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Frugal Family: Packing Green and Budget-Friendly Lunches for Students

Looking to help the environment and save money at the same time? This week, Frugal Family examines ways to save money and help the environment at the same time.

1. Use Re-Usable Lunch Bags

Companies like Snack Taxi and Daily Gromet  offer re-usable sandwich bags for your child - lowering costs on Zip-Loc baggies and reducing your family budget for lunch-packing expenses.

 

2.  Make Snack Bags Yourself

Shop in the bulk section of stores, or purchase normal-sized bags of chips and snacks on your weekly shopping trip.  Take these quantities home and separate them into pre-measured, serving-sized bags of snacks for your student.

 

3.  Consider Bento Boxes

These Japanese-style lunch containers provide placement for a balanced, healthy lunch in a reusable container.  Visit the Wendolonia blog for ideas on where to buy the containers and what to pack inside of them.

 

4.  Buy Re-Usable Silverware

Check out this great post from foodie blog, The Kitchn, for the top places to buy re-usable silverware.  Just make sure to stress to your child the importance of bringing these sets home at the end of the school day!

 

5.  Buy a lunch tote that lasts

To be sure the lunch box you buy for your child is a durable, long-lasting tote, check out this article by Good Housekeeping, about the best kids' lunch boxes and bags on the market.

Marnie Pasciuto-Wood September 14, 2011 at 05:17 PM
There are a slew of other companies that make reusable snack and sandwich bags. We've been super happy with the bags from http://simplypractical.etsy.com The fabric choices are excellent and the quality is fantastic. I also love that they are made by a local mom in Portland, OR, and not a large company. I love supporting the little guys when I can!
Terri Peters September 14, 2011 at 07:30 PM
I do, too, Marnie! I'm hoping to spotlight some local moms who have Etsy shops in next week's Frugal Family! Stay tuned!

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