Krisitin left a comment last week asking me to post what I make for school lunches. Three days a week I work and so I pack 7 lunches, and 2 days a week I pack 4 lunches. At some point I am going to start having the kids make their own lunches but for right now I can do it faster and cleaner so I don’t mind.
I am sure that many of you have a better system and better ideas for what to make, I would love to hear them! I am out of ideas!
I always make sandwiches, we rotate between peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and honey and ham or turkey. This is how I do the ham or turkey, I use dinner rolls in the 6 pack style.
I slice them once through the middle and flip the top off, then I add the mayo and mustard.
Next, comes the ham and cheese.
Then I flip it over and cut 6 sandwiches.
I have not found any good deals lately on pudding or jello so I have been making my own for almost nothing. I have a bunch of the small ziplock containers, I make either jello or pudding the night before and toss them in their lunches the next day.
The trick is getting them to remember to bring back the container, or not leaving it in their backpacks!
This day we had grapes, juice, turkey and cheese sandwiches and rice krispie treats or a 100 calorie bar.
Today they had Capri Suns, clementines, ham and cheese and pudding.
Tuesday the had Juicy Juice, apples, granola bars, peanut butter and honey and a couple kids grabbed rice krispy treats.
I try and stay under $4-5 dollars a day for all lunches, about $20 – $25 a week on lunches. I buy bread and rolls on sale and freeze them. In August and then again this week 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. The kids eat fruit for breakfast, lunch, snack and after dinner… I actually have to hide any kind of berries and the little clementines. They can eat 5 lbs of clementines in one sitting.
I would love to hear what you make for lunches!