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    Talking Frugal Lunch box basics!

    Lauren is taking her lunch this year and I want it to be more than peanut butter sandwiches everyday,but without breaking the budget,meaning NO lunchables(these haven't seen my home in 3 years)I have a few ideas,feel free to include yours

    Drink:
    Water(half frozen in the morning)
    Juice(from concentrate of course)
    Tea
    Koolaid

    Food:
    popcorn
    hm cookies
    hm breakfast bars
    any kind of cheap fruit(apple,banana,grapes)
    carrot sticks
    celery with peanut butter and raisins
    Salad(put in container with ice-or packs around container)
    hm pudding(in washed out yogurt cups)
    hm jello
    cereal jewelry
    cheese sandwich
    pb&j


    After that I'm lost

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    Wrap lunch meat and cheese in a tortilla. That was a hit with my dd. It has been a long time since I packed her lunch.

    You should do a search here in this forum because there was another thread all about packing your kids lunches. HTH

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    I make my Dd homemade lunchables. She loves the real ones, but I hate the price! here are some ideas:
    -crackers and lunch meat and cheese
    -mini pizzas ( biscuits flatened and baked, home made sauce and peperoini and cheese)
    -nachos
    -Cheesy dip ( rotel and cheese with hamb.)
    - sandwhiches cut with cookie cutters

    We bought a mini thermosand use it for hot foods. Soup from dinner the night before is a favorite, esp. in the cool months.
    Good luck and try not to be too sad about your Dd going to school. think of it as her getting one step closer to be the independent child you have strived to raise well.

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    I would send lieft overs in a thermos.

    Left over pizza.

    ...btw, we can't send p&j sandwiches in any of our kids' schools, because of peanut allergies...that was tough for us, since my boys love peanutbutter....

    I tried egg sandwich-they hate it.
    I tried tuna sandwich-they hate it...

    It's very much ham, chicken or cheese sandwiches I made, with bread I made or from the outlet store.

    If she gets bored with regular bread, you can use hotdog buns
    for sandwiches.

    ...I'll try to think for more ides...

    Did you mention pretzels in your snacks? They're healthy and cheap, too.

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    Popcorn and anything in a tortilla is a big hit with my kids anytime I make fried chicken or chicken strips I always make extras for their lunch boxes. Leftover spaghetti in a thermos too.

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    I don't know what I will do if there is a peanut allergy in the triplets school, they LOVE peanut butter and it is cheap and easy to make for me :~)

    Eileen

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    Peanut butter burritos!

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    Mmmmm, my niece loves dried apricots. Just a few, they are soft, chewy and sweet like fruit snacks...heck they are friut snacks! Ha Ha!

    As a kid I was a very picky eater and I used to love leftover homeade pizza or cheese and crackers. I used to think soup or mac and cheese in a small thormos was really good too!

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