Here are a few printable coupons that might help you save some money on school lunch products:
$.50 Off Hormel Natural Choice Meat Coupon
$1 Off Sara Lee Deli Meat or Pre-Sliced Meat Coupon – I often buy our lunch meat at the deli. They often have lower sodium varieties and have sales that usuall end up being cheaper than the lunch meat tubs. Check the deli counter as they often have coupons, too!
$1/2 Dole All Natural Fruit Jars Coupon – I like to keep these on hand just in case I forget to pick up fresh fruit.
$.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes Coupon – For a random treat.
$.75/2 Yoplait Kids Products Coupon
$.50 Off Cheerios Cereal Coupon – Put a handful in a snack bag for something to munch on
$.55 Off Armour Pepperoni Coupon – see my comments below on pizzas
$1/2 Hormel Pepperoni Coupon – see my comments below on pizzas
$1/2 Barilla Plus Pasta Coupon – My kids don’t mind eating cold pasta plain. I usually send some Parmesan cheese in a small snack bag or container for them.
$1 Off Barilla Italian Entrees Coupon – in case they have microwave access
$1/2 Planters Nut Products or Peanut Butter Coupon – great for making trail mix or PBJ Sandwiches
I highly recommend the Ziploc Divided Containers for school lunches. They fit really well in most lunchbags that have a little length to them. You can put things like carrots, celery and/or grape tomatoes in them in one area and then something like grapes, strawberries and/or blueberries in the other side all the night before. I’ll randomly add a pickle or some black olives just to switch things up. Then you just have to make a sandwich the next day. My kids aren’t fans of sandwiches so I just roll up lunchmeat with a toothpick and they’ll eat those. I often cook a whole ham or chicken and add pieces to their lunch rather than lunchmeat. You can toss those over salad, rice or pasta.
For mini-pizzas, I’ll use a Multi-Purpose Mini Cup for the pizza sauce. (You can find these at Walmart/Target.) Then I put the pepperoni/cheese in a compartment and then either pita bread or Wasa Crackers for the “crust.” I often leave one compartment open for an extra veggie/fruit. You can do most of this the night before.
Keep in mind that most schools do not give a lot of time to eat lunch. So don’t send too much food in or you might just be setting them up for failure. I usually let my kids help pick out some of their lunch items as it seems to make them want to eat the things I send in then. Don’t forget you might be able to work in some leftovers in a lunch to save some money!