These Affordable School Lunch Containers are a Reader-Fave

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colorful easy lunch boxes from Amazon with cookie cutters

The countdown to school is upon us!

Back to school season is in full swing, and parents are checking their lists twice to make sure their kids are all set for the new school year.

Still need a lunchbox for your little one? Check out why Hip2Save reader DeAnna loves these affordable and brightly-colored Easy Lunch Boxes from Amazon, and how she makes lunches special for her daughter.

colorful easy lunch box from Amazon

My daughter started kindergarten last year, and due to the high cost of school lunch, we decided to send her to school with “cold lunch” from home. She really loves Lunchables, but we couldn’t justify the cost of those, either.

I picked up a four-pack of Easy Lunch Containers from Amazon for $12.99. Then I used our collection of cookie cutters in fun shapes to cut the deli meat and cheese I purchased at ALDI to fit in the compartments alongside crackers and a fun treat. We would also add in some veggie, applesauce, and a drink, then BOOM — an inexpensive, yummy lunch she was excited to eat each day!

Frugal lunchtime fun!

lunch containers for school lunches

If you love this idea, head over to Amazon to pick up a set of these vibrant lunch containers to recreate your own DIY Lunchable meals.

Thank you for sharing this fun product and your clever lunchtime tips, DeAnna!


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About the writer:

Emily obtained her Bachelor's degrees from Clarkson University with 5 years of content writing experience specializing in health, beauty, fashion, home, & living frugally.

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Comments 18

  1. Lori

    Love those containers. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. Maple36

    I have been using these for my twin boys for a while year and I am very happy with it. The only problem I had was the lid flap that help to open it broke right away but it still works fine.

  3. Mary

    Thanks, can you also post healthy lunch ideas please!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Have you seen these lunch ideas here, Mary?

      • Mary

        Thanks Jennifer… I didn’t see that one, you are the best.

        • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)


  4. Jesse!

    Please let me know when you spot good deals on CLEAR/translucent water bottles! School has changed their policy and will only allow see-through bottles for school!

  5. Laura

    Does it make the food next to it soggy? i.e. would crackers get soggy if there was something omitting moisture in the section next to it

    • mel

      Looks like you can line one of the compartments with a silicon baking cup. that might keep away any moisture.

    • Sara

      You can wrap the crackers with plastic wrap and the cheese. We make this kind of bento/deli trays at work.

  6. Kalynn

    We have these ones, by the same company, and we love them. One less compartment because the one compartment is large enough for a while sandwich. We love them! I am still squeeze in a 4th item next to the sandwich too, like string cheese or a Nutrigrain bar, etc. So much cheaper than those Bento boxes and much better than using baggies everyday! EasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers, Set of 4, Classic

    • Kendra

      Thank you for sharing!

    • sara

      We use these too. I add silicone baking cups as needed too separate additional food.

  7. SS

    The blue Bento box is on sale for $16.99 Zulay Kids Bento Box Lunch Box – Durable, Leak-Proof with Toddler-Friendly Latches for Easy Access & 5 Perfectly Proportioned Kid-Sized Compartments – BPA-Free Bento Box Containers with Removable Tray

    We use these and love them! $9.99:
    Bentgo Kids Tray (Purple) with Transparent Cover for At-Home Meals, Lunch Meal Prep, and More

  8. Sara

    You can wrap the crackers with plastic wrap and the cheese. We make this kind of bento/deli trays at work.

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