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Sandwich with a packed lunch.

Keeping Sandwiches From Getting SoggyThis is a page about keeping sandwiches from getting soggy. One major problem with preparing sandwiches ahead of time is that they may become soggy.

 

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Bringing Mayo For Your Lunch?When making a turkey sandwich, what type of separate container can you put the mayo in? I don't like to add the mayo in the a.m. because by lunch time the bread will be soggy.

 

Cheese and Crackers

Homemade Cheese and Cracker Lunch KitsThere is no need to buy those expensive prepackaged lunch kits for your kids or yourself. Choose your own meats, cheeses, crackers, and other components for a better and less expensive lunch. This is a page about homemade cheese and cracker lunch kits.

 

Bringing Couscous for Lunch

Bringing Couscous for LunchThese steamed balls of semolina wheat granules, probably originated in North Africa. Their popularity is now wide spread making them a favorite choice for any meal. This is a page about bringing couscous for lunch.

 

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Pill Bottles for Transporting Salad DressingI take lunch to work daily. I use the empty and cleared pill bottles to carry my salad dressing. Then, no soggy salad and the size is perfect for the correct amount of dressing without drowning the salad

 

A bagged lunch, bottle of water and a red apple.

Work Lunch IdeasMaking your own lunches at home can save you money and give you something delicious to look forward to. This page contains work lunch ideas.

 

A salad in a glass jar.

Mason Jar Salad IdeasA great way to take a salad to work for lunch is to put all of the ingredients in a reusable glass jar. This page contains mason jar salad ideas.

 

Homemade Fruit Cup

Make Your Own Fruit CupsThis is a page about how to make your own fruit cups. While convenient, individual fruit cups can be an expensive way to buy fruit.

 

Packed Lunch

Packed Lunch Tips and TricksThis page is about packed lunch tips and tricks. The same sandwich can get boring. Being creative with packed lunches can help provide good nutrition and enjoyment.

 

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A child eating a brown bag lunch.

Saving Money on Packed LunchesPacking your own lunch can save a lot of money over buying lunch. However, if you aren't careful even a packed lunch can be expensive. This is a page about saving money on packed lunches.

 

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Setup a "Salad Club" at WorkAt work we have a "Salad Club." There are currently five participants so we have five different lists of ingredients which we rotate weekly. We include 2 types of lettuce, spinach and other various toppings and veggies.

 

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Link: Big Red Kitchen For On The Go Food TipsThe author of Big Red Kitchen has some wonderful posts and ideas, including: freezing a week's worth of sandwiches, how to keep/care hot and cold dinners to baseball games, etc.

 

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Use Mason Jars for Lunch ItemsFor my lunches, I use wax paper to wrap my sandwiches in, but I often take soup, salad, jello, or puddings. For these I have several different sizes of mason jars.

 

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Tips for Frugal School LunchesI worked in an elementary school for 12 years and you would not believe the amount of food not opened children throw away. Watch CVS and Walgreens and check your coupons. Buy ziplock sandwich bags when chips, pretzels, cheese and crackers go on sale stock up.

 

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Product Review: Cereal On The GoI found a GREAT product at www.dormbuys.com called Cereal on the Go. (I tried to download a picture, but I couldn't.) It is a bowl with a fold up spoon in the lid, and a cup for milk that screws on the bottom.

 

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Use Frozen Sandwich Rolls For LunchesMy kids take bread rolls to school for lunch so I buy a lot every week and freeze. before freezing, I cut them in half so all I need to do is to take out what I need and fill them with whatever I'm using while they are still frozen.

 

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Use Small Containers In LunchboxHere's a tip that's easy on the wallet and the environment. I use small plastic containers for my son's lunchbox instead of plastic bags. For nonperishable food like chips or cookies, I use the same container all week. It saves space in the dishwasher and wear and tear on the container, plus I don't spend time looking for a matching lid!

 

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Save Fast Food Plastic CutleryMy family doesn't eat out very often, but when we do, I always save the napkins, plastic cutlery, and other condiments from our meals.

 

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Brown Bagging Goes GreenWhen the bus pulled away for school this week, did you feel good about what was in your child's lunch sack?

 

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Reusable BaggiesTo save money and reduce wasteful packaging, I buy big bags of chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, etc. Then I repack them in small plastic containers for lunches. More often, however, I was packing them into snack size zip top baggies because they take up less room in my husband Michael's lunch bag.

 

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What Are Pizza Pops?Can someone tell me what are pizza pops?

 

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Cooking For My Truck Driver HusbandMy husband is an over-the-road truck driver and is typically gone 30-35 days, then home for 4 or 5. While he is out, I cook as if he were home. Then I freeze individual portions of whatever I cooked (labeled with date and name).

 

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Frozen Bottled Water With Your LunchOf course we all carry our lunch to work to save money everyday! I was getting tired of dragging home the little icepack I used to keep things cool, and remembering to replace it in the freezer after I got home. I was also trying to remember to drink more water. Then I had a brainstorm:

 

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Months Supply of LunchesMy hubby works construction. He used to make these sandwiches before we met. We make a month's supply of cold cut sandwiches up at a time (minus pickle, tomato, lettuce & onion). Place each in a zipper sandwich bag and place them in a box in the freezer.

 

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Keeping Sandwiches ColdMy 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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Hershey's Zero Candy Bars Don't MeltFor those who don't know this, Hershey's Zero candy bars don't melt when left in a hot car, like their other candies do. Zero's are known to be the construction workers candy bar.

 

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Durable Lunch BagA very durable lunch bag can be made by turning a Splenda 9.7 lb bag inside out. My husband calls it his retirement bag, since he knows he'll probably see it until he retires in two years. By springmaid5

 

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What is a Salad Jar?What is a salad jar? I saw one on Facebook.

 

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Packed Lunch Ideas?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.

 

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Easy, Healthy Bagged Lunch Ideas?I'm looking for cheap easy lunch ideas for myself and my partner. Any helpful hints? We work separate hours and jobs.

 

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Packing a Lunch Without a Soggy Sandwich?When preparing a turkey sandwich for lunch what could I store the mayo and tomatoes in? If I put the mayo and tomatoes on the sandwich in the a.m. it is usually soggy and wet by lunch time. Any suggestions?

 

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Using Less Baggies For Packed Meals?My husband and I pack lunches and snacks every day (sometimes dinner too) using plastic containers and 4-5 baggies per day. I want to cut down on the amount of baggies, yet don't want to use numerous additional plastic containers.

 

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Lunch Box Ideas?Does anyone have any suggestions on what to pack for my ten kids' lunches? Two of them can't have anything with added sugar or food dyes and one of them can't drink normal milk and has to drink soy or almond and my oldest is allergic to mushrooms.

 

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