Tuesday, July 15, 2008

What's in your lunchbox

School supply shopping has officially begun!

For the last two school years I have used plastic, reusable containers in Paige and Leah's lunchboxes. I occassionally have to use the plastic baggies when they forget their lunchbox at school. I think these are a great idea. I started thinking about the number of baggies I used each day in their lunches (around 4 bags each lunch x's 2 kids x's five days a week = 40 baggies) They went straight in the garbage can after they used them. So I went looking for an alternative and found the one that my model Leah is holding in her left hand at The Container Store. I ordered it online (Don't forget about e-bates). Just search for it on their site by typing in Klip-it Lunch Cube. There is room for a sandwich in the lid, and 3 compartments under it for fruit, cookies, chips, etc. It is one unit so you don't have to worry about prying off or keeping up with lids.
Paige had one too, but I think some 6 grader's tuba landed on it and cracked it. She didn't want to carry it to school with duct tape wrapped around it so we had to find a new container for her.
I puchased the one in Leah's right hand at Target and it has space in the bottom for a sandwich and then there is a freezie thing that goes in the middle and the 2 other containers go on top. There is a lot to keep up with as far as lids and pieces with this one, but she managed to do it all year. At the grocery store I often see the Wonder Bread container for sandwiches. Whatever works for you. Just look for ways to pack lunches in reusable containers. You'll be glad you did and you'll save a few bucks over the year not buying so many of your favorite brand of baggies.