No Spend Challenge: Get Ahead On Lunchbox Duty

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This is a re-post from a few years ago, but one of my favorite tips to make lunch-box-making at home go a little more smoothly, especially while we’re working on our No Spend Grocery Challenge this month!  At this point my kids each school lunch a few days a week just to make life easier, but I feel like the meals we make at home are so much healthier and less expensive than what they get there. Take a minute to read the comments on the original post HERE if you have a minute – so many great tips!

 

I have a confession to make.  I have been horrible this year at keeping up with my kids lunches, and every morning live in chaos before racing my kids to the bus because I just don’t have it together!  Soooo. . .  I thought I’d remind you all (and myself!) of how to get ahead on lunchbox duty.  (I’m determined to get my fridge back in lunchbox shape over the weekend!)

Found these super cute Lunchbox kits on Amazon ~ I’m thinking they’d be perfect for our sandwiches that are pre-wrapped each day!

 

When I saw this post last year from Money Saving Mom, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought to make at least a week’s worth of PB&J’s instead of pulling out all the lunch supplies each day.  (Duh???) You might even try making sandwiches ahead for the entire month and freezing them, but we start by preparing a week’s worth of lunches each Sunday afternoon  . . .

 

Note the “C” for Caroline – she likes only peanut butter, Jackson can’t survive without jelly :)

I’m not quite up for those homemade Uncrustables (thankfully my kiddos enjoy their crust . . . however I do applaud you mommas who de-crust your children’s sandwiches!)  Just taking a few minutes though to prepare our lunch supplies makes such a difference in our mornings, so I’m determined to get my act together again.  When I’m completely on top of things, here’s what our lunch stash looks like in the fridge . . .

 

 

The drawer below this one holds the fruit stash:  fresh apples and strawberries. I could definitely use some tips though on how to  pack fruit like strawberries or grapes ahead of time so that they don’t get soggy, because I have a very picky eater who keeps complaining about soggy grapes. If you have any ideas on keeping fruit fresh for lunches, I’d love to hear them!

 

I also try to keep items wrapped up for snacks – popped popcorn and wrapped homemade brownies make great inexpensive treats, as well as a few pre-packaged items found on sale . . .

 

My goal is to pack their lunches as soon as those lunch boxes are unpacked after school each day, which only takes a minutes when I have my supplies in order.  My kids can even pack their own lunches when I take the time to catch up, so this one is definitely on my to-do list for the weekend. . . I’m so ready for more peaceful mornings around here!

 

Do you have any great tips on handling lunch box duty (and suggestions besides PB&J for your children’s lunch box meal?)  I’d love to hear them, so take a minute and leave a comment to share!  

 

Looking for some super cute lunch box ideas?  Check these out . . .

These are all way fancier than I’m up for . . . we’re just sticking with the basics here.  But aren’t they so stinkin’ cute???

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Amazon Steal: Fashion Jewelry Sets As Low As $4.75 Shipped

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Amazon has some great deals on fashion jewelry sets!  Here are a few sets that would be good for everyday or special occasions, and all of these selections have good customer reviews.

 

*(Do note that many of these are shipped from overseas, so they may take a few months to deliver.) 

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See more jewelry deals here!

See more Amazon Deals, and remember when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month, you’ll also save an additional 15% on all of your subscribe and save purchases.

Remember that pricing on Amazon is subject to change at any time.

 

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Kohl’s Deal: Curtain Panel Sets As Low As $10.20 Per Set

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Kohl’s has the Victoria Classics Carlyle Curtain Pair – 38” x 84” on sale for only $12 right now, and when you use the code LUVDEAL at checkout you’ll save an additional 15% dropping your price to just $10.80 per pair (WOW!)

 

curtainThese are regularly $39.99, and might be a great option if you just need inexpensive curtains for a room in your home. They have good reviews, and also ship free when you spend $75 or more.

 

Here are a few product features: 

  • 2 curtains
  • 38” x 84” (each)
  • Metal grommets
  • Solid styling
  • Polyester
  • Dry clean

Go HERE to learn more!

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Check out the rest of the crazy deals at Kohl’s going on right now.

 

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CVS: Free Colgate, L’Oreal & Cadbury + Pantene Deal

 

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CVS has several great deals going on this week that I don’t want you to miss! Check these out:

 

Buy (3) Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste, $3.99 each

 

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Buy (2) L’Oreal Go 360 Clean Facial Cleanser with Scrublet Deep Exfoliating Scrub, $5.79

  • Use (2) $2/1 L’Oreal Paris Skin Care Product from the 2/15 Red Plum insert
  • Pay $7.58, get $10 Extra Care Bucks
  • Free + $2.42 in overage after coupons and Extra Care Bucks

 

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Buy (6) Pantene Shampoo & Conditioner, 3/$10

  • Use (2) $5/3 Pantene products (excludes 6.7 oz and trial size) from P&G 3/01 insert or (3) $2/2 Pantene coupons
  • Get $5 Extra Care Bucks for buying $20 worth of P&G Products
  • $.83 each after coupons and Extra Care Bucks

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Buy 1 Cadbury or Hershey’s Singles (1 oz) at $.89, Get $.89 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

 

See more fantastic deals at CVS this week. 

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Free Secret Clear Gel Outlast Deodorant Sample

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Head over here to get a free sample of Secret Clear Gel Outlast Deodorant.  Woohoo, I love free stuff!

Thanks, Mojo Savings!  Love a bargain? Find more free stuff HERE.

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3 Pairs Of Stud Earrings Just $7.95 With Free Shipping

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Today only, Cents of Style has a Stylesteals sale including 3 pairs of stud earrings for just $7.95 with free shipping!  There are several styles to choose from, just use the code STUD at checkout to get yours. I’ve ordered several items from Cents of Style and always been so pleased with them ~ this is a great way to enjoy a fun splurge on yourself!

Find more retail deals. 

 

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Free Pancakes At IHOP 3/3/15

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Tomorrow, 3/3/15, IHOP is offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to celebrate National Pancake Day!  They’ve raised almost $16 million to support charities in local communities since they began celebrating in 2006.  They’ll just ask you to consider a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities ~ such a great way to enjoy yummy pancakes and support a great cause!

Love a bargain? Find more free stuff HERE.

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Penny Pinchin’ Printable Coupons: Target, Publix, Kroger, CVS & Walgreens Deals

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There are LOTS ~ tons ~ of great coupons that came out over the weekend!  Here are some match ups I see to go with some of the coupons.

Publix

 

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Pace Chunky Salsa, 16 oz – $0.99

Liberte Yogurt $1

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls $2

Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese, 8 oz – $1.99

Buy 2 Huggies $8.99, Get $5 OFF

Buy 2 Huggies Diapers or Pull Ups $8.99 and (2) Huggies Wipes $2.29

Huggies Pull Up or Good Nites – $8.99

Publix (Starts 3/4 or 3/5)

Taco Bell Dinner Kit $1.54

SeaPack Popcorn Shrimp $3.99

General Mills Cheerios Cereal $2.19

Glad Trash Bags (25-80 ct) $6.99

  • Use $1/1 printable
  • Stacks with B1G1 FREE Clorox Glass or Disinfecting Wipes wyb Glad Trash Bags (Publix Coupon) – Publix Health & Beauty Advantage Buy Flyer (Valid from 2-28-15), Includes Wipes, 32 – 35 ct and Trash Bags, 76 – 90 ct
  • $5.99 after coupons

Target

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Ambi Fade Cream – $4.74

SoftSoap Hand Soap $2.49

Puffs Tissues $1.25

OxiClean Powder Detergent, 7.2 lb – $9.99

Dove Candy $3.33 ( I am assuming the fruit is included)

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Shampoo or Conditioner, 25.4 oz – $5.99 – B3G1

Buy 2 Tide PODS Laundry Detergent, 72 ct or Laundry Detergent (138-150 oz) – $17.99, Get $5 Gift Card

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Nature Valley Bars $2.50

  • Use $.50/1,$.50/2 printable or $0.50/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars, 5 ct or Larger, Granola Thins, Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares, Fiber One Chewy Bars, 90 Calories Products, Protein Chewy Bars, Streusel Bars, or Meal Bar – 2-8-15 SS
  • $2 after coupon

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Buy 2 L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo at $4.99, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 1)

  • Use $4/2 printable or $2/1 coupon from the 2/15 RedPlum insert
  • $.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Olay Facial Cloths (25 – 33 ct) or Cleansers (5 – 7 oz) at $4.99, Get $1.50 ECBs (Limit 1)

  • Use $1/1 printable or $1.50/1 coupon from the 3/1 P&G insert
  • $1.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Pampers (Jumbo Pack) at $8.99, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 1)

CVS Starts 3/8/15

Buy 2 Irish Spring Gear Body Wash (15 – 18 oz) or Bar (6 pk) at $3.50, Get $2 ECBs (March Monthly Deal – Limit 5)

  • Use $2/1 printable or $2/1 coupon from the 2/22 SmartSource insert
  • $.50 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Speed Stick Gear Deodorant at $3.99, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 1)

  • Use $2/1 printable or $2/1 coupon from the 3/8 SmartSource insert
  • $.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Colgate Total 1 L or Colgate Optic White 32 oz $5.99, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 2)

  • Use $2/1 printable or $1/1 coupon from the 3/8 SmartSource insert
  • $.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Irish Spring Signature For Men Body Wash (15 oz) or Bar Soap (3 pk) at $4, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 1)

  • Use $2/1 printable or $2/1 coupon from the 2/22 SmartSource insert
  • $1 after coupon and ECBs

Spend $30, Get $10 ECBs

Buy 4 Huggies Diapers, Pull-Ups, GoodNites or Tru-Fit (Jumbo Pack) –  $8.49

  • Use (4) $2/1 printable
  • Pay $25.96 out of pocket, Get $10 ECBs
  • $3.99 per pack after coupons and ECBs (Also, look through your old coupons there was a $2/$10 CVS coupon we posted a while ago that does not expire until April)

Walgreens

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Glad Trash Bags $7.99

Print more FREE high value coupons right from your home when you go HERE, HERE and HERE.

 

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North Face Coats As Low As $49

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6PM has some great deals on North Face coats right now! Get them for as low as $49.99 (prices vary by color), including free shipping. I’ve ordered several North Face items from 6PM and been so pleased with them ~ if you’ve been looking for North Face on sale, go HERE to see other items included in their sale!

 

Find more top retail deals.

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Free Yogurt Coupons With Meijer mPerks

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Head over here through 11/17/15 to get 9 free yogurt coupons loaded to your Meijer mPerks account.  Just login to your account and clip the coupons (under dairy section).  Go here to get yours!

Love a bargain? Find more free stuff HERE.

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