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2. Needs vs. wants list and planning ahead
Get clear on what you need to buy on your grocery list to feed the family, and what is considered "extras" or "wants" for your children. Buy the extras in moderation and create some structure as to when your children can have these treats, so not to go overboard or waste.
You can also make it a game or fun, so your children can earn treats and snacks throughout the summer. Planning ahead will also give you a grocery list to work from, vs. buying what looks or seems good to buy while at the store, which allows for the opportunity for overbuying and overspending.
3. Take food with you when you can
When going on trips and outings, pack food and drinks to take with you when you can. This can save you a lot of money compared to buying pricier food and drinks out at restaurants or food trucks/stands.
Get creative in finding ways to cut costs and maintain a similar budget compared to what you had throughout the year.
4. Choose filtered water
Replacing water with pricey soft drinks and juices is not only a healthy choice for your children, but can also save you a lot of money. Bottled water costs add up, so consider a filtered water system (do a Google search of filtered pitcher options available) with BPA free bottles that you can refill.
5. Cut your own produce
Buying pre-packaged food generally costs more, so go for fruits and veggies in their natural form, and pull out those knives and cutting boards at home.