Healthy lunches can make your children's school day both enjoyable and productive. The cost of providing these lunches can be quite expensive. The costs will vary depending on the eating habits of your children. While many schools provide a healthy lunch at a reasonable cost, making your own lunches at home may be less expensive.

Activity One:

The school lunch program offers meals at \$2.00 per day. Answer the following questions.

1. How much will these lunches cost on a weekly basis?

2. If there are 20 school days in the average month, how much will lunches cost on a monthly basis?

3. Most children attend class approximately 190 days a year. What would be the total cost for school lunches throughout the year?

Activity Two:

You have two children attending school. They stay to lunch each day. You make your own lunches at home.

1. Each week when you grocery shop you spend approximately \$16.00 on lunch items. What is the average cost per child for weekly lunches assuming your children attend school five days per week?

2. If you would have to pay \$2.00 per day for each child, what is the actual saving involved in making your own lunches?

3. Using the information in questions one and two, what would be the combined costs of weekly lunches if your children decide to have lunch in the school cafeteria two days per week?

Activity Three:

Many times grocery stores have specials when you buy in bulk. Check out the best buys in this activity. Answer the following questions.

1. Juice boxes are regularly 19¢ cents each. This week you can buy a case of 12 juice boxes for \$5.99. How much money will you save by buying the case of 12 juice boxes?

2. Your children love to have hotdogs for lunch. An eight pack of wieners cost \$2.49. A pack of 8 buns sell for 99¢. How much will each hotdog cost if you make your own?

3. Hotdogs are available in the cafeteria for 15¢ each. How much will you save if you provide your own?

Activity Four:

1. Juice boxes at 39¢ each or three for \$1.00

2. Eight hotdog buns at 99¢ or \$1.19 for a dozen.

3. Apples at 55¢ each or \$3.99 a dozen.

Activity Five:

The following problems cannot be solved. Can you figure out why?

1. Oranges are on sale for \$3.99 a dozen. You can also buy them for \$5.00 per kilogram. Which is the best buy?

2. One hundred milliliter juice boxes are on sale for 39¢ each. You have found that you get a better buy by buying the large containers at \$2.49 and filling them up with your own one hundred milliliter containers. How much money do you save per container?

3. All of your children stay in school for lunch. Each lunch costs \$2.00. What is your total cost per week?