Very Thrifty back to school ideas

08/26/2009 8:00 am · 6 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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Even using coupons, the back to school supply lists can take a toll on your weekly grocery budget. I found a couple neat ideas on reusing items around the house for school lunch supplies and can’t wait to try them out! These look like items even a non-crafty person like myself could successfully create!
This first idea is from Family Fun magazine. Don’t throw out those used milk jugs!
With just a few snips, you can create a set of cool, eco-friendly, reusable snack and sandwich containers from juice cartons and milk jugs. They’re food-safe, easy to rinse clean, and absolutely free, so it’s no biggie if they get tossed accidentally. Let your kids decorate the boxes with stickers and permanent markers for an even more personalized look.

1. SANDWICH BOX: Mark a clean 1-gallon milk jug as shown.
2. Cut along the lines with scissors. To make the crease lines, use a thumbtack to pierce a row of dots at 1/4-inch intervals across each side of the jug, 1 3/4 inches up from the bottom.
3. Fold the flaps at these dotted lines, then open them and fold them in the opposite direction along the lines (this will make the flaps easier for your kids to open and close). Fold up the box and add an adhesive-backed Velcro dot closure.

SNACK BOX: Use a clean juice or milk carton. Cut off the top, then cut the sides into flaps as shown. Carefully crease the flaps, then fold them down and add an adhesive-backed Velcro dot closure.
These cute bags made out of Capri Sun juice pouches are popping up everywhere. Why not make a lunch totes for your kids?! Save $ and learn how to make them here.

I think these would also make a fantastic reusable grocery bag! This is one my friend Ginny made. {Insert shameless plug for Ginny to make me one for my birthday! }
Do you have a creative idea on how to save money be reusing an item? Please share! I love hearing new thoughts and ideas!

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6 comments
eeloh
eeloh

I LOVE these. I have throwing away milk bottles - even if it is into the recycling bin. They'd make good gifts too, especially for someone living solo who's run out of ideas for lunch. You could accompany it with a list of sandwich combination ideas to tack on the inside of a cupboard door, throw in a jar of roast capsicum or olives, or some homemade pesto. And I love the snack boxes. Very clever. Thank you!

Julie
Julie

Hey there! Found your website thru another link and am so glad I did! Know I'll be finding all kinds of good ideas here! Love this kind of stuff! Plan on making some of your lunch containers, what a great idea!

Vivala$herry
Vivala$herry

Neat This is a very cool idea and very cute bag

Heather
Heather

Very cool!!! I love the Capri Sun tote!

Tiffany
Tiffany

These are extremely cool! We don't have anyone heading back to school here, but I may make a few of these anyway just to recycle some containers and reduce the need to by tupperware. Thanks for sharing!

Rhonda
Rhonda

I think these are adorable. Thanks for sharing. Rhonda

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