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February 15, 2011

Packed LunchWhen 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.

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March 4, 2009

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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February 4, 2011

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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March 27, 2012

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!

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A good quality, well-insulated thermos can keep food hot for hours.

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh
April 28, 2009

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.

Pita sandwich with lettuce and tomato in it.

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September 2, 2008

Tips on school lunches from a pre-K teacher: Invest in cold packs. You can get these at dollar stores.

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Paired with a thermal bag, the foods you send to school with your child will be protected.

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March 13, 2017

I take my lunch to work and have been buying tubs of Hillshire Farms lunch meat. Once the tub was emptied, I had a bright idea that it could store a sandwich instead of using a baggie. The sandwich fits perfectly and does not get crushed or moist from other contents in my lunch bucket.

A reusable plastic container with a sandwich stored inside.

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October 20, 2015

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.

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They're just small enough to keep in a lunch bag, but not so big that they take up all of the room.

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February 18, 2010

Many people already enjoy this food tip, I hope you will too! Some foods you can heat up and insulate in a Thermos (besides soup). I added more ideas to the magazine I found this in.

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June 26, 2009

I pack a lunchbox for my husband and have been having an issue with condensations. To solve this problem I am using kuzies.

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I have been saving kuzies from different promotions around town that are giving them away free.

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April 22, 2009

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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November 21, 2004

I am always looking for ideas for my kids lunches since they don't like to eat at school. When I go to various restaurants to eat we usually have leftover "ranch" of any dipping containers.

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November 14, 2011

Save Naked or Odwalla juice bottles and fill with water and freeze. These are just the right size for a child's lunch box.

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When they thaw, you can have cold water to drink. These are also useful for placing in a larger cooler.

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January 11, 2005

My daughter has an old-fashioned type lunch box with a thermos. Putting in one of those hard ice substitutes took up too much room, so instead I use frozen bread to make her sandwich. The bread thaws in time for lunch while keeping the lunch meat cold enough to prevent bacteria from forming.

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August 15, 2015

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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February 11, 2015

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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September 11, 2008

Freeze a week's worth of lunchmeat sandwiches for your children on Sunday night. Place in ziplock bags or plastic sandwich containers. Freeze and take out the next day right before your children leave for school. Pack in lunches.

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March 19, 2005

put plastic cutlery in my husband's lunches for work. After him losing a couple of my "good" forks on the job site, he's gotten plastic ever since. Those I don't care if he loses.

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