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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 04:52 AM   1
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Packed Lunch


My kids have always had hot school dinners. My eldest has just left school but I still have 1 at secondary school, and 3 in primary (nursery, year 1, year 4)

For all of these lunches i pay £37 a week. My secondary school child- hot lunches are compulsory- this, despite the fact his medication means he doesnt eat it. Nothing i can do about it.
My year 1 child is free as he is infants, i have to pay for my yr4 child and nursery child.

Ive decided to change for these reasons

1- i recently attended a taster session and wasnt impressed with the portion sizes, or quality. Im not a fussy eater but i struggled, it was lukewarm, the cake for pudding was dry and tasted of salt. Theyre not really healthy food options either its all pizza, fish fingers etc.

2- i dont think theyre eating it.when i question them about, for eg, spagetti Bolognese, they saw they ate the plain pasta but not the meat and sauce.

3- money. I cant change the £15 a week i pay for my secondary child, but is it possible to save money on the £22 i pay currently (2 paid, 1 free, but all 3 will be having packed lunch)

Im struggling to see how i can make it cheaper, can anyone make suggestions for me?

My 3 yr old is a brilliant eater and will eat anything but the other 2 are fussy, they wont eat cold pasta, eggs, tuna, seafood or salad bar cucumber. They do love fruit.

Yesterday i did

Ham sandwich
Packet of crisps
Pear
Yogurt
Chocolate biscuit
Water

My Son ate all his, my elder daughter left yogurt and pear , my nursery one left yogurt, pear, crisps and half her biscuit. She said she never had time to ear it.
Have i put too much in?
I m worried its going to end up costing me a fortune especially coming home with all that food wasted.

Today ive put in

Ham sandwich
Crisps
Banana
Satsuma
Yogurt
Mini muffin
Water.

How do you do a decent packed lunch for a decent cost? Im hoping to try and save an extra £100 per month by making small changes, to add to our Florida fund, so every bit counts. Im also planning on sticking the hubby on packed lunches as he spends a fortune.



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 05:46 AM   2
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Where are you shopping? I don't do lunchboxes for school but have for other occasions and Lidl have bits and pieces that are good and cheap. I put cheese dippers in, Lidl ones are 79p for 4, compared to Dairylea's £2 for 4.

Also my my kids personally, that would be too much. I did briefly do packed lunch for my eldest in nursery and he had a sandwich, cheese string (or something similar), a piece of fruit and a yoghurt. It might just take a week or so to see how much they all eat on average so you know how much to put in.



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 06:09 AM   3
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following as i need ideas myself i moved mine from sd as they where to be blunt crap lol i usually put in a ham/cheese bun crisps biscuit fruit yoghurt but could do with some fresh ideas sometimes i do cut up cucumber or carrot sticks but mine dont like cold pasta pizza ect



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 06:32 AM   4
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I usually shop at Tesco or Asda . We dont have a Lidl but we have an Aldi, i just sometimes find they have less choice and often i need to pick up bits of clothing etc which is why i normally end up Tesco or Asda as its all under one roof.
I definitely should switch though as get lots more for your money at aldi.

I will see what they come home with tonight x



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 06:49 AM   5
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Definitely switch! I've just moved closer to Aldi again and I love it. As you say though they don't have everything I'd go for so I do 1 Tesco visit, click collect or delivery order a week (or less).

I find Aldi fine for the varies snacks etc. Mine are fussy also, no cold pizzas, don't like eggs so it ends up being sandwiches or pasta salad...

1 ham sandwich (1 has mayo 1 doesn't)
Bag of crisps
Cake/biscuit bar
Apple/banana/pot of berries
You (sneezy or small pots with cheap throw away spoons)

1 chicken thin
Bell cheese/small cheese block
Lunch size crackers (in bag)
Box raisins
Cake/biscuit
Small jelly pot

1 small tub pasta salad
Rice cakes
Apple/tangerine
Cake/biscuit
Yog

That kind of mix up - doesn't really get any more excited than that lol I just try an vary it up. Another good place to go and stock up rather than a weekly thing is B&M!



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 07:17 AM   6
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thanks im going to go to b&m and aldi i usually just shop at asda but will have a trip to the shops



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 14:16 PM   7
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I have 3 children under 7 who all take packed lunches every day. I would have to pay for all of them if they took school dinners and I know they wouldn't eat them.

My 4 year old has only started taking lunch but is doing really well. She gets a fruit snack provided by school at break time and for lunch she has been taking:

a Kingsmill Thin with either ham or chicken
2 small Petit Filous style yogurts or a Frube etc
a packet of mini cookies/party rings or something like that
diluting juice or water

She comes home with pretty much everything eaten and is so proud of herself. She does 5 hours a day in school. She also gets a carton of milk in school at break time.

My older two, who have just turned 7, would have something similar:

-50/50 bread with chicken or ham/ a croissant (for a treat)/ 3 small cooked sausages wrapped in tinfoil to keep some heat
- yogurt
-small packet of fingers/cookies
-water/ diluting juice

They bring in their own fruit for break time and also get a carton of milk everyday.

On a Friday I might give them a packet of crisps, or a bigger sweet treat.They are also in for 5 hours per day.

They have to bring their rubbish home from school, so i get see exactly what they eat. To be honest, they usually finish it most days and always say they've had enough.



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 15:36 PM   8
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My ds1 has a packed lunch every day and ds2 3 days a week. I’ve never done a shop just for lunch boxes but I’m sure it won’t be anywhere near £22 although we shop at Aldi. Mine have pretty much the same each day:

Sandwich/wrap
Crisps
Fruit

And we’ve recently gone for ‘healthier’ options so they used to have either a cheese string or pepperami but now they usually have a yoghurt.

They vary how much they eat and some days they are picky with their fruit but usually they eat most of it.



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 16:49 PM   9
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I have 3 children under 7 who all take packed lunches every day. I would have to pay for all of them if they took school dinners and I know they wouldn't eat them.

My 4 year old has only started taking lunch but is doing really well. She gets a fruit snack provided by school at break time and for lunch she has been taking:

a Kingsmill Thin with either ham or chicken
2 small Petit Filous style yogurts or a Frube etc
a packet of mini cookies/party rings or something like that
diluting juice or water

She comes home with pretty much everything eaten and is so proud of herself. She does 5 hours a day in school. She also gets a carton of milk in school at break time.

My older two, who have just turned 7, would have something similar:

-50/50 bread with chicken or ham/ a croissant (for a treat)/ 3 small cooked sausages wrapped in tinfoil to keep some heat
- yogurt
-small packet of fingers/cookies
-water/ diluting juice

They bring in their own fruit for break time and also get a carton of milk everyday.

On a Friday I might give them a packet of crisps, or a bigger sweet treat.They are also in for 5 hours per day.

They have to bring their rubbish home from school, so i get see exactly what they eat. To be honest, they usually finish it most days and always say they've had enough.
Are you in the uk or elsewhere? If so, why would you need to pay for the under 7s? Is it not the whole uk that gets free lunches for infants?



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2017, 16:54 PM   10
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Thanks all. I actually did chicken wraps for tea and had loads left so ive done then a wrap for lunch tomorrow- Alice has chicken, cheese and salad, Will has chicken and cucumber and Amy just chicken.
Been to B&Ms tonight too for a few bits n will deff be stocking up there in future.



 
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