When the kids were younger (like 2 or 3), and we had to go out to run errands....I did what most moms do: pack snacks! If were were going to be out for awhile, I would pack lunch. I should note that really this food packing was for Sassy Girl. Bossy boy did not eat due to medical reasons, but I packed his medical feeding.
We have a weekly appointment for Bossy Boy at 5:30pm, and typically I would stop at 5:00 and buy the overriced, oversalted, overfat Happy Meal. Additionally, I would pick something up for myself. (now, beyond the money factor....this was doing nothing for my weight loss efforts)
In an effort to save money, I packed the kids dinner. Bossy Boy usually eats at his appointment (as part of the appointment). And Sassy Girl ate her ever so gor-met (you can't use the word gourmet when describing food of this caliber) in the car: cheese cracker sandwiches, grapes, nutrigrain bar, water).
Now, Bossy Boy had a melt down and we ended up leaving his appointment 45 min late. Apparently my gor-met dinner did not tide over one such Sassy Girl. So I stopped and got her some nuggets off the dollar menu, and drink for me, to the tune of $3.17.
Better than the usual $12 I have been spending per week!
Maybe next week I will try and pack her a little better dinner. :)