Back to School Lunch Plans {Plus Free Printable Lunchbox Notes & Printable Coupon!}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 2, 2013

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Lunch packing at 6:30 in the morning may very well be the bain of my existence. It’s hard. Despite my best efforts to stay organized, keep lunchboxes in their place, keep the containers all together, something is always in the wrong place. #TpyeAproblems But, as you can see above, I found a strategy that seems to really help cut through that early morning fog and make sure we get the right foods into the right lunches!

  • Write it down on a Post-It and stick it on each lunch box!!!

This is not a new concept, but is has really rocked my world this last week :) Also, I have kids who can eat different foods for lunch due to food allergies. I’m not much of a short order cook, but when it comes to packing lunches, we see quite a variety. I try to keep them similar…same fruits, different use of avocado, etc…but they are different given the food allergy restrictions.

Here is what a typical week’s worth of lunches for Charlie looks like:

  • Monday – PBJ sandwich, mango chunks & Snack Pack vanilla pudding
  • Tuesday – Turkey sandiwch with mustard, grapes, baby carrots,
  • Wednesday – Pita with guacamole & turkey, mango chunks
  • Thursday – PBJ sandwich, banana, applesauce, Snack Pack vanilla pudding
  • Friday – Turkey & hummus sandwich, apple slices, popcorn

GFCF Lunches

And here is what a week’s worth of gluten-free, dairy-free lunches for Ryan looks like:

  • Monday – GF Blueberry muffins, mango, peaches, slice turkey
  • Tuesday – Grilled cheese with GF bread and dairy free sliced cheese, grapes, baby carrots
  • Wednesday – Tortilla chips & homemade guacamole, slice turkey, mango
  • Thursday – Taco meat with corn tortillas and avocado chunks, banana, applesauce with cinnamon
  • Friday – Hummus with carrot sticks, hard boiled egg, apple slices, popcorn

Printable Coupon

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Printable Lunchbox Notes

Free Printable Lunchbox Notes

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Surprise your child with a fun lunchbox note too!  Download these free lunchbox note printables to sneak in your child’s lunchbox.

Twitter Party

Do you need lunch box inspiration? Are you children tired of the same old lunches day after day? This school year make a snack pact with your kids to pack fun, good for them lunches that taste great! Join Andrea from Savings Lifestyle and Briana from Bargain Briana on Twitter as they share tips for making lunch boxes better this school year. We’ll be giving away some lunch money to help make packing those lunches even easier.

Hope to “see” you at the party on Thursday!!! And happy back to school lunch packing……

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Connect & Snack Pack pudding. All opinions are my own, as always.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny B. September 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I have two kids–one with multiple food allergies, one with no food allergies. I always pack up the food allergy kid’s lunch first. That helps me keep it straight and make sure I am not putting any offending foods in the wrong place!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 5, 2013 at 10:56 am

That’s a great way to keep things organized Jenny!



Allie Zirkle September 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Do you have a link for the GF muffins? And are those mangos from the freezer? They aren’t in season here in Phoenix

:) Allie


Aileen September 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

I need that lunch container! I’m having a hard time finding something that works but also fits in my daughters lunch box. Where did you get it?


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