Packable Kids Lunches: Finding Freedom Friday

by GettingFreedom on August 21, 2009

School is in full swing, which is rather hard to believe. Our school has an awesome lunch program, where they have 3 things to choose from. Two of those three choices is a hot meal of some form, and the other is a form of salad, with milk they cost .80¢! Honestly, there are very few things that I can pack at home that can beat that. But, on occassion, the children sometimes want to bring their lunch and eat with their “lunch packing” friends. I completely understand, as I have been there before, but I have to get creative and make the most out of our options.
My list of frugal packable lunches is quite short–I’m really looking forward to your suggestions!
  • Leftovers. My oldest could live off of cold leftovers, especially pizza and lasagna. While it weirds me out just a tad, he is a-okay with it, and since it is frugal..I guess I am, too.
  • PB & J on HM WW Bread.
  • Homemade Lunchables. You do know that they are waaayyy cheaper to just buy your own crackers, cheese, and lunchmeat, right?? We don’t do this very often because my piglets could eat their weight in them. No matter what else I serve with them.
  • Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches. Something about serving a regular sandwich on tortilla bread, as my kids call it, just makes it extra special. For even more fun, slice them into disks, then pack them. The fillings of these are endless! My mom used to make one with Roast Beef, lettuce, and a pickle/cream cheese mixture. Yummo!
  • Soups in a thermos
  • Lunch Meat/Tuna sandwiches loaded with veggies. Tuna can be fairly frugal as long as you don’t go overboard with your servings. In additon to your meat, load it up with veggies your kids love, not only to pack in nutrition, but to bulk it u. You can use less meat this way.
  • Corn Dog Muffins
  • Cheeseburger Muffins.

For sides/snacks:

  • HM Granola bars.
  • HM Granola and yogurt.
  • Oatmeal Raisin cookies
  • HM Trail/Snack Mix
  • Applesauce (home canned is the best!)
  • Of course fresh fruit.
  • Smoothies. My husband packs these all the time. I make up a blender full (throwing in some wheat germ and ground flax) and freeze them in small containers. He packs them in his lunch box. When lunch comes, they have thawed a bit, and are perfect!

Don’t forget to tuck a note in and let your little one know you love them! :)

What are your favorite things to pack?

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