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  1. General Chat
    My 18 yearold has taken a lunch to school for the last 2 years and today he was saying I'm really getting sick of sandwiches. Anyone have any ideas of what else I could do as he takes a lunch daily because once he graduates he starts work full time (so glad his boss wants him full time).
  2. Calculations and Alternatives
    Ok I know the answer to my own question money-wise, but I wanted other people's opinions on weighing money with time. I work at a school and can eat both breakfast and lunch here rather inexpensively, and the quality of the food is not as bad as you might think. I have a growing family and...
  3. Food challenges
    I know this is a big area we could $ave on in our house. Plus I believe my kids wouldn't be as hungry when they get home if they have enough to eat and don't have to wolf it down so fast because they're standing in the lunch line waiting. I just have to learn to get better at this lunch-making...
  4. Meal planning
    I need some lunch ideas. I take children into my home and have anywhere from 2-6 kids for lunch and come summer it'll be 3-9 kids. We do things like eggs toast fruit, sandwiches, soup, wraps with meat/lettus/cheese, crackers meat veggies, when I make things like macoroni casserole I'll make...
  5. Frugal Living
    I was looking at things to cut in the budget and took a good look at school lunch costs. For two kids it is $5 a day. $100 a month! Next year I will only have one child in school because the oldest will graduate. I dont plan to tell them they can't take lunch at this time but if things get...
  6. Home Environment
    I hate packing lunches, it is my absolute most despised chore. Starting next month I will have to pack 4 a day, only one can reheat leftovers. I'm thinking of setting up a sort of lunch packing station. A hidden place stocked with individual portions of snacks and lunch stuff that I can just...
  7. Freebies
    Target has an embark lunchbox for 3.79 and inside is a rebate for 4.69. It's actually a parents magazine subscriptions but it says you can get the rebate instead if you fill out the card. SOOO you actually make 1.00 :)
  8. Meal planning
    I bought some mixed sprouts at the regional farmer's market Saturday to supplement my steamed fish lunches. I'm sure I'l forget some, but I asked for a little of everything - bean, radish, onion, mustard, brocoli, cabbage, clover, fennel-something and I think two others. The radish and mustard...
  9. Meal planning
    I have a problem that's been bothering me for a while. I never seem to eat a real lunch. I'll eat a cookie, a snack bar and sandwich...basically carbs, carbs, and more carbs. If DH is home, we have "real lunch"...meat, veggie, and side. DD is now home for the summer and I really want to keep...
  10. Frugal Recipes, Leftovers, Budget Meals
    Wife and I were out of our usual area doing some grocery shopping over the weekend. Black fin shark steaks were on sale at $1.99 / pound. I had to look twice to make sure it wasn't $7.99 / lb. This was on Saturday, so I just got one piece steamed. Split it up into two containers at home for...
  11. Frugal Recipes, Leftovers, Budget Meals
    My husband currently started serving on a jury for a federal case that is supposed to last between 8 and 12 weeks. Well, he is not reimbursed or paid for lunch and there is a mini fridge for all 14 jury members and no microwave. So, since Monday he's been going out to eat. This is going to...
  12. Green Living
    My 3 year old is starting at a new daycare center next week, one that participates in the USDA school food program. Currently I pack his lunch since the daycare he has been attending does not have a lunch program. As part of my effort to make better dietary choices for our family, I decided to...
  13. Frugal Living
    interesting lunch at work at work today. the way the paycheck falls this is one of those months where you have three weeks until we get paid instead of two. we get paid on the first. my much younger colleagues were commiserating that they were out of money and groceries until the first. one was...
  14. General Chat
    I was watching The preview on TV of Oliver's food nation last night and he visited a school and their lunch program. It made me wonder what other children are eating for lunch at school? May I peek at what is on the menu at your local schools? Here is what is on the school menu at my...
  15. General Chat
    Now and then. I was called in early to work today. I had supper prepared to bring with me, but nothing I could take for lunch, and nothing I could grab quickly at home without cooking and there wasn't time for that. So I went by Arby's. I ordered a combo, $6.16 (grumble, grumble), got to the...
  16. Meal planning
    My largest weakness has always been lunches. I never ever plan properly for them because I spend all of my planning time with dinners. 2010 is a different year where that's concerned! Since I discovered in 2009 that I was horrible with sticking to a meal plan that was set on days of the...
  17. Meal planning
    I have been taking Lean Cuisines & Smart Ones for lunch for well over 2 years now. I have tried to watch my sodium during those years (not medically necessary, just trying to be healthy), but in a passive kind of way. More just tracking it than watching it. Now I've decided that I need to get...
  18. Frugal Living
    Here are the rules: You have $2.30 to spend It must include A protein serving, a dairy serving, a veggie serving, a fruit serving, and two servings of grains? Bonus points if it is enough to keep a middle school boy full for 3 hours. Bonus points if you also include a dessert or treat. Can...
  19. Freebies
    This is from Taste of Home http://www.tasteofhomedigital.com/tasteofhome/2009ziploc/
  20. Frugal Living
    I posted on one of the food forums requesting ideas for DH's brownbag lunch but I wondered what YOU take for lunch each day if you go to and eat at work. How do you save money with your brownbag lunch? How do you break out of the PB & J or lunchmeat sandwich routine? Thanks for sharing your...
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