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Walmart Challenge: How to Save Money Packing School Lunches
December 4, 2015 – 09:14 pm

Even though it is only mid August, back to school is in the air! Here in Upstate NY the kiddos don’t head back until after Labor Day-but I know many of my friends farther south and west have the kids heading back any day.

With the return of school comes the return of school lunches. Although I occasionally buy lunch for the kids via the school lunch program, I’m a big fan of packing a lunch. Not only can you save money, but you know exactly what your children are eating and, if you teach them to bring home all uneaten food, you can see how much they are eating as well. And if you have a child with a food allergy or are using organic foods, well packing your child’s lunch is a no brainer!

So when we were told that this month’s Walmart Mom Grocery Challenge should be about back to school-well I knew that I wanted to talk about how to save money on school lunches.

Here are my top tips for saving money when packing school lunches.

1. Use washable and reusable containers.

Paper lunch sacks. Plastic sandwich baggies. When you use those items you are literally throwing money away each day. Instead buy containers in a variety of sizes to fit your lunchbox needs. Here are a few of my favorites:

There are a million uses for the . . . I don’t know if I could pack my kids lunches without them! I still have most of the original package I bought when Princess entered Kindergarten (and she’s in 5th this coming year) plus I bought a new package last year. I just wash & reuse and wash & reuse. They are worth every penny I paid for them (which is $2.28 for 8).

I have several different kinds of rigid storage containers for sending in sandwiches. Let’s face it, no one likes squashed bread. Glad and Rubbermaid both make sandwich sized containers that are washable and reuseable-I have some of both of those. These new Great Value brand ones from Walmart are sort of a “clam shell”-so the lid is attached.

Although some schools have microwaves and will warm up food for the kids, I prefer to send soups & leftovers in to school in a sturdy thermos. Don’t buy the plastic ones-they don’t hold the heat at all!

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