Today, I just checked, there are coupons for ziplock bags and the little containers over HERE. I used 77477 and looked under “household”. I use these for all the little things I send to lunch for them. I buy larger sizes and break them into smaller instead of buying “snack size” which usually costs more per ounce.
I like to send, raisins, mini pickles, cubed cheese and ham, shredded carrots (I have no idea why my kids like this!) chunks of fruit, sunflower seeds and tons more.
To help save on school lunches I make a lot of my own pudding, jello and treats. If I can get a killer deal on fruit roll ups and granola bars of course I buy them but for things like jello and pudding it is just too cheap to make! Plus, it tastes better then the pre-packaged stuff.
The night before, after the kids are in bed OR new for me this year, my 11 and 9 year old daughters make pudding and jello for the next day. They pour them into the little ziplock containers and toss them in the fridge overnight.
I also use the little containers for small fruit, chunks of cheese, ham, mini pickles, chunks of fruit and dry cereal.
I also make sandwiches in bulk by using a 6 pack of rolls.
Next, comes the ham and cheese.
Then I flip it over and cut 6 sandwiches.
I try and stay under $4-5 dollars a day for all lunches. So about $20 – $25 a week on lunches. I buy bread and rolls on sale and freeze them. Earlier this summer at Randalls I bought 13 packages of string cheese for under $.75 a bag, then I freeze and pull out every few days. I also freeze lunch meat and load up when I get it on sale. The snacks are always very cheap at Kroger mega events. We go through an enormous amount of fruit, I always try and price match it at Wal-Mart.
What do you make for school lunches? Do you have any time savings tips?!