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Monday, August 24, 2009

Lunchbox Builder - $150+ Give Away!

I hope you've been getting in on all the great back to school give aways that have been going on here! No worries if you've missed them, the fun and games aren't over yet!

School is already in full swing here where I live - and packing school lunches is already on my brain and on the brains of many moms here. If you're like most moms, your trying to find the balance between finding foods that are interesting and yummy while still healthy to pack in your kiddo's lunchbox. I know I have a hard time keeping it fresh - you know, so it's not the same ol' same ol' thing.

Well, to keep it fun and fresh, Motts, Smuckers, and Pepperidge Farms have launched a fun little microsite called Lunchbox Builder where you can build a lunchbox, share it in the gallery, and rate other people's designs! Not only that, but you can print some really sweet coupons - but hurry they won't last!
The coupons include:

  • $1/1 Mott's Applesauce
  • $1/1 Smucker's Uncrustable Sandwiches
  • $1/1 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers (12-pk.)
As part of the Motts, Smuckers, and Pepperidge Farms Lunchbox campaign, they sent me a lunchbox care package to try, and they’re letting me give one away one of our lucky readers!

The lunchbox is worth approximately $150, and it includes:

  • An iPod Shuffle (2nd generation - color may vary)
  • Sharpie pens in multiple colors
  • Colored Pencils
  • A Smuckers Uncrustables Container
  • An Optical Mouse
  • A Smuckers Belt Pack
  • A Motts Reusable Shopping Bag
  • A Smuckers Strawberry
  • Pencils
  • Coupons
  • A Walmart Gift Card
  • A Pedometer

In addition, the winner will be receiving 5 Labels for Education, worth 10,000 points each, which can be used by your child’s school!

To enter this contest here is what you should do:

Leave a comment here sharing one lunch tip - either a money saving or time saving (or both!) tip for packing your kidlet's lunch for school. (One entry per person only).

For extra entries you can:
  • Tweet about this give away (up to once per day!). Grab this and post it on Twitter: @CentsibleSawyer is giving away a Lunchbox Prize Pack valued at over $150 thanks to Motts, Pepperidge Farms, and Smuckers! Go enter HERE: http://tinyurl.com/kk8cnx
  • Grab my button and post it on your side bar or add a text link to this blog on your side bar - then come back and leave a separate comment.
  • Blog about this give away and leave a link in the comments section here.
  • Post it on Facebook with a link back here then leave a comment here with your Facebook link.

This Contest ends August 28th at 11:59 EST. The winner will be chosen via random.org and will be announced shortly there after!

292 Comments:

Molly said...

I pack snack bags with sliced apples and grapes for a treat in lunch boxes!

Abbie said...

When I pack sandwiches, I pack the bread, meat, cheese, etc. in separate bags. It doesn't really save time, but it keeps the sandwiches from getting soggy, which saves money, because my kids won't eat soggy sandwiches. :)

The Aldrich's said...

I like to freeze his drink to keep every thing cold. And I save extra condiment packs to pack in his lunch so the bread doesn't get soggy. And as always it is fun to throw a fun size candy bar in occasionally. He is always surprised when I do that.

Julie said...

We try to pack our lunches the evening before school to save time in the morning.

Anonymous said...

When time is really crunched I maked all sandwiches for the five days and freeze them , I make up the side items in seperate bags and I have lunch done for all five kids for all five days. Peanut Butter and Jelly works best on freezing , but Bolonga works well too. I do the sandwiches in wax paper and freeze. The seprate items I place in a large basket on the counter each child can easily grab a milk and applesauce out of the fridge and sandwich out of the freezer and seprate items out of the bag and they have lunch in moments.

Coupon Carousel said...

I try to prepare as much as I can on weekends. I will put carrots, cookies, etc. in baggies for the whole week so my kids just need to grab their snacks of choice to save time in the morning.

My kids love it when I put a little note in their lunch just to let them know that I am thinking about them.

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Sleepless In St. George said...

Freezing a gogurt...by lunch time it is thawed just enough!

Gretchen Magruder said...

The thing that's helped our family the most has been to teach our kids how to UNPACK their lunchbox when they get home from school - making sure they put the plastic containers in the diswasher after school so everything is clean and ready to go the next morning!

BG said...

I pack divy up all the snacks into baggies on Sunday nights for the week. And pack lunches the night before as I am making dinner.

Out in Them Sticks said...

i love packing sliced apples. I make them ahead of time and put 'em in lemon juice and they last a good while.

Out in Them Sticks said...

I tweeted but the post was 23 characters over the limit. I had to shorten it

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So, I can do this once every day for multiple entries?

Deanne said...

I divide snacks like Goldfish crackers into little baggies so they're easy to grab and pack!

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Jennifer said...

To speed up the morning lunch prep and make it a bit healthier, I pre-divide the large bag of chips, tortillas, crackers, cookies, etc into 100 calorie portions in ziploc bags. Then I just toss one in with a sandwich or whatever else my kiddo wants for lunch that day!

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micah said...

On Sunday night, we divide up fruit and vegetables into individual snack bags and place in the refrigerator. My kids love baby carrots and grape size tomatoes. We also pack all lunches the evening before, place their lunch boxes or cooler bags in the refrigerator the night before. This way, everything is ready and it is all cold before they start out.

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Frugal Felicia said...

Freeze juice the night before. Use the juice as an ice pack to keep the other items in the lunch box cold.

Angela said...

I make his lunch the night before, just in case we end up running late in the morning, and that happens a lot!!

Crista said...

I save the extra condiment packets that you get from restaurants and pack those into lunchbags. Much easier than trying to pack individual condiments in tiny containers.

Anonymous said...

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Lisa K said...

Freeze grapes in a baggie. They will help keep the lunch cool and are an icy cool treat for lunch.
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kathy said...

my daughter likes to pack her lunch after dinner while we are in the kitchen cleaning up. it saves alot of headache in the morning.

Lisa K said...

I laughed when I saw you asked for time saving tips. My favorite lunch memory was went my High School Junior was in third grade and he bought lunch all year long. Ahhhhhh! Money has to be spent more wisely now so my husband, 11th grader and 3rd grader all pack while I eat leftovers at home.
But that was one easy lunch year.....
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Kelly S. said...

My little girl will be going to kindy next year but I have already thought about doing Bento lunches to keep things interesting and so she doesn't get bored with lunch.

Anne said...

When packing PB&J's I spread a small amount of PB on both pieces of bread then put the jelly on one slice. It keeps the bread from getting soggy from the jelly.
Anne

Alyssa said...

We prepare sandwiches (mainly PB&J) on Sunday night, wrap them as if the were being packed, but stick them in the freezer. Saves us ALOT of time in the mornings when it's time to get lunches ready.

smdrm said...

Pack what you can the night before. Have portions ready in individual bags when possible. Freeze drinks to keep things cold and have cold drink at lunchtime.

Anonymous said...

We try to make the lunches ahead of time, and I have gotten alot of good tips reading the other comments.

Victoria
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Monique said...

I pack lunches the night before. On sunday we make a list of what they want to eat that week. So i don't have to figure out what they will and will not eat

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Monique

carrie said...

taking a little extra time in preparation like cutting the sandwich with cookie cutters to add some fun, etc.
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Anonymous said...

I buy a big box of cheese crackers, etc. and portion them out into small ziplocks. Then I put them back into the empty box and into the pantry. That way they are neatly stored and we just grab what we need.
Thanks
Danielle
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Sashafras said...

My dd gets lunch at school for a reduced price so that saves us a lot of money. But on days that she doesn't want the school lunch we pack it the night before so we don't have to worry about it in the morning.

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Anonymous said...

We pack our lunches in the morning while the kids are eating breakfast. Eveything is already divided out and the choices are easy... My youngest loves frozen fruit... and it helps keep everything else cold :)


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Sarah J said...

My kids love yogurt. I freeze it and then it doesn't get all warm and gross by the time lunch comes around. It has time to thaw and then still be cold by lunch time.

Justine said...

I keep a box in the pantry. Every weekend, I fill it will various snack items (either pre-packaged or Ziplocs of crackers, chips, bars, cookies etc.). I keep fruit cups in another box. After making the sandwich, we all know to grab one fruit, one sweet, one salty, a drink from the fridge - and out the door we go!

hayley said...

i have a sandwich-making shelf in my cupboard. it has bread, peanut butter, honey, sandwich bags, and a plastic knife in it so i can just stand in one spot to make sandwiches. i have a plastic knife because it's different from the silverware ones, so when it comes out of the dishwasher i know where it goes and i always have it when i need it. you could even put all of these items in a basket in the pantry and just pull out the basket when it's time to make sandwiches.
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Terri said...

I enlist my 1st grader and 4 year old to take snacks in large bags and package in snack size ziplocs. they count 15 pretzels for each bag or 2 medicine cups of raisins etc. Helps them practice counting/measuring and saves ME tons of time and work! plus they think it's fun!

lovinsanta said...

I used to buy the little bottles of water because my daughter doesn't drink milk, but this year I invested in the aluminum drinking bottle for her. The saves a ton of money and helps the environment. Now I just add ice and filtered water from the faucet and it is still cold when she gets home. LOVES IT...just wish I would have done it 2 years ago!

Heather

staceyk said...

I make tuna fish the night before so all I have to do is spread it on the bread the next morning.
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sassy stephanie said...

I love little containers, like bento boxes to separate things like veggies, dip, crackers, tuna salad, etc.

Ashley said...

Freeze water or juice, and put in the lunchbox frozen so it will keep everything else cold.

Jay said...

We've been reusing the plastic baby food jars to put raisins, yogurt, or other snacks in.
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Jawan said...

To save money, I've stopped using plastic baggies and now place my son's sandwich and fruit in plastic containers that I can easily wash each evening.

Cherese said...

When making PB&J sandwiches, I put peanut butter on both sides of bread and then jelly on top of one side. It helps to keep the jelly from making the bread soggy.

Lila said...

Sometimes we pack hormel compleats or banquet meals that we get cheap with double coupons. Makes a change from sandwiches.

Mary said...

The best way to save time is to pack the lunch the night before. If you make beef stew for the family's dinner, for example, you can put the leftovers in a thermos for the next day's lunch.

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FunkyFrum said...

the local pizza parlor does 2 dollar large pizzas once a month. i normally buy three and then freeze the slices. i just throw them into my middle schooler's lunchbox throughout the month when i know she is going to be having a long day (liek those days when there is band before school and drama after and i don't see her until 7 p.m., I think the pizza is the only thign that keeps me from picking up a complete grouch at the end of the day)

Carols said...

We pack snack size bags with sides like apples, grapes, carrots, and crackers. We also have a container that has prepackaged snack size items so that the kids can help by pick something out that they want to take.

steele family said...

I make wraps instead of sandwiches. You can do them the night before and the tortillas don't get soggy like bread does.

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judy said...

I always pack the lunches the night before school and I let the kids pick out one thing that they get to take for lunch.

becki said...

i've bought ziploc sandwich containers for my daughters sandwich and fruit. then i don't have to buy individual cups that are more expensive, i just open a can and put some of it in her ziploc container and use the rest for the next day.

just jennifer said...

Great ideas here! I do a lot of them and should do a few more. We seem to be so busy the night before and once the kids go to bed I'm ready for some me time.

I do the frozen gogurt. Frozen juice but sometimes it doesn't get liquid-y enough. I try to keep a spare luchables (or 2) in the freezer for those "no way do we have time" lunches!

Lisa said...

I freeze juice and place it in the lunch box. By the time lunch rolls around it is thawed and also keeps everything cool.

Anonymous said...

To save both time and money, as I clear up the dinner table, I make up a lunch for the next day with any left overs. If it's a weekend, just pop it into the freezer and move it to the refridgerator the night before.

Round it our with fresh fruit a salad or fruit cup.

Thanks,
Susanne
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Bloggin' Mama said...

When packing a thermos with a hot soup or pasta dish, fill the thermos with hot water and let sit for a few minutes to warm up the stainless. This will keep the food warm longer.

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MamaFeelgood said...

We always pack a lunch the night before and I let the little one decide what fruit he gets each day

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Amanda said...

Packing lunches the night before is a great time saver!

liz said...

My tip is that I always pack my small child's lunch in ziploc sanwich baggies... nakes it easier for her to open.

Shawn and Kimberly AKA Daddy and Mommy said...

I save napkins and plastic silverware from our fastfood outings to put in the lunch box. It saves money on both and I don't have to worry about getting the silverware back. Thanks for the giveaway!

Denise G. said...

We do wraps or tuna with crackers. We also have a snack basket to choose the sides.

Laura said...

I always pack the night before so we don't forget it or to pack healthy snacks!

lmg.217 said...

I like to save time by packing lunches the night before

mom1093 said...

We make our own lunchables. We cut up the lunchmeat & cheese put it in a container with some crackers in a baggie. We also freeze our juice box to help keep everything else cold & we pack the night before.

Rhonda C, said...

We try to pack lunches the night before and get everything cold made and ready to grab and put in the lucnch box and head out the door.

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Anonymous said...

My daughter is just starting Kindergarten, so I don't have any experience packing lunches yet. I hope to make snack bags of fruit and other snacks or veges for lunches when she needs to pack one.
Stacey
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Stoots Family said...

I love using a variety of cookie cutters to cut out my boys' sandwiches. Whatever the season/holiday I use my cookie cutters for that time! My boys don't eat the edge of the bread so they love it!
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kristina said...

i prepare my son's packed lunch the night before so he's ready to go in the morning and we aren't being rushed.

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Darlene said...

I make my own uncrustables and will be freezing gogurt too. A lot of the time my daughter packs her own lunch, which in turn saves time for me.

Nessykins said...

To save time I do the lunch the night before and my kiddy helps me prepare it. Also, sometimes I use leftovers or stuff I got real cheap from using coupons. To save money I use coupons + sales!

Beth J said...

to make peanut butter sandwiches not soggy, put peanut butter on both sides of the sandwich! put the jelly/jam in the middle and that way, the jelly/jam won't seep through on the other side of the bread! my husband taught me that when we got married! ha

Anonymous said...

I don't buy small, prepackaged snacks. I seperate larger quantities into snack size ziplocs and place in a basket so the kids can grab whatever snacks they want and I save $ buy buying larger quantities and packaging them myself.
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audreypawdrey said...

I make sandwiches on the weekend, freeze them, and then you can just grab one in the morning as you are heading out the door. Plus, you don't need a freezer pack!

Amber said...

I don't pack lunches for my daughter yet, but I've made cloth reusable pouches for snacks out of fabric scraps left over from my projects. I keep them in the car and my diaper bag.

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Anonymous said...

To save time I bag us everything I can for the week on Sunday night. I make up 5 bags of chips, 5 bags of grapes, etc. and store them. This is a HUGE help on busy school nights.

Janet
j1029d@yahoo.com

Tracy M said...

Buy snacks in bulk size and then repackage individual servings into reuseable containers.

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Anonymous said...

I send the kids snacks in reusable containers, plus lots of fruit... equals, no packaging...lol
Petra
fraudrpepper@hotmail.com

Karen said...

i like to pack apples for a healthy snack in a reusable bag!

kd said...

I always pack lunches in reusable containers. No plastic bags or single-serving items at our house! I prepare lunches the night before which makes mornings easier.

Stacy said...

I make sammies ahead of time and freeze them, this makes it quick and easy to grab and go!

tori said...

I ask the kids to make their lunch box requests the night before. That way, I can have everything packed and ready to go before the big morning rush.

Letherton said...

I send a frozen water bottle. It keeps the lunch cold and is a healthy beverage option.

Shannon said...

Freeze the juice box so it acts like an ice pack. sgegutz@gmail.com

Coupon Person said...

Pack the lunch the night before. School mornings are always busy around here!

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Mrs. Smith said...

I bake several batches of muffins, cookies, and freeze them, so it's easy to pack little snacks to go with the lunches!

independentmami said...

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Anonymous said...

I try to buy the frozen pb&j sandwhiches and by the time they go to eat it, it will be thawed and and ready to eat. SHOLLAND12@CINCI.RR.COM

Kristi said...

Pack lunches the night before

dor said...

I like to put crackers, cheese, meat, fruit and vegetables along with a healthy sandwich but the best thing he liked....freezing his juice or water drink. It keeps his lunch cool and drink just perfect at lunchtime. Yes, and a small note to make him smile.

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Mrs Save Alot said...

i freeze my kids drink and grapes to put in their lunchbox. this keeps their sandwich cold and makes a great treat for their lunchboxes.

Heather said...

To save time I make lunches at night. We are always running behind in the morning, so it's one less thing to do.

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Anonymous said...

I also make lunch the night before and I always put fruit in his lunch bag as he loves fruit.

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Stephanie said...

Buy in bulk and make individual packages myself instead of buying them and always shop sales and use coupons.
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Anonymous said...

I found some animal shaped cookie cutters at a thrift store, they are plastic and have a lot of detail that is imprinted on them. They don't work very well for cookies, but they work great for this. If you take the cutter and press it onto a piece of bread, I kind of use my finger to push it into the cutter, and it makes an imprint of the animal on the bread. My girls love to find a new animal on their sandwich every day:)

B said...

I like to freeze a juice box to keep lunch cold until time to eat. My kids are older (college) now but I left messages for them to read at lunch.

Anonymous said...

Buy those Lunchables that come with everything, drink and dessert. A big time saver!
Mike
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Yvonda said...

Best way to save time is by packing "Lunchables"; everything that your child needs is right in one pack. Easy for Mom!
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missy said...

We use a lot of wraps for lunch. We make cheese quesadillas, pepperoni pizzas and pb&j wraps.Easy and fun. The kids love it.

Laurie said...

My kids love it when I pack lunches for them because I would insert a little note or poem for them to read. A sample poem would read something like this:

"Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I hope you do great on your test...
I'm praying for you!"

The kids and even their friends would look forward to my notes! I found all my notes in my daughter's room in a box when I was cleaning it one day. :)

Mark & Heather Mac said...

When packing lunch I make sure to freeze the juice box and use it for an ice pack. We make grilled cheese pizza sandwhiches (grill cheese with tomato sauce and pepperoni). Tadah!

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jennyd said...

i freeze yogurt and then place in lunchbox its still cold when its time to eat lunch

Renee said...

Have enjoyed reading all of the tips, and have picked up a couple for myself. What we do has mostly been mentioned. I make the sandwiches on Sunday and freeze. I use the Pampered Chef sandwich sealer. We also do as much pre-packing on Sunday as we can and freeze the drinks.
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Heather Rakosnik said...

A favorite lunch of my children is when I microwave a hotdog and put it in a thermos and put a bun and condiment packages in their lunchbox. When it is lunch time, they can make their own hotdogs. Usually, I include chips and fruit with it. It's a nice change from sandwiches.

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Michelle said...

To save my self from going crazy the next day I try to get the "Dry" stuff in the lunch box. For example chips,napkin,gummies,sweet little note,etc. All that's left in the morning is sandw.,drink:)
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Janet and Maya said...

I try to plan out the lunches for the whole week - this is a timesaver. It takes me longer to figure out what to make than it does to make it :)

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joannamarieprice@yahoo.com said...

My son is only 7 months, so I have yet to pack him a lunch... I save time for myself, though, by preparing salads ahead of time into individual tupperware containers. Lettuce & lots of veggies! Then just add dressing, and go!

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Stacey Moore said...

we freeze our drinks and then they serve as ice packs as well!
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Nicole said...

I have my daughter help make sandwiches and snacks now (she's 3). I figure by the time she goes to school she'll be able to put together most of her lunch by herself.

Annette D said...

I try to get most of my son's lunch put together the night before and only make the sandwich in the morning rush!
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rankin1997 said...

I save money and help the environment by using reusable containers instead of plastic bags

Whitney said...

When we have leftover, we simply put them in their boxes the night before and just grab and go in the morning. Keeping fruit sliced is also a time saver.

Nancy W. said...

Use a plastic sandwich box and save money on baggies. Also to save time and money buy chips and cookies in larger packages and repackage them several packages at a time for lunches.

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Drainefamily said...

Use cookie cutters to cut the sandwiches into fun shapes!

SH said...

I like to put cute smiley face ice pks in lunch box.

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icunursemicki said...

Get extra condiment packages when you are out. This really come in handy for luches )

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Anonymous said...

I don't have any experience yet, but I'm certain that the more I can get packed the night before, the easier it will be to get out the door in the morning.

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Teresa said...

If possible always pack at night it saves time in the morning :)

Fun times with the Larsen's said...

I have the kids take turns making the lunches in the morning. It lets them practice being responsible and in charge of something. Thanks!

Lynn said...

I make things ahead of time and freeze them for the future. I have my son pick out the unrefrigerated parts of the lunch, goldfish or whatever, and put those plus the water bottle in the lunch box, then the next day I make the sandwich and put it in the box and then in the backpack. Works out great!

jujuaa11 said...

No school kids here anymore but lots of grandkids. I pass on tips to their parents and also like to buy little treats to add to their boxes. For myself, Tupperware is a big cost savings.

Amy said...

I make our lunch the night before and put it in the refrigerator.

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Mama Llama said...

On Sunday night, I make 5 PB&J sandwiches (don't ask - it's all this kid eats!), wrap them well, and freeze them. I pack one a day, and by lunchtime the sandwich has thawed. It keeps everything else in his lunch cold (like yogurt) better than an ice pack ever did. PLUS! There are no ice packs to 'accidentally' throw away.

I also freeze grapes, little pieces of melon, pineapple, etc.

Pam said...

I pack lunches the night before, and sometimes I'll send a granola bar or muffin instead of the sandwich.

Maria said...

i like to use a good thermos. We have one of those lands ends that are used from recycled water bottles and can hold liquids for up to 5 hours.

The Conner Family said...

In addition to a lot of what has already been said. My kids sometimes like pizza and hotdogs for lunch. So I sometimes make mini pizzas with canned bisucits (I flatten them some, cook the biscuit a little then add the sauce, cheese, and pepperoni-or just cheese) also instead of hotdogs sometimes I make stringcheese dogs. I just melt the cheese in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and put it into the bun. One of my kids want ketchup on it so i add a few drops of ketchup on top. The stringcheese hotdogs are fast and easy. The kids say the mini pizzas are good.

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Sams842 said...

We stick yogurt and grapes in the freezer the night before. These taste great for lunch the next day.

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Angela said...

Put all your things together the night before, saving time in the morning.

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Anne said...

First, I must say my son has been using the same lunch bag since 2nd grade (he started 8th this year). So a good quality lunch bag is a convenience and money saver. As far as lunches, I try to have plenty of lunchmeat, peanut butter, jelly, and bread on hand so he has some choices, as well as a variety of healthy snacks like apples from our tree.

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Marion said...

I bought some divided plates with lids from Walmart a few years back for $.99. They are Nubby brand. I don't have to use baggies and I am able to pack things and they don't get squished. I know every day I have to pack only 3 things (one per space in the plate) usually a fruit, and preztels or chips but I get creative sometime with my protein (hotdog, ppb, lunch meat &cheese, pasta, etc) .

Another money saving thing I do it I sometimes send a cut hotdog so I just save all those fast food ketchup packs and send one of those.

Happy lunch packing!

Lori A. said...

The number one thing that helps us is to have lunches packed the night before.

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rskmom said...

I buy large bags of snacks and then put them in sandwich bag servings all at once.

mramos05 said...

my kids help make their lunches and it gets done in no time flat in the mornings.

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Jane said...

We use reuseable sandwich baggies ,and metal water bottles that they fill w/ ice & water in the morning. Packing 1/2 our lunch the night before really helps out too.

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You can freeze the drink boxes and it will keep the other items cool till lunch time.

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bugsi033 said...

On Sunday, chop up celery & carrot sticks and put into individual containers. Also, separate fruit the same. Cut up bananas & freeze in serving size baggies. Not only makes packing lunches faster, but the after school snacks will be healthier.

Anonymous said...

I plan meals in advance during weekend which includes lunches and snacks and post the schedule on the fridge door. It makes it easier to shop and stops those last minute what do I make moments.

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Tisa said...

I buy snacks and nuts in bulk and then put them into snack size baggies. Thanks! ~ :)

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one frugal lady said...

My kids have been complaining about me packing "healthy lunches"... so to save time and get them to still eat great, I combine items, like putting sliced bananas on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
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Lindsey said...

When you get home from the grocery, go ahead and slice up carrots and celery sticks for the week, and put them in little baggies in the fridge. This can also be done with some fruits, such as berries, and you can do apples and pears with a little lemon juice the night before. The kids will love the extra tang! This saves money b/c you're doing the work yourself instead of buying packs of already-cut-up products, and you save time by doing it all at once.

I also make pb&j sandwiches the night before -- they won't get soggy if you put a little peanut butter on both slices of bread.

Bree said...

I send soup or chili in a small thermos once a week, on those cold winter days. Gives the kids a break from cold sandwiches.

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TZel said...

We are always sure to add fresh fruits and veggies to our lunches to make them healthier. Thank you!

Susan said...

I make variety the priority for my daughter's lunches so she never gets bored. She's always been a great eater. And adding a small thermos to the lunch bag so I can send warm items has been extremely helpful.

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free indeed said...

I freeze their yougurt cups and pop them in the lunch box before they leave for school. It keeps other things cool, and by lunch time it has thawed for eating.

Anonymous said...

I use pita pocket bread to make
sandwiches, I even use them to
put cheese cubes into the pockets.
I put grapes into the pockets or
I put a salad into the pocket. I
have even put cookies into the
pockets. And surprising the
pockets never come home uneaten.


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Eliza said...

I have my older child do his own, and help out his younger brother. Then I don't have to do as much work!

A's Mom said...

I've found using small IKEA containers hold the perfect size of sandwich and snacks without having to worry about trash.

Abby said...

Pack the night before...saves so much time in the morning!

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dk said...

When I buy meat and cheese a pre package for my sandwiches in snack bags so all I have to do is grab and go. I do the same with the bread/mustard - grab a couple bags from the freezer and I'm out the door. This "giveaway" looks amazing. I could use EVERY-thing in it. I've been considering an ipod shuffle - to help "shuffle" off some weight. *fingers crossed* I hope I win. Thanks for a fantastic blog!

Sarai said...

Without a doubt, making lunches the night before saves me the most time!

Gina said...

I pack ou lunche the night before so they are ready to go in the morning.

.j.e.n.p.c. said...

I like to look at the Kraft website for packed lunches. there are some delish ideas on there

Kristy said...

My money and time saving tip is to make your own snack sizes of things. Just buy a normal size of the item and then separate it into single servings in snack bags or containers. Do this ahead of time to save lots of time. Buying the regular size saves money over buying prepackaged smaller servings.

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Anonymous said...

I love all the ideas and will be putting some to use---my counter if full boxed items from the store that I don't have room for. Pre packing is a great idea and putting them back in the original boxes is smart.

cksknitter said...

I save money by making my own form of "Lunchables". Meat, cheese, and tasty crackers in a reusable container. It costs less than 25% of what I would pay for the prepackaged lunch!
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Faerie Mom said...

I freeze a water bottle to pack with the food. It keeps everything cold and keepd DD from drinking junk!

Shelley with Triplets said...

My kids love cheese and crackers and salami for lunch. Quick and easy to fix and much less expensive than lunchables.

Carolyn G said...

Use cookie cutters to make fun shapes for sandwiches. Buy snacks in bulk.

Colleen said...

Plan the night before!!!

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Thao said...

I like the square plastic baby food containers because you can reuse them for all sorts of things. You can pack smallish snacks like goldfish in them and it won't be a large portion either.


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