Sunday Prep: Back to School

It’s back to school season for us as music teachers! While we both love summer and all the adventure it can bring, we are happy to be going back to our usual routines. The best thing we have found that helps us start the week off right is by doing what we call Sunday Prep. We look ahead at our week to come and create a meal plan and a shopping list that will best fit the activities for the week ahead. By doing so, you can save quite a bit of money and a HUGE amount of time. If you have parts of meals already started or packed you won’t be running out for lunch or picking something up for dinner on the way home.

For the purpose of today’s blog, we are going to focus on saving money by packing your own lunch. You might be thinking can’t you just do that the night before? Well, yes you could but I can also talk myself out of that pretty quickly too and then the next thing I know I’m not making the healthiest choices or I can’t find time to run out and grab something (or there aren’t any vegan choices) so I skip the meal and raid the cupboard when I get home. I’ve found that if I don’t have to think about it on work nights or work mornings, if I can just grab and go with minimal assembly I am much more successful!

What’s for Lunch: Jenna $1.35 per day

Chickpea Salad Lettuce Wraps.

Cut up fresh veggies

Energy Bite

What’s for Lunch: Jon $2.18 per day

Chickpea Pattie

Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, and Carrot

A Nectarine

Sautéed Swiss Chard

This does take some preparation, but the payoff is well worth it in my opinion!


We did the math and our meals were super filling and very cheap!

Since we new we were busy every evening this week I also went ahead and meal prepped my breakfast too. Thank goodness for overnight oats!

We bought frozen pomegranate arils and I used them in my overnight oats and it worked really well! I will be doing that again! Why spend big bucks on breakfast sandwiches when you can have something just as portable and much more filling for pennies and a little bit of planning.

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