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Healthy Lunch

Dining at your desk? Making school lunches for the little ones? Packing a meal to eat on-the-go? For lunching away from home, there’s no reason to be sandwiched between flavor and savings. Here are five of our favorite money-saving tips for bagging a better lunch.

  1. Love leftovers. Transform a salad into a wrap; pasta into a salad; or a grilled dinner into lunch sandwiches. Search our Summer Foods-on-the-Go-Guide for brown bag ideas for summer that you can carry with you to school!
  2. Variety show. Use coupons to try a new-to-you bread, cold cuts or side dish to stave off lunchbox boredom.
  3. Don’t throw away money. Invest in an insulated lunchbox and storage containers rather than buying single-use bags.
  4. Stop the sog! Prevent lunch loss by packing sandwich or salad ingredients separately or use lettuce, cheese or deli meat (download coupon) as a barrier between moist ingredients and bread.
  5. Twice as nice. Make extra! Goat Cheese Spread with Hearts of Palm and Sweet Corn and hummus work well as both sandwich spreads and dips.

The Whole Deal® value guide has more than $53 in coupons, 13 Sure Deals, 12 new 5-ingredient recipes, a daily meal planner and time- and money-saving tips for getting back to school and back on track.

Do you have a favorite money-saving lunch tip? Share it in the comments section below.


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Joyce Davis MD says …

I am trying to find an insulated, metal , sandwich thermos. A friend bought one at your store in September. I am unable to find one there for myself. I have a photo to send you. I heard that it keeps food really warm and want one for my child's lunches. Thank you.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JOYCE - Our exact product options differ between stores. Unfortunately I don't have a list of all vendors. If you're able to find out which store your friend purchased the lunchbox, they will be happy to let you know the brand!