Many moms are constantly looking of ways to cut their budget in half, and save money each month. With so many families struggling financially many are looking for more ways to cut back. One of the suggestions that you have probably heard before is to use your leftovers for lunch. In my experience I have found that this really does not end up saving you money, but actually causes you to spend more money.
If you take the time to think about, you will see that you end up cooking just about every day of the week since you are using your leftovers for lunch. You will also find that you end up paying more money for dinner since you will be using so much of it. When you are planning your weekly menu, take lunch into consideration as well. Take a look at the items that are currently on sale for the week. See what lunch item you can get for at least less than fifty percent of the normal cost. If your family prefers to have meat as part of their lunch you want to look for items that are the best deals. Anything that is on sale for less than fifty percent of the normal price is really the best deal to go with.
Buying lunch meat by the individual packs will actually end up costing you more money even if it is on sale. The better option is to instead by an entire ham, or roast, and then just slices it up during the week for lunches. If you buy this item when it is on sale you will be still saving money in the long run.
This way any leftovers that you have from dinner, you can leave as leftovers. Not only will this make your dinner stretch longer, but you will also find that you do not have to cook every single day of the week. Most moms feel rushed as it is. If they find that they do not have to cook on a daily basis it will make the week run a lot smoother.
The last benefit is that it will help to ensure that your children do not get bored with having the same food all of the time. If your child is given the same leftovers for three days in a row, you are sure to guarantee that they will not eat their lunch. Many kids who bring their lunch to school end up tossing it out instead of eating it.