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Here you can find a variety of yummy, healthy recipes and fun-filled activities for the whole family! As well as some tips and tricks on everyday expenses!


Recipes To Make With The Family

This week we have some easy lunches that you can make for your children. Most of the ideas below are customizable, and it’s easy to mix and match ingredients and sides based on what your children love to eat (and what they refuse to touch). You can find more on moneycrashers.com.


Not -Quite-A-Sandwich Roll-Ups

Sure, this is almost a sandwich, but your kids won’t realize it because it has no bread. It’s also easy to sneak a few greens into the middle

TOTAL TIME: 10 mins

SERVINGS: As much as you want

INGREDIENTS

  • Turkey or roast beef lunch meat

  • Sliced Swiss cheese or a cheese stick

  • Spinach

  • Mayo or avocado (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • If you choose to include mayo or avocado, spread it directly on the turkey or roast beef.

  • Add a thin layer of spinach, then put the sliced cheese or cheese stick on top.

  • Roll everything up, and you’re good to go.

Serve With

  • Apple slices

  • Whole-grain crackers

  • Salted edamame


Mini-Pizzas

From most kids’ perspectives, you can’t go wrong with mini-pizzas. Ever.

TOTAL TIME: 5 mins

SERVINGS: 1

INGREDIENTS

  • A halved whole-grain English muffin or whole-wheat bagel

  • Pizza sauce

  • Shredded mozzarella

  • Pepperoni

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Keep each ingredient separate, and let your child assemble their own pizza at lunch.

Serve With

  • Leftover meatballs with extra sauce for dipping

  • Sliced pears

  • Sugar snap peas


Pesto Pasta

Most kids love pasta, so this is an obvious choice. Pasta is affordable, can be used in a ton of different ways, and is healthy, especially if you buy fiber-enriched or veggie pasta.

TOTAL TIME: 15 mins

SERVINGS: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • Whole-grain or veggie pasta

  • Pesto

  • Chicken (Optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Boil pasta the night before and store in the refrigerator.

  • The next morning, toss with pesto.

  • Add some chicken for protein.

Serve With

  • A side salad with croutons and grape tomatoes with a small container of dressing

  • Cubed watermelon or cantaloupe

  • String cheese

Activities For The Whole Family

Here are some activities that the whole family can do together. It ranges from going outside to staying in the house. Check out some more ideas to do with the family here!


Family Baking & Decorating

A fun family activity is to do some baking. Make your own candy land with some goodies such as cookies, cupcakes, or a big cake. The baking itself is fun, but the kids will definitely enjoy the decorating even more. Make it a contest between parents and children, or you can make it everyone for themselves. Anyone can join in on the fun!

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Age: 5+

Time: 30-60 min.

Cost: $10+ (Depending on toppings)

What is needed:

  • Cake/cookie mix

  • Frosting

  • Sprinkles

  • Any additional toppings


Family Game Night

Family Game Nights are the best! Try having a night where the whole family comes together to play games at least once a week. It will give the children something to look forward to and it will allow some time for family bonding. Find games that will keep both parents and children interested.

Age: Typically 5+ (Depends on the game)

Time: 20-90 min. (Depends on the game)

Cost: Free if you have board games, $5+ if you have to buy

Here is a link to some board games under $10 at Target!

What is needed:

  • Board Game

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Family Beach Day

The beach is a great place to spend a family day. Not only does it take up a whole day, but children have so many activities they can do. Such as building sand castles,going swimming, playing volleyball, etc. So much fun to be had spending time at the beach. It’s time to make a splash!

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Age: All ages

Time: All day

Cost: Free

What is needed:

  • Swim Clothes

  • Sunblock

  • Snacks (optional)

  • Water Floats (optional)

  • Sand Castle Tools (optional)


Tips and Tricks For Parents

The children are headed back to school in a few weeks. Yayyy!!

Time to go buy school supplies. Boooo!!

Here are some tips on where and what to buy when you are on the hunt for affordable school supplies!

WHERE TO GET THE SUPPLIES:

One of the more affordable places to get school supplies right now is Target. Most of their supplies are under $1 online. Right now is the perfect time to buy so that you can get it out of the way and get it done before prices start to rise. Some other places to look is Walmart and the Dollar Store.

If you need to buy in bulk, Amazon and Costco are good places to look. Recently Costco had a bundle deal that had highlighters, pens, notebooks, and other essentials for a total of $10. They do not have the bundle online, only in stores.

WHAT YOUR CHILD MIGHT NEED: (Click the images for links to each item on the lists)

Fun Games To Play

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Which two numbers add up to the number on the left?


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