I’ve been getting a lot of questions in my classes and a lot of comments on Facebook, “How do you keep the family out of your stock?” Even though you’re stocking up on food and snacks, food is not lasting. Some moms and dads are saying they have to get a lock for the door so the kids won’t get into the food, others put their hands up and don’t know what to do. Here’s what has been working for me since the kids went back to school after Christmas break:
I have a so-so stock of snacks still in the closet back from the Market Basket Nabisco deal back in September. I’ll buy a bag or 2 of chips a week for a new food in their lunches. What Camden and I did today was take Teddy Bears Grahams, Nabisco go pack, granola bars, Cheezits and pretzels and put them all in snack bags. The granola bars were a two a pack, I opened them and gave them 1 each and put it in with the Cheezit bag. I’m now making the granola bars last longer and I’m not wasting snack bags. The Nabisco go packs definitely are 2 servings, so again, I split those up. Two containers of Go-packs were 4 snack bags of snacks. I put all the baggies of snacks in a big basket on the fridge and those are off limits. I rationed everything for a week of school and all I have to do is make their sandwiches in the morning or heat up the soup. Now there are some Cheezits left and a few other left overs, if they get into those bags, I now won’t freak out because I have packed everything for them. Just like we do with dinner menu planning, it helps to do this for school lunches too! Today we packed everything we need for 20 school lunches this week!
I don’t have my food closets locked. This is what we did….
I took the kids shopping with me one afternoon and had them take their money with them. They of course were asking me to buy everything under the sun, I’d tell them no, but let them think they talked me into it. So, we had a cart of food. I told them as we were shopping that these things aren’t even going to last because they’re always eating whenever they feel like it. They didn’t care…..UNTIL, I said before checkout, to give me their money. I let them know that they need to understand how much everything is and how frustrating it was to me that things didn’t last as long as they should in the house. It was time they started paying for some of these things. I wish I had videoed this! We went through all the snacks in the cart and if they wanted it, they had to pay for it. Out of a cart of food, there was only a few things brought home with us, and yes, they had to pay for what they wanted.
After our little learning field trip was when they started asking for snacks, closing the bags of the cereal so it wouldn’t get stale etc. I also came up with this prepacking lunches for the week and I have to say, I think I could sell my little plan here,LOL.
Try it out in your home and let me know how it works for you! Good luck!