This week I will offering up some DIY Lunchables Ideas. Do your kids constantly beg for those store bought Lunchables? If so you are not alone. My kiddos (even the teenagers) always want me to purchase them for their school lunches and for snacks to have at home. If lunchables are not on sale combined with a coupon they are WAY too PRICEY for this frugal momma. This summer I decided to take a stab at making our own DIY Lunchables. I knew that I could purchase the contents that are included in Lunchables for so much cheaper. If you are looking to satisfy your kiddos and save the grocery budget from the steep prices of those novelty Lunchables check out how to create your own.
First snag yourself some of those inexpensive reusable containers. My favorite that I have found is the Ziplok Dived Storage (found for just a couple of dollars at Dollar General, Rubbermaid TakeAlongs 3.7-Cup Divided Rectangle Containers, Pack of 3and these EasyLunchboxes 3-compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers “CLASSIC” (Set of 4). BPA-Free. All work well for making your own DIY Lunchables. Also consider using some of the reusable lunchmeat containers. The Hillshire Farms new container is flat and could work to make your Lunchable.
Next try to find the contents of your lunchable on a great sale combined with a coupon. Shopping sales with coupons will surely make for the most savings. If you do not have time to shop the sales with coupons consider purchasing your contents at Aldi. These first few lunchables ideas are a variation of the lunchables that they Oscar Mayer has offered in the past. Yes, they use to offer mini hamburgers, mini hotdogs and tacos! My kids loved them when they were younger but for some reason they just do not sell those options any longer.
DIY Lunchable Cheeseburger
Like I said this one is one of my kiddos favorites. I just throw on some mini burgers when I am making hamburgers for dinner and toss them in the fridge to have for lunches. You can snag the Mini Slider Buns at Kroger (I purchase Kroger brand usually $1.00 per package). To keep the burger warm, I heat real well in the microwave in the morning and then wrap in aluminum foil. Toss in some chips, dip and a pickle and the kiddos have a unique lunch.
DIY Lunchable Nachos
What kid does not enjoy nachos? Mine love taking nachos in their lunch. Making this one up ourselves saved us a bunch. Plus the serving size is much more than store bought. I have stocked up on the FREE Velveeta Toppers at Dollar General so this one is really cheap for us. Toss in some Store Brand Tortilla Chips, Nacho Cheese and salsa. I will quite often throw in taco meat or some refried beans on the side to add a bit more nutrition to this one.
DIY Lunchable Tacos
Tacos are always a hit around here. I am sure they are in your household as well. This Lunchable includes everything for your kiddo to make up some yummy tacos for lunch. We have a Taco dinner once per week. I make up some extra taco meat to keep in the fridge for the kids if they should decide they would like tacos for a snack or for lunch. I will heat the soft tortillas in the microwave in the morning and wrap in aluminum foil. Also a bit of heat on the taco meat (this will not stay hot but will take the chill of from the fridge). Toss in some lettuce, cheese, salsa, nachos and you will have a sure hit with this DIY Lunchable. Like I said this is another that Oscar Mayer offered years ago. The tortilla shells were mini though. You could also cut down your tortillas to mini size if you prefer.
DIY Lunchable Pizza
Another hit with the kids! Making their own pizzas at lunchtime always excited my kids. This is one of those lunchables is quite cheap to make. I grab a few store bought pizza crusts make them all up and then toss them in the freezer for when they are wanting to pack pizza. Just toss them in the microwave to thaw in the morning. I then wrap in aluminum foil hoping they will keep a bit warm until lunch. Include some left over spaghetti sauce, some diced pepperoni and some shredded mozzarella. Do not forget to toss in a spoon for spreading the sauce.
Here you have four unique and inexpensive DIY Lunchables to make up for your kiddos lunches. Give them a try!