It’s school days again, and time for the annual conundrum: hot lunch or sack lunch? The problem with hot lunches is that a lot of kids don’t like them, and they’re heavy on carbs, fats and processed meats (hot dogs and pepperoni pizza). School lunches often don’t cater to special needs, for example, if a child is a vegetarian or can’t tolerate gluten or dairy. The alternative is taking a lunchbox or brown bag. Homemade lunches can be both cheaper and more nutritious than what the school serves. They should include a main dish or sandwich, a vegetable, some fruit and a treat, plus a drink. For the full story on how to pack a nutritious, safe lunch, visit Living on the Cheap.