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Hello, I am looking for advice on how to keep my sons school lunch (sandwiches etc) cold and fresh. We used quality forreduced lunch for him but this year we dont, now we have to pay $2.10 pr day, which we find expensive. We still let him eat hot lunch at school but only 2 days a week,he picks the

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  1. #1
    Maja Drouin
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    Hello, I am looking for advice on how to keep my sons school lunch (sandwiches etc) cold and fresh. We used quality forreduced lunch for him but this year we dont, now we have to pay $2.10 pr day, which we find expensive. We still let him eat hot lunch at school but only 2 days a week,he picks the days him self, the other 3 days I pack a school lunch for him.How do you manage to keep your kidslunch cold, without buying any expensive lunchboxes or coolers etc.I do have a few lunch boxes, but without built in coolers - any great suggestions. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Maja, MN

     

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    baileygirl617@embarqmail.com
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    Hi,


    I also pack lunch for my daughter and I use a small flexible icepack. I found this at walmart for $1 or so. You can find them in the school section before school starts and after that they are in the section with the coolers and other lunch bags near sporting goods. Hope this helps Jenn
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    Hello,

    I am looking for advice on how to keep my sons school lunch (sandwiches etc) cold and fresh. We used quality forreduced lunch for him but this year we dont, now we have to pay $2.10 pr day, which we find expensive. We still let him eat hot lunch at school but only 2 days a week,he picks the days him self, the other 3 days I pack a school lunch for him.How do you manage to keep your kidslunch cold, without buying any expensive lunchboxes or coolers etc.I do have a few lunch boxes, but without built in coolers - any great suggestions. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Maja, MN







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  3. #3
    Kelli
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    You can buy juice boxes on sale and freeze them. By lunch time, it will bethawed so he can drink it and lunch is kept cool. Or, you can make your own ice pack by combining water with a couple of drops of food coloring and a bit of rubbing alcohol. Double bag it in ziplock baggies and freeze. It will be frozen but not solid.
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    Hello,

    I am looking for advice on how to keep my sons school lunch (sandwiches etc) cold and fresh. We used quality forreduced lunch for him but this year we dont, now we have to pay $2.10 pr day, which we find expensive. We still let him eat hot lunch at school but only 2 days a week,he picks the days him self, the other 3 days I pack a school lunch for him.How do you manage to keep your kidslunch cold, without buying any expensive lunchboxes or coolers etc.I do have a few lunch boxes, but without built in coolers - any great suggestions. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Maja, MN







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    K Ranagan
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    My daughter found the cold packs that you freeze and put it the luchbox. The lunchbox is somewhat insulated, so these work perfectly. They were just 99cents per pak ( we use 2 ) at the 99cent store. He likes them because they are the "Cars" theme.

    Maja Drouin <drouin_maja@yahoo.dk> wrote: Hello, I am looking for advice on how to keep my sons school lunch (sandwiches etc) cold and fresh. We used quality forreduced lunch for him but this year we dont, now we have to pay $2.10 pr day,
    which we find expensive. We still let him eat hot lunch at school but only 2 days a week,he picks the days him self, the other 3 days I pack a school lunch for him.How do you manage to keep your kidslunch cold, without buying any expensive lunchboxes or coolers etc.I do have a few lunch boxes, but without built in coolers - any great suggestions. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Maja, MN
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    ro so
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    We do it several ways. One way is to buy the smaller ice pack, the one we bought was about $2 and we are still using it after 15 years. One that my husband does is that to cut prices he makes koolaide (doesn't understand that the 10 pounds he gained could be because of this) but he freezes the koolaide inpop bottles and then puts his lunch on top. Some times my girls have to take a lunch that they can throw away everything so we freeze whatever drink they take. It keeps the lunch cold until they eat but is thawed out to drink. Becky

    Maja Drouin <drouin_maja@yahoo.dk> wrote: Hello, I am looking for advice on how to keep my sons school lunch (sandwiches etc) cold and fresh. We used quality forreduced lunch for him but this year we dont, now we have to pay $2.10 pr day, which we find expensive. We still let him eat hot lunch at school but only 2 days a week,he picks the days him self, the other 3 days I pack a school lunch for him.How do you manage to keep your kidslunch cold, without buying any expensive lunchboxes or coolers etc.I do have a few lunch boxes, but without built in coolers - any great suggestions. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Maja, MN
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    Patricia Coss
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    Blue Packs. Lunch box size are I think under $1 at Walmart. They are in the sporting good section. They last a long time and work very well. Patti



    ----- Original Message ----
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    To: Budget101 <budget101_@yahoogroups.com>
    Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2007 10:32:11 AM
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    Hello,

    I am looking for advice on how to keep my sons school lunch (sandwiches etc) cold and fresh. We used quality forreduced lunch for him but this year we dont, now we have to pay $2.10 pr day, which we find expensive. We still let him eat hot lunch at school but only 2 days a week,he picks the days him self, the other 3 days I pack a school lunch for him.How do you manage to keep your kidslunch cold, without buying any expensive lunchboxes or coolers etc.I do have a few lunch boxes, but without built in coolers - any great suggestions. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Maja, MN







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    herberkids3
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    I used to freeze the juice boxes, so it would act as an ice pack in

    the lunch box. I also invested in a few of the $1.00 hard ice packs

    to keep on hand in the freezer. The small plastic Gerber juice

    bottles worked really well for "on the fly" ice packs, too.



    We would pack the lunch the night before, and keep it in the fridge

    over night in the lunch box, so that would be cold for a little bit

    as well. We got insulated lunch boxes, but they weren't anymore

    expensive than the character ones. Then add the frozen juice box in

    the morning, or an ice pack, and send them on their way.



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    > Hello,

    >

    > I am looking for advice on how to keep my sons school lunch

    (sandwiches etc) cold and fresh. We used quality for reduced lunch

    for him but this year we dont, now we have to pay $2.10 pr day,

    which we find expensive. We still let him eat hot lunch at school

    but only 2 days a week, he picks the days him self, the other 3 days

    I pack a school lunch for him. How do you manage to keep your kids

    lunch cold, without buying any expensive lunchboxes or coolers etc.

    I do have a few lunch boxes, but without built in coolers - any

    great suggestions. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.

    >

    > Thanks,

    > Maja, MN

    >

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    bludrgn@comcast.net
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    you usually can find insulated lunch boxes at garage sales. I bring my lunch to work and have some of the gel ice packs that I use every day. You can also freeze sandwiches or the bread to make tham withand they will thaw by lunch time. Some people freeze the drink to keep lunches cold.

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    I am looking for advice on how to keep my sons school lunch (sandwiches etc) cold and fresh.





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    Yolonda
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    I put re-useable ice packs in my kids
    lunch boxes. It keeps it cool until lunch time. You can also freeze the
    drink; it doubles as the ice pack then. Just be sure and only freeze half or
    take it out earlier. I don’t send pre-packaged drinks with my kids so I only
    freeze half the bottle and the next morning will fill it the rest of the way
    with their drink. You can also invest in a good Tupperware type sandwich
    container. It keeps the sandwich from getting squished around. You can definitely
    recoup your money in the amount of bags you will use over the years. Hope this
    helps!












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    etc) cold and fresh.








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    shelley alger
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    my favorite way to keep lunch cold is to wet a face cloth and put in a ziploc bag and freeze it. when the cloth has melted they can use it to clean up after lunch. Our school lunches are so close to when they get to school they still are cool.

    Yolonda <yoledgerwood@bellsouth.net> wrote: <DIV class="Section1"> <div class="MsoNormal">I put re-useable ice packs in my kids lunch boxes. It keeps it cool until lunch time. You can
    also freeze the drink; it doubles as the ice pack then. Just be sure and only freeze half or take it out earlier. I don’t send pre-packaged drinks with my kids so I only freeze half the bottle and the next morning will fill it the rest of the way with their drink. You can also invest in a good Tupperware type sandwich container. It keeps the sandwich from getting squished around. You can definitely recoup your money in the amount of bags you will use over the years. Hope this helps! <div class="MsoNormal"> <DIV id="ygrp-msg"> <div class="MsoNormal">I am looking for advice on how to keep my sons school lunch (sandwiches etc) cold and fresh.


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  11. #11
    Maja Drouin
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    Hello group, I was the one who needed some tips and suggestions. Thanks for all the responses so far, it is really appreciated. I really like the idea with the wet face cloth, what an awesome idea. Thanks so much, Maja, MN

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    I had the same problem with my kids too (8 and 10 years old), especially with how hot it's been lately! A friend of mine suggested these new lunch bags made by "Pack-It". They're supposed to stay cold for 10 hours after you put them in the freezer at night. We've been using them all summer and they're just amazing! I think they're having a 2-for-1 special right now. Just google "Pack-It lunch bags" and it should come up.

 

 

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