After writing A Month of After School Snacks, I decided to start documenting our daily packed lunchboxes. These are all very basic lunches, nothing fancy here. but this is our real life. Real talk from a busy frugal mom who is trying her best to save money and raise great kids.
I am able to save roughly $350 per year simply by packing a lunchbox for my kids to bring to school. It is one of the ways we cut unnecessary expenses from our monthly budget.
My parenting philosophy is always, “Keep it Simple. Keep it Frugal.” This article will not show you fancy ways to prepare your kids foods or creative new lunchbox ideas (those articles are fabulous, just not my talent); it WILL give you a small peek into what I pack inside my kids lunchboxes each day.
Full Disclosure: I started writing this article in October, and then kind of forgot about it until February…..so this wasn’t one complete month, but a couple mashed together. It IS a wonderful example of our regular lunches.
Day 1: Bagel with cream cheese, goldfish crackers, orange, two peanut butter cookies
Day 2: Cut up pancake, syrup, oranges, gogurt
Day 3: PB&J Sandwich, pretzels, oranges
Day 4: Pear Butter Sandwich, oranges, goldfish crackers, granola bar
Day 5: Bagel with cream cheese, banana, granola bar
Day 1: Cheese and lunch meat sandwich, applesauce, granola bar
Day 2: Two Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, granola bar, animal crackers, grapes
Day 3: PB&J sandwich, carrots, dried apples, cookie
Day 4: Crackers, pepperoni, lunch meat, applesauce, homemade graham cracker
Day 5: Pear butter sandwich, orange, gogurt
Day 1: Tortilla wrap with lunch meat and mayo, roll, applesauce, peanut butter crackers
Day 2: PB&J sandwich, dried apples, carrots
Day 3: Turkey/Cheese on a Dinner Roll, Pretzels and Raisins, Orange slices
Day 4: Lunch meat and cheese sandwich, orange, applesauce, rice krispie monster
Day 5: Crackers, lunch meat, pepperoni, applesauce, grapes
Day 1: Waffle Strips, syrup for dipping, orange, and a granola bar
Day 2: Peanut Butter & Honey Sandwich, Energy Bites, Orange
Day 3: Bagel with cream cheese, Crackers, Banana, Chocolate Dipped Valentine Cookie
Day 4: Frozen smoothie, cheerios, turkey/cheese roll
Day 5: Frozen Gogurt, Apple slices, Ritz Crackers, Pepperoni