Let’s welcome back guest author Katie Drake with an interesting food challenge: saving cash by NOT ordering kids’ meals! Sounds counter-intuitive? Read on…
The Kids’ Meal Dilemma
Tell me I’m not the only parent this has happened to: you sit down for lunch, and instead of eating their chicken nuggets and apple sauce, your child is eager to get moving to the next ride.
So you and your spouse pick at the nuggets, eventually throwing most of the meal away. And 30 minutes after lunch is done, you hear the dreaded whine: “I’m hungry.”
No Kids Meal Challenge
I’m not a plate cleaner myself, but I do hate seeing so much food – and money – go to waste. So on our recent trip to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, our group of three families agreed to a challenge: no kids meals.
Instead, the three sets of parents would share their meals with the five kids in the group, supplementing with snacks if we were still hungry.
We figured this would work:
- because Disney’s portions are generally pretty big,
- our kids are still fairly small (ranging in age from one to five years old),
- we’re never actually hungry in the parks anyway since there is so much good stuff to eat by way of snacks.
Always prepared, the moms did supplement our meals a bit. String cheese, juice boxes, crackers, apple sauce, and fruit snacks all made their way into the parks with us, and they were available whenever any child showed the slightest hint of hunger away from a meal or other snack. [Read more…]