more erratic during the morning rush hour, the lunch rush hour and the rush to get home or maybe to pick up dinner lol after work.
I know I’m talking about kids and lunches again but after hearing about another lunch story today it’s just another one of those topics that boggles my mind because they make the headlines over and over again.
I’m starting to wonder if we are phasing out the brown bag lunch to make it easier on the parents or if a homemade lunch even exists any more in some parts of the world.
Last week I wrote about an elementary school in Salt Lake City, Utah but this week it’s about a school in Houston that is still feeding the school kids who owe money on their lunch accounts but just not a hot meal.
The kids are being served cold cheese sandwiches instead of the hot meal their friends are getting because their parents are all paid up on the cafeteria bill. I’d be curious to know just how much each meal costs in the cafeteria and what foods are offered to the children.
I have yet to hear of a Canadian elementary school where the students don’t bring a brown bag lunch and have to wait for a hot meal lunch in the cafeteria line-up.
Maybe there are schools out there like that and I’d love to hear about how that lunch system is run. Maybe these schools in the USA do allow parents to send a brown bag lunch and they are opting not to, I don’t know.
My wife says she remembers in high school the cafeteria served up hot lunches with burgers, fries, salads, grilled cheese etc IF you wanted to purchase it. You were not required to buy a hot lunch every day.
Many students did use the cafeteria service but many students also brought a brown bag lunch to school like they did when they were in elementary school.
I can safely say that my mum made me a lunch every single day and it was pretty healthy if you ask me. My mum didn’t give us crisps and choccie bars to snack on either.
If it was a sweet it was something homemade along with fruits, sandwich and a drink. As I got older I made my own lunches of course.
I know I didn’t grow up in Canada but I did go back to school to get a new education here and sure there was a cafeteria but again it wasn’t that you had to use it.
It breaks my heart to hear of the young kids having to be subjected to being felt left out because their parents may be in debt or they come from low-income families that are struggling and living pay to pay etc.
We don’t really know everyone’s financial situation but for certain the children will know the parents aren’t paying the bills when a cheese sandwich is what their classmate is eating instead of a hot lunch.
Times may have changed in Canada and since we don’t have any kids and haven’t been in a Canadian elementary school for a year or so we know the elementary schools in our area don’t have cafeterias for the young kids.
We know this because we have friends with kids who attend the local schools and making that brown bag lunch is all part of their nightly or daily routine.
The parents are required to send their child to school with a brown bag lunch every single day. If the child is in walking distance they may go home for lunch like in our area where we are surrounded by family homes. If you are real lucky you live across the street from the school.
Children might not also bring a brown bag lunch if the parents pick them up to go out for lunch as well once in a while.
What’s the lunch deal this week Mr.CBB….?
So this guy in Houston who mentors and tutors at neighbourhood schools found out about the elementary school serving up the cold cheese sandwiches.
He also learned that the kids whose parents owed money for their lunch bill were embarrassed to stand in line because others would see they were not getting a hot lunch rather a cheese sandwich.
We are working so hard to stop the teasing and bullying in the school system yet when I hear of schools singling out students this way it bothers me. Are the adults really making it any easier?
Sure we all believe we are bringing up our children right but the fact stands that the bullies are out there whether it be a comment like your parents are poor or not engaging with them and leaving them out of activities because they feel they aren’t worthy it all hurts these children.
Children watch and hear everything that happens around them including how they all interact with each other. Something like this could be devastating to a child not to mention humiliating. So in comes this tutor Kenny Thompson to make a difference and what does he do?
He pays the $465.oo bill for these kids to zero out all the lunch accounts so the school would start to feed them hot meals again. The realistic part which is also briefly talked about in the video is that this will likely happen again as the parents may fall behind the next week.
It’s part of the debt cycle for many because they simply can’t afford the extra expenses in the budget. To be honest I’m stunned why these parents are not sending the kids to school with a brown bag lunch unless the school doesn’t permit it.
I’d find that strange because we all know that eating out always costs more than making lunch at home unless the meals are very cheap in price. Making a healthy lunch for your child would be much easier on the wallet but would this single out the kids again with a hot lunch system already in place?
Sure Kenny may have solved the problem this week but it doesn’t solve the problem moving forward. I don’t know what this school plans to do. Certainly if parents have the option to send their kids to school with a brown bag lunch they should be doing it to save money especially if they can’t afford the cafeteria lifestyle for their child.
Seems bizarre to me because I’ve never had that luxury myself, not even as an adult. I still brown bag my lunch for work each time.
Let them talk behind your back
I’m proud to say that I have no debt as an adult and if that means I don’t get to eat lunch at the local Sushi restaurant or drink lattes at Starbucks every morning like my colleagues, you bet I’d do it all over again.
No one cares what you do when you leave the office so why worry about what others think of you at the office? The kids should be taught to stand on their own two feet and not worry about what others have. They should also be taught lessons in money from a young age.
I don’t know how much that would solve the inner child feelings of being different from their classmates whose parents have money but I know they will learn the value of money from a different perspective.
That in itself may teach them a valuable lesson they will carry with them for life.
- Do you send your child to school with a brown bag lunch or with money to eat from the cafeteria?
- Do elementary schools in Canada serve up hot lunches for the kids? Where?
- If you are a USA resident are their schools that allow kids to bring a brown bag lunch and/or can you explain your lunch system for us please? 🙂
Canadian Budget Binder this week
If you missed any CBB posts from the week here is the list of posts you can catch up on reading!
- Should your career choice be up to your parents?
- What is a high net worth?- Our January 2014 Net Worth Update
- Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide
- Do you stockpile food before a snow storm? The Grocery Game Challenge Feb 3-9 2014
- Spending cuts and increases: Budget Update January 2014
- Glazed Finger Buns
- PF Friday Grab a Brew #58:Do you know the laws when travelling abroad?
CBB at home and the blog
Yes, like many I’m sick of the snow and no I’m still not ready to invest in a snow-blower.
Not much to report here this week although we’ve been in and out of the second-hand stores looking to scoop up some bargains which we did. I’ll be honest and say I found a few awesome CD’s that I wanted for a couple of bucks each and some brand new tea towels.
We also found some hard to find books for our nephew who will be thrilled to have them read to him. Other than that it’s been pretty quiet around here I’m afraid.
Once this snow goes away the household action will pick up and you will all likely tell me to zip it because I have so much to say haha.
Fan deals and inspirations
Submit your Brag or Inspiration If you have a brag that you want me to share email me at canadianbudgetbinder (@) [yahoo] [.ca] or fill out my contact form by Friday each week to have your brag considered for the Saturday post.
This week CBB fan Jen Peacock shares how pink stickers and coupons really DO make a difference to your grocery budget.
- Tostitos (PM FC) $2.00
- Tostito cheese dip (PM FC) $2.00 – $1.00 coupon (Pepsi booklet)
- Barilla pasta (PM FC) 3 x $1.00 – 3 x $1.00 coupons (gocoupons)=FREE
- Royale TP (PM SDM) $3.99 – $1.00 coupon (gocoupons) – $1.00 SnapSaves
- BD cheese bars (PM FB) 3 x $4.44 – 3 x $.75 coupons (tearpad) – $1.00 SnapSaves
- BD cheese bars (PM Sobey’s) 3 x $1.99 – 3 x $.75 coupons (tearpad)
- Johnsonville sausage (PM GT) $3.00 – $1.00 coupon (Canadian Living calendar) – $1.00 SnapSaves
- Huggies Pull Ups $21.97 – 50% pink sticker (-$10.99) – $3.00 coupon (coupon zone) =$7.98 for 50 pull ups or $.16/pull up
- Pampers $29.97 – 50% pink sticker (-$14.99) – $2.00 coupon (P&G insert) =$12.98 for 58 diapers or $.22/diaper
- Tresemme shampoo $5.99 – 50% pink sticker (-$3.00) =$2.99
- Tresemme conditioner $5.99 (no pink sticker) – $5.99 coupon (unilever insert – buy shampoo get conditioner free) =FREE
- Dove deodorant 3 x $2.98 – 3 x $2.00 coupon (mailout from sample) – 3 x $1.00 Checkout 51 =FREE
- Dove bar soap (4ct) (PM WM) 4 x $3.47 – 2 x $3.00 (unilever insert) – 2 x $1.00 Checkout 51 =$5.88 or $.37/bar
- Softsoap refill (PM Loblaws) 10 x $1.00 – 5 x $2.00 coupons (redplum insert) =FREE
Great shop Jen, well done and thanks for sharing your savings with us.
Making a difference
If you know a personal finance blogger that is making a difference and want to nominate them please send me an email so I can reach out to them for a feature story.
Note: If you are a blogger who gives back and would like to be featured by all means get in touch with me as I am filling spots up for the rest of 2014 and they are going quickly.
Hello Canadian Budget Binder readers!
My name is Mark Ross and I’m the one behind the newest personal finance blog on the block called the Money Saving Dude.
To start off, let me give a little background of myself.
I am just a student who has a great goal in mind and that is to be financially independent ASAP, maybe 10 to 15 years from now, hopefully.
I like to learn, read and watch anything about personal finance and I’m certainly an addict when it comes to finding ways to save money. I’m intrigued about learning more about investing and about the stock market as well.
I could also say that I’m the most frugal person in our class and I’m not ashamed of it. We all have to save money at some point, why not start now, right?
I think that’s enough about me, let’s talk about my website. The reason why I started the Money Saving Dude is for it to serve as a resource for people having trouble saving their hard-earned money. It is also an outlet for me to share my thoughts and knowledge when it comes to people and their finances.
Don’t you worry because I don’t only share money-saving articles on my site but also the personal finance books that I’ve read, money-making ideas, ways to properly manage your money, inspirational quotes and much more.
Are you interested in reading those topics? If you are, then head out to Money Saving Dude now and personally see what I’m talking about.
By the way, thank you Mr. CBB for having me here!
What is a blog carnival?
Some fans have asked me just what is a blog carnival so a little explanation is due here for anyone reading for the first time or for my long-time fans.
A blog carnival is where a blog or website hosts what we call a carnival of blog posts from around the web. Most blog carnivals have a theme and certain rules for submitting which must be followed.
If you are a blogger and would like to learn what blog carnival directories I submit to each week you can find the information in a previous Saturday Weekend Review post that I wrote.
A big thanks to these pages for accepting my blog posts and sharing them in the following carnivals and/or sharing my blog posts with their fans.
- Carnival of Financial Independence– Reach Financial Independence
- Carnival of Camaraderie– Four Hour Work Day
- Carnival of Financial Planning b– Financial Nerd
- Spreading the Gospel: Carnival of Financial Planning- The Wealth Gospel
- Lifestyle Carnival– Drop the Cookies
- Lifestyle Carnival 90th Edition
- Financial Carnival for Young Adults– Urban Departures
- Aspiring Blogger Carnival #28
- The Cost of Moving Abroad– The Savvy Scot
Google search terms
Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog.
Here are a few of my favorite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, right now.
- Canadian money guru budget– Not sure if I’m a guru but I do like to budget so thanks for stopping in
- Please stay with me and help me find all household things like shampoo, laundry soap, dish soap, toilet paper in cheap bulk rates– interesting
- Welfare meal plan– I tend to think a meal plan is a meal plan but I can understand wanting a frugal meal plan here because they are not all created equal when it comes to budget.
- Husband spends money after budgeting- caught in the act lol
- Excel spreadsheet for home budget to build in a new refrigerator– I chuckled but I understand the premise behind this desire.
That’s all for this weeks edition of The Saturday Weekend Review #58-Do you send a brown bag lunch with your kids to school?
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