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Make your own Healthier Lunchables – Today’s #CentsAbility Tip!

Christa Clips compares the cost of pre-made lunchable kits to a healthier DIY version. It's all part of the 30 Day #CentsAbility Challenge!

Christa Clips compares the cost of pre-made lunchable kits to a healthier DIY version. It’s all part of the 30 Day #CentsAbility Challenge!

I’ve packed a homemade version of lunchables once a week in our childrens’ lunchboxes for the past 5 years. I know without a doubt that it’s a healthier option, and I’ve always wondered how it compared price-wise.  As part of the  Manulife 30 Day #CentsAbility Challenge, I’m tracking how much money I’m “saving” each day and finally took the time to calculate what it costs to make a healthier DIY lunchable.

Here’s what it cost me to make a DIY lunchable for our school lunchboxes today:

  • $1 worth of ham (1/8 of a whole ham on sale for $7.99)
  • $.05 worth of carrots (half of a carrot from a 2 lbg bag on sale for $1)
  • $.17 worth of Wheat Thins crackers (1/10 of a box on sale for $1.77)
  • $.55 worth of marble cheese (1/8 of a bar on sale for $4.44)

Total cost: $2.22

I’ve never seen the pre-fab lunch kits on sale for that low. In fact, I’ve seen them full priced as high as $3.99 for a much smaller portion.  The #CentsAbility challenge has reminded me that eating healthier doesn’t always have to cost more!

How have you saved money today?