Tuesday Timesavers: Lunchables: They’re Not Just Kids Meals

tuesday timesaversTuesday Timesavers is a weekly feature, posted on Tuesdays, listing conventional and unconventional ways that we can save time each week!

Today’s might make some of you laugh. It’s a trip back to elementary school, but a way that I’ve managed to save both time and money every week.

A few weeks ago I wrote a Tuesday Timesavers piece about ways to save time in the morning. After that, I got to thinking – what are some ways to save time throughout the day? Later that night I was grocery shopping, and suddenly, it was staring me in the face, making me laugh like a ten year old girl.

It was a Lunchables display.

Okay, before you think I’m totally off my rocker, let me explain. One of the things that eats up time in my morning is packing a lunch. You have to get all the parts together, make the sandwich/grab a frozen meal, grab a drink…or worse, plan to grab fast food for lunch if you don’t have time to do that.

So, feeling kind of silly about it, I decided to give the Lunchables a try. I hadn’t had one since elementary school, and since then, they’ve started packaging them complete with a drink and a snack size candy bar.

For example, the one I have with me today is a Low-Fat Ham and Cheddar, with a snack size fat-free Jello pudding and a Capri Sun fruit punch. 360 calories. I tossed a banana in the bag with it to get my fruit/veggie for the meal and I’m set!

Another great thing about these is that they don’t need to be microwaved. No need to wait in line in the break room for the microwave, no need to wait 5-7 minutes for a frozen meal to cook. Just pull this out of the fridge and eat, or if you’re really pressed for time, put it in a lunchbox with an ice pack and keep it at your desk!

If your child or children are school aged, this also could save time at the grocery store. If you buy Lunchables for their school lunches, grab a couple for yourself too so you don’t have to go elsewhere in the store to pick up yours.

Finally, each one costs about $2.50. That’s about the same, or less than the cost of a frozen meal, and definitely cheaper than fast food. It may not be the 100% healthiest thing in the world, but if the alternative is fast food, the Lunchables is a better option.

I now understand why my mom used to send us to school with these every day.

Disclaimer: The above is my opinion. I am not compensated by Lunchables or any associated brands for writing this article.


  1. Good idea! i wouldnt have thought about it as a time saver for moms….

    but as a non-mom, i would say not regularly… aren't those meals high in sodium and very processed??

  2. This is very true – I was approaching this from the time-saving standpoint and as I mentioned, it's not the healthiest choice out there. But if you're looking for convenience, a McDonalds combo vs a Lunchables, I think the Lunchables is the "better" choice.

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