Frugal Bento?

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Frugal Bento?
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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 1:26pm

I've become sort of enthralled with Bento for kids, like this:


http://lunchboxlimbo.blogspot.com/


or this:


http://easylunchboxes.smugmug.com/The-Best-Lunchbox-System/Yummy-Lunch-Ideas/10136835_YSuyb#696914291_YxmUd


These lunches look so cute and appetizing. I would love to do something like this for my kids. Right now, I pack most things in ziplocs, which means that there are many things that I can't send, like egg salad; some of my kids won't even eat cut melon or pickles out of a ziploc.


However, bento containers are soooo expensive!! I looked at these http://www.easylunchboxes.com/

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In reply to: raskin00
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 4:23pm

I pack 3 lunches for schools


I use a some ziplock bags and some small reusable containers from the dollar store depending what is needed to be packed that day


for example my oldest dd can have her lunches reheated in a mircowave do to her very limited diet so leftovers from the night before gets reusable containers and yes she brings them back home since the rule is simple if you want a reheatable lunch then return the container


my middle dd does do some things that require a container and somethings do not so a ziplock bag works


my youngest is just starting school so I am unsure how she is going to do her lunches


Becky
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In reply to: raskin00
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 6:00pm

I don't do Bento, but I also don't use ziplocs. I try very hard to pack trash free lunches for my kids. For the last several years, we have used these http://www.amazon.com/6PC-LUNCH-SET-LOCK-N-LOCK/dp/B00167VB04 and they work great. You shouldn't need to have a whole lot of containers. I pack for 4 kids and a DH and just have 6 sets. The extra set only gets used if someone needs an extra container of the same size.

It's just part of our evening routine to wash them all in the sink and throw them in the dish drainer. Then they're out and ready to go in the morning. If we happen to be out for dinner there's usually enough room in the dishwasher to just throw them in there.

I've never had any trouble with getting the containers back. The kids just put them back in their insulated lunch bag and bring them back. They also take real silverware if needed and a cloth napkin.

I have looked at the easylunchboxes, and they look really neat, but since our system still works fine, I haven't bought them.

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In reply to: raskin00
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 9:20pm

I just use reuseable plastic containers for all my son's lunches or Thermos containers for hot meal lunches.


--Jenn

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In reply to: raskin00
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 11:33pm
we use the lock n lock stuff... alex ALWAYS bring his back... same can't be said for DH... lol i usually have to tell him i'm running out of containers
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Fri, 08-27-2010 - 12:18pm

I had been wanting to do this for my kids for a while but yeah..the bento boxes themselves are expensive. Then I found that Ziploc has divided containers that look just like the ones you posted but they were only $2-$3 for a pack of 2 at our local walmart.

http://www.amazon.com/Ziploc-Divided-Container-Rectangle/dp/B002LFLYT8

We've been using them for the past 2 weeks and they make it so much easier to pack the boys' lunches.

~Liz
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In reply to: raskin00
Fri, 08-27-2010 - 12:51pm
I bought two sets of Bento Buddies. Each set was $12-something. Small Tupperware-type containers would probably work just as well, but I like how each container size is a different color and has a matching lid. I can also fit all four containers into his lunchbox with no problem. This is my son's first year of full day school, so I'm hoping we get a lot of use from these containers.

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Fri, 08-27-2010 - 1:56pm

We have always used re-usable containers when we can; I use Gladware (?) or Ziploc take-n-toss (but obviously they don't get tossed).