Fred Meyer $100 Giveaway and School Lunch Ideas & Tips

August 12, 2013 169 Comments | Disclosure

Congrats to our winners! 

  • $50 gift card:  Lisa (c******4@yahoo.com)
  • $25 gift card: Katy D (k*****tin@gmail.com)
  • $25 gift card: Cynthia W  (c******rd@yahoo.com)

Check out all the excellent ways to make school lunches a cinch in the comments below!

school lunch ideas tips and tricks

Back to School Lunches

Yesterday we shared several School Lunch ideas… we hope you felt inspired to go above and beyond the usual PB&J.  :)  Today I’m going to share my tips for making school lunches easy on the mom, budget friendly, and something the kids will eat!

Menu Plan

  • If you’re already menu planning for dinner, you might as well menu plan for lunch too!  This is as simple as making a list of 5-10 lunch ideas and then rotate through it every 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Need school lunch ideas?  We shared some school lunch ideas yesterday as well as more cold lunch ideas last year!  BUT, we’re going to get MORE ideas from YOU!  So read the comments in this post.  (In order to enter to win one of three Fred Meyer gift cards, share a fun school lunch idea or preparation tip that works for your family!)
  • Keep it simple… just grab a piece of paper and list out your favorites and stick it on your fridge or inside your pantry door for quick and easy reference.
  • Call in the troops… get your kids to help make this list!

Save Money

  • Rather than buy pre-packaged foods, buy large bags in bulk!  Then all you need are some baggies and you can divide up the large bags into individual portion sizes.  Cha chings… more money in your pocket!
  • Give them left overs!  Spend a little extra now and get a nice thermos.  Heat up the left overs in the morning and then put them in the thermos.  They’ll still be warm for your child at lunch time!
  • In the coming weeks we’ll see plenty of coupons and sales for school lunch items!  Keep watching FabulesslyFrugal to stay in the know (sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss a thing)!  You can also search our Coupon Database if you’re looking for something particular
  • Don’t buy school lunches… one child alone could cost you $40-$50 a month!  If you have 5 in school like I do, that’s a big chunk of change!  A little preparation and effort will make a big difference in your budget!  I let y kids pick a few days out of hte month they want to have “hot lunch”.
  • Take advantage of the school lunch kits that are currently 25% off this week at Fred Meyers!  Stack it with the Friends and Family 15% off home coupon (it expires on the 15th!) to save even more!

Save Time

  • My sister and her kids will make all the sandwiches for the week on Sunday night, pack them up, and then freeze them!  They spend about an hour doing this, but it saves a ton of time during the chaotic week!  The kids say the sandwiches taste great too. 
  • Another family I know will assigns one of the children to make the lunches for everyone the night before.
  • I need more ideas for this… please share!!!

Now for the gift card giveaway…

We are excited that Fred Meyer is giving away $100 worth of gift cards!  Rather than pick just one winner, we thought it would be fun to have THREE winners!  So our first randomly selected winner will win a $50 Fred Meyer gift card, and the second and third will each win a $25 Fred Meyer gift card.  Thanks Fred Meyer!

To Enter:

  1. Mandatory:  Share your favorite school lunch idea or time saving tip in the comments below.
  2. Share this on facebook and leave a comment below stating you did.
  3. Subscribe to one of our FREE newsletters, and tell us in the comments that you did (or already do)!
  4. Share something you’ve pinned from our site on Pinterest.  {Here are ideas of what others have been pinning}.  Leave a link to your pin for this entry.

The Rules:

  • You are allowed one entry per category for a total of  4 entries
  • Must make different entries example comment #85, #88, #91 will give you 3 entries. :)
  • Invalid entries will not win
  • There will be a $50 gift card winner and two $25 gift card winners
  • Giveaway ends Monday August 19th at 11:59 am MST
  • Winners will be chosen at random, using random.org number generator
  • Winners will be announced on Tuesday August 20th
  • Winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize and will forfeit prize if no response.
  • Have fun! and Good luck. :)

In the interest of full disclosure,  Fred Meyer is so awesome and provided me with a gift card as well.   Aren’t they fab? Thanks Fred Meyer for the offering this fabulous giveaway to our readers!

Comments

  1. I am an email subscriber!

  2. I pinned this chicken and I’m so excited to try it!!! http://pinterest.com/pin/81627811969205173/

  3. Shared on Facebook.

  4. Subscribed to your newsletter!

  5. I shared on Pinterest.

  6. I have found that if my kids pack their own lunches the night before it reduces my stress, and their forgetfulness in taking lunch with them. It also makes it so they will eat what is in their lunch box. For us, it’s a win, win all around!!!

  7. I have shared this post on facebook

  8. I get your evening emails-that’s a wrap!

  9. I love making the kids roll-ups – just take a tortilla – add a bit of lunch meet and cheese – can even add thinly sliced carrots or cucumbers – roll it up tightly and then slice down the link of the tortilla roll. we also like to use sliced cucumbers to make little sandwiches

  10. I pin at least one recipe a week from your Sunday share and/or your freezer meals. My favorite dish is your skillet lasagna!! yum!

  11. I try to bag everything at the start of the week so we can just grab and go!

  12. I get your daily email and love it!

  13. I have actually pinned a lot from you guys. One of my favorites was the Rhodes mini pizzas. Yum!

  14. I shared on Facebook.

  15. My son is high functioning Autistic so he really is picky one of his favorites is meatloaf sandwich. So every other week or so I will fix a large meatloaf for dinner on Monday or Tuesday so he can have it for his lunch.

  16. Heather C. says:

    I think that having the kids get everything prepped the night before has saved us a ton of time and hassle in the mornings. They figure out what they want to wear and eat the next days, which saves us the morning melt-downs.

  17. Heather C. says:

    I subscribed to the back to school newsletter.

  18. Heather C. says:

    Here is a link to the pin I pinned from Pinterest.
    http://pinterest.com/pin/65443000808614718/

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