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The same sandwich can get boring. Being creative with packed lunches can help provide good nutrition and enjoyment. This guide is about packed lunch tips and tricks.

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February 15, 2011 Flag
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When having a salad, put the dressing on only the portion served. The remaining salad can kept fresh by wrapping soda crackers in a paper towel and placing them in the bowl. Cling wrap the container to seal out the moisture. This trick will extend the life of the remaining salad.

By Dave from Oshawa, Ontario

October 20, 2015 Flag
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As hard as I looked, I couldn't find cold packs small enough to fit inside a lunch bag or lunch box. I finally picked up a few heart shaped baby teething rings and I keep them in the freezer. They're just small enough to keep in a lunch bag, but not so big that they take up all of the room.


May 5, 2011 Flag
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Making lunch or dinner at home instead of "grabbing a quick bite" at work, can easily save you $20 or more each week. Take your lunch to work every day and you'll find your $1,000.00 richer at the end of the year.

If you do go out for lunch or dinner, always ask for a doggie bag/box and save leftovers for tomorrow's lunch. Any food left on the table is money wasted.


By Faylee from Kingsport, TN

March 4, 2009 Flag
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To save paper and money, I take my lunch to work every day in a cloth tote bag that I bought at the Dollar Store. It is about 10x10 inch square and has a nice handle. When I come home, I just put my lunch bag in the fridge so I can find it fast in the morning.

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May 12, 2010 Flag
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Figure it up; if you spend $5 per day for 5 days, you are spending $25 per week for lunches. This amounts up to $100 a month!

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March 27, 2012 Flag
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If you have a thermos, you have a very thrifty money-saver at your fingertips! Instead of spending money by eating at restaurants during trips, take your meals with you! A good quality, well-insulated thermos can keep food hot for hours.

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October 12, 2012 Flag
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Add salad dressing to the bottom of your jar. Then add layers of lettuce and whatever else you want in your salad. Put on the lid and take it in your lunch. The salad will not be wilted by lunch.

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September 2, 2008 Flag
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Tips on school lunches from a pre-K teacher: Invest in cold packs. You can get these at dollar stores. Paired with a thermal bag, the foods you send to school with your child will be protected.

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February 4, 2011 Flag

Recently, at my work, I have been on a committee that is looking at strategic planning for the next year, 5 years, and 10 years into the future. One of the issues we have been looking at is sustainability.

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August 15, 2015 Flag

If you take your lunch to work, put in a pocket-sized hand sanitizer. It's great if you can't wash up before lunch.

lunch box with small bottle of hand sanitizer next to it

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April 22, 2009 Flag
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My husband puts my 6 or 8 oz. yogurt cup in a coolie cup which is normally used for cans or bottles. It fits right into the cup, and makes a handy way to keep it chilled until lunch.

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June 26, 2009 Flag
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I pack a lunchbox for my husband and have been having an issue with condensations. To solve this problem I am using kuzies. I have been saving kuzies from different promotions around town that are giving them away free.

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April 4, 2011 Flag
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I am looking for lunch ideas for hubby working on forestry gang. I have a tight budget, and he is sick of sandwiches. Any thoughts? Thank you.

By Elaina

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May 10, 20110 found this helpful

This is a variation of a sandwich, but my hubby likes it, toasted frozen waffles, spread with peanut butter. Dot one side with raisins, and put apple slices in the middle. He also likes homemade tuna or chicken salad, and I send big leaves of lettuce, then he makes a 'wrap' with the lettuce leaves.

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September 17, 20160 found this helpful

Cold noodle salads- I do many versions of pasta salads which make quite a bit of salad, are inexpensive and filling. Traditional tuna, mayo, celery, onion-is a great one; husband also likes this made with cooked red skin potatoes instead of pasta. Italian with salami and cheese, olives, tomato, and italian dressing mixed with a bit of mayo. Chopped chicken (use leftovers) and veggies and ranch dressing. You can adjust to your own tastes and use what you have on hand.

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February 11, 2015 Flag
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I make my lunch the night before I have classes each day. Usually I bring for lunch whatever I have leftover from my dinner. If it doesn't sound appealing, I use Pita bread pockets cut in four quarters and get inventive.

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April 28, 2009 Flag
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Pita sandwich with lettuce and tomato in it.The prices of school lunches, like most other things, are rising. Yet, parents need to question whether these lunches are providing their children with healthy lunch options and whether or not the lunches are worth the money. Some schools pack the trays with healthy a la carte items that are financially friendly as well as healthy. Meanwhile, others are charging $2.25 or more for peanut butter sandwiches, milk, and a celery stick.

A solution is to pack healthy and fun alternatives that will have kids anxiously opening their lunch packs. It will save money and allow you to better keep track of your child's eating habits. The only cost is a little bit of your time, but by inviting your children to help pack the lunches the night before it will become a family affair. Don't forget to pack the same for Mom and Dad, and save all around.

Pitas to the Rescue!

Pita pockets are fun no matter how you fill them. Try these healthy frugal options:

Creative Sandwiches

Who said a sandwich had to come between two pieces of bread? (Okay, that may be the technical definition, but who's checking.) A pack of tortillas kept in the refrigerator lasts much longer than a loaf of bread. If you don't pack sandwiches often, these are a better choice. They also come in a variety of flavors to match your lunchmeat creations. Try these options:

Love Those Leftovers

Tortillas are also helpful when leftover chicken, turkey, or beef is in the fridge.

Add slices of cold roast beef or poultry to a tortilla, add shredded cheese, some red peppers, spinach, and a dollop of ranch dressing and you have a sandwich with zest.

Of course, the traditional chicken or beef with some salsa, sour creme, and shredded cheese is a welcome option, too.

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