The Essential School Lunch Grocery List — Tips from The Kitchn

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Beyond the benefit of a packed school lunch giving parents more control over what kids eat at school, we often don’t talk about the financial benefits of packing school lunch. It’s a point I’m always quick to point out to my husband when the kids request “hot lunch” — the lunch the school serves.

When I fold school lunch shopping into my regular grocery shopping I find that not only do I save money by skipping prepared lunches at school, but I also save my sanity — no last-minute scramble to fill lunch boxes in the morning or trying to hold back dinner portions to make sure that I can pack lunches. When I have this list on hand, packing lunch boxes is way more fun.

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