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School Lunch-Box Ideas!


Hurrah! The kids are back in school! Sure it’s more work to get four children up and out in the morning. Nevertheless it is a glorious day indeed! Back to laying out clothes, back to alarm clocks, back to making lunches. The problem is, come October, my kids are bored with their daily sandwiches. This list of ideas will help you save money AND keep your kids’ lunchboxes interesting!

One alternative to sliced bread is mini party buns. You know those little buns that sliders are made on? They somehow take away the blahs from the very same sandwich fix-ins on sliced bread. My preschooler and 4th grader each take one in their lunch with turkey & lettuce; my older kids pack two.

Next is yet another Costco alert! A huge bag of dinner rolls is only $3.49, and these can be used at school as well as warmed up for supper. Wraps also spice up a sammy- cream cheese, avocado spread, the works. Roll it up & it’s a fun, easy meal item.

Mini bagels come in a huge bag too, and we keep ours in the freezer. My children waste bagels in their typical size, but these minis are just right. They make breakfast super simple, too.

My next tip might not apply to you if you only have two kids. Since I have four kids, it’s much more cost effective for me to buy a huge turkey breast for $1.69 per pound and slice it myself than to spend a small fortune on six pre-sliced pieces of lunchmeat. I can spend up to $5 on pre-sliced, and it’s gone in a day or two. So I buy the big guy, slice it all in one sitting, and use it on sandwiches and salads throughout the week. Simple ad savvy!

Hope these ideas wake up your sandwiches, since there are hundreds of them to make this year! As an added and oh-so-sweet idea, you can add fun stickers to your kids’ sandwich baggies, and use plain old address labels to write your own lunchbox notes, and then stick them on!

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  2. By Wendy on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Ok so I just stumbled upon your site and I love it already! I’m a busy mom with 3 kids and multiple businesses and your tips totally make sense for me! Thanks!

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