I'm a big fan of the whole bento box thing. I think it makes lunches more fun for all ages. When I started researching this, I found many options for boxes- including some amazing ones from PlanetBox that are very cool. (If you are a night-before/morning-of lunch packer, your kiddo may like on of these.) However, they are very cost prohibitive for a family of 6.
|ziploc divided, ziploc short round, glad mini-round|
|toothpicks, silicone baking cups, mini-dippers, salt shaker|
|easy lunchboxes coolers and slim ice packs|
I was looking for something I could pack in advance, so I knew I needed 20-30 boxes at any given time. I also wanted other 'support' lunch supplies. Here is what we use to keep our 'bento on a budget'.
- Ziploc Divided Container Rectangle (~$3 for a 2-pack at most regular stores)
- Easy Lunchboxes mini-dippers ($8 for 8)
- Easy Lunchboxes cooler ($8)
- Fit & Fresh Slim Ice Packs ($8 for 4)
- Wilton Silicone Muffin Cups ($8 for 12)
- Coleman Salt & Pepper Shaker ($1.27 at Walmart.com)
- Light My Fire Spork ($10 for 4)
- Ziploc Short Round ($4 for 5)
- Glad Mini-round ($4 for 8)
- Colorful toothpicks (~$2 at most stores)
- Seasonal napkins (varies)
- Seasonal toothpicks (varies)
- Seasonal muffin cups (varies)
- Printable lunch notes (free- see my bento on a budget board below)
- Black sharpie (wipes off the lunch containers with a tiny bit of oil- oily fingers work!)
There ya go... the least expensive route I could find to pack tons of these little guys. I'm really thankful that I can just pick up another bento when my son crushes one to death in his backpack. For more interesting ideas, you can follow my "Bento on a Budget" Pinterest Board below.
Do you know of any inexpensive tools I should put in my lunchkits?