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Back To School Lunches On A Budget #PacknSnap #savealotinsiders

Did you know that you can pack nutritious school lunches for your child that are both nutritious and budget friendly? With savings of up to 40% as compared to conventional grocery stores, Save-A-Lot is a perfect place to stock up on fresh products to fill your child’s lunch bag with health conscious choices. They offer fresh cut meat in-store everyday, quality fresh produce, and they even have their own line of exclusive brands at everyday low prices.

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Back To School Lunches On A Budget

I shop at the Save-A-Lot in Mount Airy, NC. I love this location because the people are always friendly and helpful. There is also a great selection of items to choose from. You might think that a budget grocery store would have very little to choose from. And you would be wrong. Not many stores around here offer fresh papaya, but Save-A-Lot does. And this girl loves papaya.

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Not only does Save-A-Lot offer fresh papaya, but they offer a huge assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables. I like to pack school lunches bento style in pretty and colorful containers. Aren’t things just more fun when they are colorful? I like to even color coordinate the containers with the fruit or vegetable inside. This would be a fun and educational way to let your child help pack their own lunch, too. You can use different color grapes, cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon, carrots and plums like we did in the pictures.

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These school lunch ideas with veggies and fruits would be perfect for a vegetarian. Alternatively, you could add some chicken nuggets cut up in pieces to the salad for those that are not vegetarian. Save-A-Lot has a great 5 for $20 deal on a variety of foods that we often buy. That’s how we buy our chicken nuggets {you can get them spicy, yum! or not if you don’t like spicy}, potato wedges and other meats we put in the freezer.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Save-A-Lot. The opinions and text are all mine.

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. I love to buy various seasonings (i.e. salt, pepper, garlic powder/salt, seasoned salt, etc) at Save-A-Lot. The prices are very reasonable and if I win I will go grocery shopping at Save-A-Lot.

  2. I like to buy snacks at save a lot like chips and cookies.

  3. Julie Bickham says:

    I like to buy my paper goods at Save a lot. I like to pack my daughter whole grain crackers, cheese cubes and applesauce in her lunch.

  4. Steve Weber says:

    My favorite thing to buy is produce.

  5. shelly peterson says:

    My son likes me to pack fresh fruit or a Go Gurt with cheese and crackers.

  6. Jessica To says:

    I like to buy produce at our Save-a-lot.

  7. Sadly we no longer have this store in our area.

  8. Holly Thomas says:

    I would buy produce.

  9. My favorite things to buy at Save-a-Lot are produce and ground turkey. Their frozen ground turkey is usually just $1.50 or under at my store.

  10. Barbara Montag says:

    I like to buy frozen fruit at Save A Lot.
    You get the best quality and prices.
    thank you

  11. Awesome ideas! When you buy in season, the food is tastier AND more affordable. It’s a win all the way around.

  12. There is a Save-a-Lot near us but we haven’t been there in a while. Looks like I need to stop in.

  13. My girls have been begging me to make their lunches. You’ve inspired me to give it a try!

  14. I wish I had one of those closer to me but I use Hyvee for now and love it just as much! Love all the options at your store!

  15. Catherine Sargent says:

    I always included fresh fruit in my sons school lunch. I will have to see if they have a Save-A-Lot in my area.

  16. Brenda Kight says:

    I love our Save-0-Lot. We love the produce section and the fact that we can save a lot o money!

  17. Melissa Storms says:

    Our Save A Lot just had a huge overhaul and the produce section is great. I also buy a lot of my frozen vegetables there.

  18. Save-A-Lot is one of my most favorite trusted stores to shop. We’re there probably twice a week picking up some kale, ground turkey and cucumbers. I always leave there spending less which makes me happy.

  19. These look great for packing school or work lunches.

  20. When I shop at Save-A-Lot I always buy hot dogs, milk, cereal, ground beef, ground turkey and ice cream. I would use the gift card to buy groceries.

  21. We don’t have Save-A-Lot here in Canada but they sound like a great store to shop at. I love that you color coordinate your containers with the fruit.

  22. Frozen fruit is a great purchase at Save-a-Lot. I love all of your great ideas for lunches. Really healthy and easy to prep!

  23. I don’t have one of these close enough or I would definitely be hitting one up. I’ve visited one before and I fell in love with it!

  24. We don’t have a save a lot by us but I wish we did!

  25. My daughter loves when I make her lunches with lots of small choices, especially fruit. Save-A-Lot sounds like a great place to get deals so we can stock up and she can have all of the fruit she wants!

  26. These are so bright and cute! It would be great to see all of these in our lunchboxes.

  27. I have a Save-a-Lot by me and I haven’t been in it! I’m going to check it out tomorrow!

  28. We LOVE Save-A-Lot! There’s not one in our immediate area, but anytime we visit my mom, we always stock up on fresh foods since there’s one located near her house. I could use this gift card!

  29. What a great way to save on school lunches. I didn’t know Save-a-Lot had such a nice selection of produce for great prices.

  30. Amy Desrosiers says:

    We have a Save-a-Lot around here too. I have not been there is YEARS, but I guess I should visit!

  31. Honestly, I have never been to Save-A-Lot. I didn’t realize they had so much great produce to choose from. I’ll have to swing in soon and check them out for myself!

  32. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    These are great school lunch ideas. I need to get some containers like this. Frozen fruit is a great lunch companion.

  33. So many produce options. I want to stop by and check out everything you have.

  34. School is expensive enough so saving money anyway you can is great. Thanks for sharing some ways to help us save.

  35. I always send my kids to school with fresh fruit. Its a quick and healthy snack that they can grab on the way out the door!

  36. I’ve never heard of Save-A-Lot before! It looks like a great place to get your produce!

  37. These are great ideas! We also pack our kids snacks that can easily be taken with them to school. Very convenient!

  38. Love your ideas! When you buy in season, the food tastes better and it is more affordable.

  39. It is a lot easier than people think to pack a super healthy lunch for ourselves and our kiddos during this back to school rush period / transition.

  40. Great post. Making sure your kids eat healthy, rather than eating those starchy school lunches that are often served, is so much easier if you pack them freshly prepared good-for-you food from home. My go-tos for my own 4 when they were little were string cheese and fresh fruit and veggies.

  41. Great ideas right here! My kids love fresh fruit so these are a must try!

  42. I love fresh fruit. Lunches like these are a must for the kiddos 🙂

  43. Those are some awesome prices! Packing healthy foods is so important!

  44. Fruits are great lunch ideas. Those are great prices. I wish we had a Save A Lot store here.

  45. Thanks for letting us in on the giveaway! We love getting fresh fruits and veggies from Save a Lot and an added discount card would really be great! My kids are all grown up, so I am done with packing school lunches. It is work lunches that I now prepare for me and my husband.

  46. Nikki Wayne says:

    Wow, these are cute and great ideas. I will keep this in mind so when my son is ready for school, I have ideas for packed lunches.

  47. I am always looking for ways to save money! Always on a budget! Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. I am a huge fan of save-a-lot and 25USD would be very helpful right now. I lvoe fresh fruit and veggies.

  49. Love this! I am so looking forward to making school lunches this year. Fun and unique. Wish we had a save-a-lot here in Canada! Sadly, we don’t!

  50. This sounds like a great place to shop. Lots of fresh fruits and veggies on our list!

  51. fruits and veggies are a must. I always force my kids to eat both every meal, even if its just a little.

  52. Fun ideas for school lunch. I’ve never heard of save a lot. I don’t think we have them locally.

  53. I love how fun these are. And healthy too! LOVE Save a lot!

  54. Such good ideas! We finally decided my daughter needed to make her own lunches now. It is working great!

  55. christina aliperti says:

    I love the veggie lunch option. I would add some chicken for my son to fill him up. Great giveaway!

  56. That’s awesome that they have the papaya. I’d like to try shopping at a Save a Lot!

  57. I didn’t know Save A Lot had such good looking fruit. This post showed me it is time to stop by there again and look for some fresh produce.

  58. I’m considering letting my kids take their lunch again. I may have to try this style. I want my kids to have a great and nutritious lunch. Thanks for this idea.

  59. Great ideas! I like to change up my boys lunches every week, always put in a fresh fruit.

  60. Love the ideas! I love including an extra fruit like an apple or an orange for a quick snack if my daughter gets hungry before lunch.

  61. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas! School lunches can be costly, but your ideas will definitely come in handy when creating my son’s school lunches.

  62. These tips are great! I love giving my kiddos fresh fruit and I love finding ways to get great savings!

  63. It’s always nice to save on school lunches without worrying if your child is eating healthy or not. I love the ideas that you have here. Fruits are always an awesome choice.

  64. I haven’t been in our Save a Lot in a long time. We have two, but they are located in odd places for me to go to. When I do go there, I tend to find things not offered anywhere else. I like to buy candy and dessert the most.

  65. I think this is a great way to save money and a great way to make sure that your child is eating healthy. Packing lunches also allows you to choose what you eat, rather than only relying on the options on that given day at the school.

  66. What great lunch ideas! Unfortunately for me we live in a school district that everyone gets free lunch…. It’s a pain to get permission to bring a lunch… So I’m always so jealous of the lunches people pack for there kids!!!

  67. ellen beck says:

    What is your favorite thing to pack your child for lunch? I like packing cut up turkey o ham, cheese, crackers or pita chips, a fruit like grapes amd a smoothie or soup if it is cold.

  68. Sarah Mayer says:

    My favorite thing to buy is cheese at Save-A-Lot

  69. Tracie Cooper says:

    My favorite thing to buy at Save-A-Lot is produce. I plan to stock up on canned goods and produce.

  70. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would buy snacks if I won.

  71. What great lunch ideas, It’s comfortable to save lunches for my kid , My daughter likes me to pack fresh fruit and cookies
    Thanks for share

  72. Save-a-lot is also my favorite! The food here is healthy and the price is reasonable. I would like to buy cheese here. Thanks for sharing!