Packing a family picnic could get costly, and you might not even end up pleasing everyone. So, if you are packing a picnic for an outing at a theme park, Water Park, dirt track races, or other family event, why not pack for hunger, rather than pleasure? Here’s how to pack a cheap and easy picnic meal that will satisfy your family’s hunger:
One Kind of Meat. Skip the expensive luncheon meats, and ice down several packages of wieners. Cold wieners wrapped in bread taste delicious on a hot day. This way, everyone eats the same meat, and you don’t have to worry about the cost. (Try to buy wieners when they are on sale for a dollar a package and stock up. When you get ready for an outing, all you have to do is thaw and ice the packages down.) Stay away from the cheese-stuffed wieners. These do not taste as good eaten right from the package.
Two Types of Bread. Skip the hot dog buns, altogether. You can likely get a whole loaf of bread for less than you would pay for a package of hot dog buns. Bread is cheap, so do give your family two choices of bread: white and wheat (unless your entire family prefers one type of bread). You might even think about taking an extra loaf of bread. The bread heats up when it sits in your hot vehicle (even in the trunk), and your family might end up enjoying slices of bread without anything with it.
A Variety of Soda. Don’t waste your money buying brand name soda. Go to the dollar store and buy a cheaper variety of sodas, the off brand sodas. Make sure that you get orange soda, strawberry soda, cola soda, and other variations that the store offers. Your family will enjoy the change, and the flavor dresses up the wiener sandwiches. Plus, your family needs the sugar for an energy boost, and these drinks can provide this energy boost for them. Make sure you buy canned sodas, rather than bottled sodas, and ice these down really well.
No sandwich spreads. Some in your family like mayonnaise; some like mustard; some like Ranch. What a hassle! Make it easy on yourself. Just skip these spreads all together. This will save you money, leave you less to pack, and reduce the chance of your family getting sick from spoiled sandwich spreads. Even better, the smaller kids can make their own sandwich because it only requires wrapping pieces of bread around wieners. How is that for simplicity? Don’t even think for a second that your family would be unhappy with this meal. This cheap meal works well for a hungry family.
Stay with Sun Chips. Like luncheon meat, each family member has a preference when it comes to chips. You could buy a variation, but why not just serve Sun Chips? This easy chip provides the crunch your family wants to go with their sandwiches; plus, it provides a wholesome snack by itself. Too, Sun Chips have a tint of sugar, so this helps cure a sugar craving. Say no to greasy potato chips that provide empty calories and serve your family up some substance with Sun Chips. You could even choose flavored Sun Chips, instead of traditional.
You now know the best way to pack a cheap picnic meal for your family. The only other things necessary for a good picnic is lots of bottled water and some wet wipes. Also, be sure to take a large baggie so that you can discard your trash in case a trash can is not near your picnic area. Plenty of ice, plenty of food, and plenty of simplicity could mean plenty of fun.