Some people get really good about packing lunches to save money, for themselves, their partners and their kids.Â But did you know that if you don’t pack some sort of drink, the temptation to buy an expensive coffee drink or even just soda pop out of the vending machine can put a serious dent in your carefully planned budget?
Think how much the vending machine charges for a can or bottle of soda, juice or even bottled waterÂ at your work.Â Now compare that to what you can pick up the same thing for at the grocery store… huge difference, right?Â And even if you have packed a lunch, sometimes thirst is what does the budget in because it is so easy to buy a drink.Â
Make sure you pack a drink with all the lunches you pack.Â Juice boxes for kids are frequently on sale, or you can buy re-usable drink box containers and fill them yourself each day – which also means you can dilute them with water to cut down on the amount of sugar, or even just add ice cubes, since they will melt by lunchtime.Â If your partner insists on soda, buy cans or bottles in large packs, then send one each day.Â Or pack tea bags or bring a small packet of hot chocolate into the office and use the hot water there.
Don’t forget we also have plenty of drink mix recipes at MomsBudget, so you can leave a jar of these inexpensive homemade drink mixes right in your office, or bring a plastic bag with enough for a cup each day.
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