What about lunch?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-30-2007
What about lunch?
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Fri, 08-20-2010 - 3:02pm

Today is the first day back to school here...yippee!! lol

At the beginning of last year, I sent a check to the lunchroom every week for the kids' lunch account, and told them how much they were allowed to spend. They were constantly going over the limit and I was getting emails that the account was overdrawn, and they also complained about the food (and my daughter was commonly spending $3.50 for a bagel and french fries for lunch), so I started buying things for them to make lunch and take it instead. They got bored with that, though, and I got tired of having to buy extra stuff each week at the store.

This year, I've decided to give them cash for lunch ($20/week each) because they can leave the school campus for lunch this year and there are some fast food places nearby. Or, they can use the money in the school lunchroom if they want. Of course they can take a sandwich if they prefer, but I'm not going to have the little bags of chips and stuff like that in the house anymore.

So I'm curious, what do your kids do for lunch, and how much do they spend?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-21-2008
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 3:22pm
Single disabled parent with 1 left at home...FREE LUNCH- WHOO-HOO!! If she dosen't like it (they have the monthly menus up so she can look) she can choose to take something from home. That's about it here.
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-11-2009
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 3:43pm

My DS is in 7th grade and literally NOBODY takes their lunch, so he eats whatever they are serving that day.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-27-1999
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 3:49pm

Mine both bring lunch from home as school lunch isn't to their liking.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-30-2007
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 4:18pm
Actually, I just checked the web site and they have three different meal choices every day (pizza, burgers, salads, sandwiches, pasta) for $3 each, including milk. There is also a $2.25 option (more of a traditional school meal like I used to get, haha!) I think $20 a week is too much now. I'll probably give them $15 apiece, at the most.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-04-2008
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 4:21pm

Mine takes her lunch, not because she doesn't like the school food, but simply to save time. If you bring your lunch, there's no standing in line using up any of the 45 min lunch period. Our HS has a closed campus, thank goodness (I could see that being chaos).


She generally takes

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-06-1999
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 4:44pm
We have a program where you load money onto their account, it keeps the lines moving faster.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-09-2009
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 4:52pm

Mine will take a lunch from home most of the time. We don't really do school lunches in Ontario. There is a cafeteria at DS' school but it's as spendy as McDonald's and not much healthier. He does chores for spending money so he can spend all of that on cafeteria lunches if he wants and bring a lunch from home when he's broke.

Also, his middle school allows the kids to leave school property during lunch hour, and the school is about a ten minute walk away from a Tim Horton's/Wendy's combo restaurant, so he may opt to spend his fun money there rather than at the school.

This year, for bag lunches, I'm going away from the crap I used to provide in the past. It'll be healthy options (sandwich/chili/soup/beans/stew, yogurt, string cheese, granola bars, fruit, veggies, ect) instead of the packages of processed fatty/sugary/salty snacks.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2003
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 4:55pm

Both take lunches.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-06-1999
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 5:46pm

>>>>Microwaves.

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 6:30pm
I keep my kids spending account with just enough money in it for the lunch on the menu. If they don't like what they are serving and they want to go out, they have to use their own money. We always have cold-cuts and chips for them to take their own lunch.
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