Now is the time to start thinking about whether you will be sending your kids to school with a lunch box or lunch money, after all, part of cooking includes preparing lunches for yourself and your kids.
During the Texas state sales tax holiday this weekend, lunch boxes are included in the list of items that you do not have to pay sales tax on. Any store you visit in Texas, including all Houston-area department stores and grocery stores, must honor the sales tax weekend. You don't have to ask for the deal, you will automatically not be charged tax on qualifying school supplies and school clothes when you pay at the register. For a full list of school supplies that are included and answers to any of your questions, go to the state of Texas's website and look for sales tax holiday.
Even if you don't have kids, getting yourself a lunch box is a great way to save some money during the week by brown-bagging it a few times without using an actual bag that can get your lunch crushed and doesn't keep it cold. Check out the essentials on the following pages that you must have before the first day of school to send your child (or yourself) with a meal that will still be intact and great-tasting at lunchtime.