1. To provide a healthy meal from home for the kids to eat. There's still some high fructose corn syrup and other real food no-nos, but I think we're still doing a good job.
2. To save money. Lunch at the elementary school costs us 1.75 each. My son who eats like a man is usually still hungry and gets extra for lunch. The items priced individually costs more than the entire lunch so we were easily paying nearly 6.50 a day for lunch for two kids. That would equal to about $130 a month. My husband who is away most weeks adds another $200 a month on food. We were already looking at $330 a month on food and none of it was for the house. I'm pretty sure lunch is going up just a bit for the middle schoolers, too.
At the end of the last school year, I ordered these Bento type containers from Amazon that I mentioned in my lunch box packing love post. I also ordered the silicon muffin liners. Prior to that, I used a billion containers and plastic baggies. (I've added making reusable sandwich and snack bags to my to do list.) And yes those are paper Halloween muffin liners that I flipped inside out and stuck in the containers. Thank God, I was able to order the real thing and likely spare my children the shame. LOL.
So at the end of the school year when my package arrived I decided I would take pictures and share our lunch box meals with everyone. Then, I thought, "It's the end of the school year. Nobody cares about lunch. We're just trying to make it out the door." I was anyway. I think I wrote a check for the last week of school.
So here are the few lunchboxes we packed near the end of the year with our new containers.