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?