MADISON (WKOW) -- Now that school is back in session, so are lunch duties for parents.
That means even more time spent in the kitchen.
But there are some ways to cut back on that time and save some money.
Christie Hoffman is a local Weight Watchers leader.
She says how you prepare the lunch is important.
You can wash, cut and create zipper baggies full of fruit, veggies or other snacks.
Those can last throughout the week.
Hoffman also says you can multitask to cut back on how much time you're spending in the kitchen.
If you're making chicken for dinner, make an extra piece to cut up onto a salad and put it in the fridge for the next day.
Leftovers are always a good option for kids' lunch boxes.
The children can also be good helpers.
Keep two bins full of lunch items for the week, one in the fridge and one in the pantry.
The kids can pick what they want and throw it into the lunch bags themselves.
It's okay to give yourself a day off, and let the kids buy lunch too.
School districts are now offering healthier items on the menu.
Hoffman says following some of these simple steps and buying in bulk at the grocery store can save you time and money.