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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches – Cheap Packed School Lunch Idea

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are both a classic and a meal to avoid if your school has a peanut ban. You’ll have to check before making this lunch.

They are cheap, although the decisions you make when buying supplies will greatly impact the cost. A loaf of bread can be bought at the store for $2-4, and I suggest you go for some sort of whole grain. My kids aren’t into white bread because they’ve always had whole grain bread of one sort or another. If your kids have the white bread habit, find a way to break it. This may take time, but it’s worth it.

The cost of your peanut butter and jelly will vary quite a bit, but both are really quite cheap per ounce.  You may choose to spend a bit extra for an organic or natural peanut butter, same for the jelly. I usually go a bit light on jelly because there’s a lot of sugar in many of them. Better types may have less sugar.

I’m not going to explain how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich here. Please. I think this is something most of us can handle from a very young age. My 6 year old can do this, although I did have to explain once that you don’t lick the knife between dips into the jar. Ewww!

I have not tried this personally, but I understand that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches freeze and defrost well. That’s nice to know, so that you can have a school lunch to grab on those hurried, running behind mornings. Stack them up in a container, freeze them, then take what you need and put it into your sandwich box. No need to serve them every day if you have enough freezer space.

While they may not freeze as nicely, you can have fun with peanut butter sandwiches. Try banana slices, raisins or apple slices rather than jelly. Many fresh fruits go quite well with peanut butter.

Don’t forget the fresh fruit and vegetables. Your child needs a complete lunch every day.

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