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Back to School Shopping for School Lunches

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It’s been said that I go a little crazy around back to school shopping time. I buy a few more boxes of crayons than seem prudent. I stock up on paints, clay, glue sticks, paper and markers. And I tuck most of it away for later. They call it crazy, I call it smart. Why wouldn’t you stock up on crayons when they are a mere $0.40/box? (Actually, I usually stock up when they are $0.25/box, but haven’t seen them that inexpensive yet.)

Besides. I just love the new supplies.

Of course, back to school isn’t just about the school supplies. There’s also the matter of food. School lunch food that is.

My son doesn’t buy lunch at school. Whenever I look at our school’s monthly lunch menu, I cringe at the sight of brownies dished up with pizza and chicken nuggets with tater tots. Haven’t we learned anything yet about serving our kids better food in schools? Why would I pay $3.50/day for that? So I choose to pack lunch for my son every day.

Packing lunch means that I need plenty of packing supplies. I prefer reusable containers that are dishwasher safe, though I make an exception for the hot food container that has to be hand-washed. While I am shopping for penny pencils and cheap durable folders, I also keep an eye out for containers that make packing lunch easier. It’s important to have a selection of containers to send lunch in so that you have flexibility in what you can pack.

Earlier this summer, I picked up a few containers for keeping snacks cool (complete with freezable lids!) that were on sale and I am excited to use them. I am still looking for a new hot food container as well, since ours had an unfortunate demise in the dishwasher right after school ended (it wasn’t dishwasher safe). I also bought several spill-proof drink containers so that we aren’t reliant on juice boxes this year too.

Once all the supplies are purchased, I will be all set for packing lunches … Here are a few ideas of what I’ll be packing for my son’s lunch this year:

Again, thanks to Crocs for sponsoring this post. Check out their new line of back to school shoes, which are pretty cool.

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Kate

Monday 8th of August 2011

I stock up on lots of things. Of course, that did make moving more complicated.

Sam from Critics in my Kitchen

Friday 5th of August 2011

I'm with you on the supplies! I always stock up, especially on craft supplies. They make great stocking stutters or gifts for little kids throughout the year.

What do you use to pack drinks? I have yet to find a leak-proof, bpa-free solution, and I hate using juice boxes all the time.

Sam from Critics in my Kitchen

Friday 5th of August 2011

Sorry... Apparently my iPhone doesn't like the word "stuffers!"

sarah

Friday 5th of August 2011

I actually found BPA-free Nalgene bottles recently with a kid-friendly top. So I have been testing them out this summer and so far so good. Thermos also makes a metal drink container that I was thinking of, if these don't work out.