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Off the Menu or In Your Kitchen? School Lunch


Price is not the sole consideration.


Tater tots. They're the first things that pop to mind at the mere mention of the phrase "school lunch." But are those tots -- and all the other bits that go into the divided lunch tray -- the best thing for your bottom line when feeding your tots or teens?

Even when pressed for time in the morning, it's easy enough to whip together a to-go lunch if you have the goods on hand (along with an insulated lunch bag or ultra-fun bento box, water bottle, and a sticky note for a "Love you! Mom" message). In this dollars-to-dollars meal comparison, we took your busy schedule to mind and went with some kid-pleasing convenience items. All prices listed are from

School lunch prices have been on the rise, but add in the convenience of skipping the food shopping and prep time, and they're still a good deal. In 2008, the average price for a high school lunch was $1.90.*

* Details here.

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