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Have you settled back into your school routine yet?

If you haven’t already discovered the simplicity of making school lunches with Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise Squeeze Bottle, here’s your chance.  Whether it’s writing a fun message or creating a design, spicing up these lunchtime sandwiches is easy with Hellmann’s.  Choose from flavors Real, Light and Olive Oil.  Better yet, why choose only one?

My time-saving tip for school lunches is skipping the dishes!  With the new squeeze bottle, you don’t have to use a knife to spread the mayonnaise which saves you time on dishes in the morning.  Plus, the design of the bottle allows you to get more mayonnaise out of the bottle without all of the scraping of the jar.

While supplies last, load your Kroger store coupon for $1 off Hellmann’s/Best Foods Squeeze bottles.

The Giveaway:

Two (2) Southern Savers readers are going to win a $50 Kroger gift card.

To Enter:

You have two chances to enter, feel free to enter with one or both.

1.  Leave a comment below telling me your best time-saving tips and tricks for school lunches.

2.  Leave a comment on this Facebook post with #SqueezeSweeps telling me your favorite time-saving tips and tricks for school lunches.

This giveaway is sponsored by Kroger, but all opinions are 100% my own.

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    • Mary C

      We pre-make lunches/dinner for the week every Sunday. That way we can just grab one and go and we never forget something or leave it behind.

    • Tennessee

      Chop up carrots, celery, cheese, etc. and put it in snack bags in the fridge. Do the same with trail mix and whatever else you can do ahead in bulk. In the morning just toss a variety of “pre-packaged” food into the lunch boxes and go

    • Wanda McHenry

      Make the lunches the night before.

    • lucysullivan

      prep lunch on Sundays #SqueezeSweeps

    • Tanya H

      We pack our side items in a bag with the day of the week on it and trough it in the lunch box when its time :)

    • Beth

      I have the kids help make lunches each night #SqueezeSweeps

    • coupongirl

      Prepare snack bags with carrots/celery/grapes, etc. Also, pour milk into containers to grab in the morning to add to lunchbox. :)

    • Amy L.

      Love having grapes, individual string cheese, jello cups, boxes of raisins, go-gurt in the freezer – easy items for snacks or lunches! Snack size zip bags can be filled with pretzels, sandwiches, chips, cookies, etc!

    • dtcox

      always pack small bags of food and snacks in frig to grab and pack in the mornings

    • selena wood

      I make baggies with foods for the week ahead. I also buy things like pouches of tuna salad that can be spread directly onto the bread at the table. This keeps the bread fresher.

    • Heather

      I make the lunches for the whole week on Sunday night. The mason jar salads and oatmeal keep great.

    • mami2jcn

      Have the kids help with the prep work. Cut up vegetables the night before.

    • amy guillaume linderman

      my best tip is to pre-pack all the non-perishables and silverware for the week on sunday night.

    • marlatiara

      My best tip is to pack the lunches the night before and store them in the fridge so they can be easily grabbed the next morning!

    • cbachmann

      I agree with the last mama. All lunch prep work has to be done the night before to save precious morning time! :)

    • Kishac

      My tip as a homeschool mom: always have bread and peanut butter. If nothing else for lunch peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

    • Cheryl B

      Well, I don’t have school lunches, but for work lunches, I try to pack them the night before when I am already working in the kitchen and will have to clean up from dinner anyway!

    • Melanie

      Include easy to pack foods like apples, grapes, baby carrots, etc.

    • Mary W

      Prep the night the night before:)

    • T.A.D.

      I would say prep everything the night before.

    • jennifer

      My daughter and I prep for the week. She has a small container on counter, we place the baggies, and prepackaged items in it! Every night, we put everything in lunchbox, and leave it on counter. Next morning, we add a cold bottle of water, or any other perishables! Saves A LOT of time for me!! AND with her helping, it makes her feel more in control! WIN WIN!

    • Brenda

      I make sure I get up plenty early enough so not to be rushed and a sandwich comes together pretty easy. Prepackaged desserts are a time saver but fruits and veges can be made beforehand.

    • Emily

      Well I don’t make a school lunch but I do make my work lunch the night before to make sure I”m eating healthy and getting a little extra sleep!!

    • Jennifer Todd-Crooks

      I go ahead and pack all the non perishables in the lunch box the night before while I’m making dinner.

    • chester49

      Get everything ready the night before and just store it in the refrigerator until morning.

    • HS kraftmaking

      My best time-saving tip for school lunches is getting ingredients and everything ready the night before so I could pack them quick and easy.

    • Wendy Lee

      For my girls lunch- have everything ready the night before in the refrigerator (sandwhich & fruit in containers), squeezable yogurt in freezer, and chips/crackers or dessert in a bag. Put it all in lunchbox in am and add water bottle. Adults- mason jar salads made on Sunday.

    • ginny

      I am like alot of others here , prep on Sunday and put together the night before. I do all 3 meals that way so Im leaving home ready for the day all the way to dinner.

    • bbookie1953

      fix it the night before; lunchable

    • thompsonmarine

      Cutting up veggies for the week!

    • M.James

      We homeschool, and I couldn’t survive without meal planning each week.

    • I use a panini maker for cheese sandwiches. The kids love it and it’s really quick.

    • Elaine

      Fix lunches the night before

    • sandra

      my money saving tip is don’t throw away the baggies. You don’t need to use them just once.

    • keith

      Fix everything but the sandwiches the night before.

    • Ginger

      I plan ahead and pack lunches the night before.

    • Emma

      I like to get then ready the day before.

    • missriza

      I pack the kids lunch the night before.

    • nwaterbugz

      I have 5 brown lunch paper bags that I pre-pack with non perishables for the week that sit in a corner and I do the fresh fruits the night before in reusable containers and store in fridge the. That way in the morning all I have to do is make the sandwich or soup etc… And pack it in the lunchbox. Then I fold up that day’s paper bag. And start over again Sunday.

    • l.a.

      give them $$$$ & let them buy lunch at school. No prep needed!

    • SmoochTheCook

      My son eats at school 2 days/week, but I make 3 different tortilla wraps (he’s a tortilla fanatic) or 3 different mini pizzas that can go in the microwave at school. The types of pizza include turkey sausage and cheddar cheese, ground turkey taco pizza, Hawaiian pizza, plain ol’ turkey pep. pizza with black olives and banana peppers, and so on. He LOVES them and his friends even try to trade him stuff for my creations. :) I also put fruit, veggies, chips, small sweets into small baggies- enough for the week and toss them into his lunchbox daily.

    • Melissa

      I save time by packing lunches the night before, put them in the fridge and grab them the next morning before heading out the door.

    • kyfong

      I save time in the morning by packing everything the night before or the Sunday before. I pre pack everything in individual containers or ziplocs to make it easier and it’s much cheaper!

    • Pat Morgan

      I use plastic zipper bags for everything I can in lunches so as not to waste water & time washing the plastic ware. The bags can be reused if just dry crumbs left inside. Works for me.

    • Susan

      As soon as they get home from school I empty the lunch boxes and refill for the next day. I only touch them once a day. : )

    • Georgianna

      I make sure I cut up veggies the day I buy them and put them in portioned bags. It’s a great time saver.. fresh veggies ready to go.. and super healthy!

    • Cheryl

      Pack up all non-perishables or items that won’t suffer in quality the first day of the week for the full week. Each day grab what is ready and add the one or two items that aren’t ready.

    • Kristy

      I do everything the night before so it is ready and there is no mad rush in the morning when it comes to making lunches. Everything that can go in the lunch bag that does not need to be refrigerated goes first and so all we need to do is grab the sandwich, leftovers, etc. from the fridge in the morning :)

    • Linda

      Do everything the night before and refrigerate until the next morning!

    • Barb

      Buy subs cut in half to save time putting sandwiches together on those rushed mornings.

    • dawg4

      Make your P&J sandwiches on Sunday. Wrap individually and put in freezer. Then take one out the morning of, then by lunchtime it is just right for eating–all thawed!

    • Megan

      I do a basic assembly line to make five lunches each morning. All the same kind of sandwiches and squeeze bottles for condiments definitely speed things up!

    • Lucy

      I have the kids help!

    • jlrcpooh

      The kids love to help make their sandwiches. Makes for good memories and fun times!

    • Sherri

      Make them the night before and sometimes, I will make them for the whole week and freeze them.

    • Joanna

      I do as much as I can the night before! :-)

    • ann

      Do as much as you can the night before

    • Ally

      Sunday afternoons!

    • Julie Wood

      To make your morning go more smoothly, try to do as much as possible the night before. Chop up veggies and place them in a sealed baggie, mix up the ingredients for a tossed salad or chicken salad sandwich, and set up lunch containers so you can just drop items into them in the morning.

    • Andi

      We pack them all on Sunday afternoon in small Rubbermaid containers. It saves alot of time and frustration during the week

    • Janice

      I always pack lunches the night before and never wait until morning.

    • Julie Reid

      I pack lunches for my kids and myself using the easy lunch boxes system. It is easy and waste free.

    • Barbara

      I divide lunch options into different baskets labeled–snacks–carbs–desserts and the kids pick their choices from the preassembled baskets

    • Alicia Whalen

      We use a Thermos for hot foods and I reheat leftovers and send them to school with my 2nd grader. Nothing like a hot lunch to make you feel loved and connected to home, in my opinion. :)

    • January

      make the night before!

    • JenBaierl

      I have teenagers and my favorite time saving tip is to have them make their own lunches. :)

    • susitravl

      They get to pick their lunch and they get packed at night – mornings are crazy enough without arguments over lunch!

    • vicki tursi

      have it made the night before and have individually packed snacks.

    • ajawee83

      Pack lunches the night before while you are cleaning up from supper

    • nancycrom

      I told my son to make his own lunch, as soon as he was old enough. That way he couldn’t complain to me if he didn’t like it!

    • Karen Rhyne

      I always pack lunches the night before. It is much easier that way.

    • pan_102

      Train them to pack their own.

    • Amy M

      I have to agree with others….getting them to pack their own is key.

    • Elis B.

      Have everything ready and easy to access.

    • aimee

      Plan ahead, don’t wait until morning to try to figure out what to pack

    • Denise

      Pre-package all snacks and sides in baggies on Sunday so they’re ready to be grabbed and put in the lunch box as needed.

    • Denise LeCroy

      Keep a good supply of snacks, bags & lunch items, using coupons for best pricing. Package in advance – the weekend or night before.

    • l Bryant

      Make it the evening chore for one child every week to help. It gave each one of my children one on one time and started to teach them the importance of preparing for school. Allowing them to make the choices also meant that they were happy with their lunches.

    • Sheri

      Dinner leftovers serve as lunch for me and my husband. I help the kids with their sandwiches, and they pack the rest.

    • Add frozen grapes to a school lunch – it helps keep the lunch cool and will be thawed in time for a healthy snack!

    • Candace M

      A quick lunch is chips and salsa

    • blessed

      pack the night before

    • Dlc

      Make it the night before–mornings are so busy!

    • kspan

      pack up snacks and veggies on Sunday in ziplocs!

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    • barbara

      have kids help even if it is getting an apple from the fridge….they might eat prepared lunch if they were invested in the production

    • Sunny Knutson

      Make one trip around the kitchen; grab everything you’ll need first, including ziplock baggies etc. Wash everything that needs it at the same time, cut everything that needs it at the same time, then pack everything that needs it at the same time.

    • emily

      pack the night before…reusable bags so that everything you need is in there!

    • LAMusing

      Plan ahead!!

    • Jessica J

      Prepare bell pepper slices/carrot sticks/cucumber/etc for the whole week and divide into lunch portions. Keep in fridge drawer to quickly be tossed into lunch box beside the proteins & snacks!

    • Sara P.

      Make a plan! A weekly plan is best, so you can make sure you have everything you need in the house and aren’t scrambling in the morning.

    • Summer Chesshir

      I make a bunch of lunch items ahead and freeze them! Muffin tins work great for homemade meatloaf, mini cobblers, cornbread hotdog muffins, etc. It is great knowing you have a stash of some go to items when things are hectic. I then just remove them from the freezer that morning or the night before.

    • Stacy Ross

      I pack 1/2 of the lunch the night before. Then, I just have to throw together the sandwich in the morning.

    • madeas

      Complete the parts of school lunch preparation that can be done in advance before that day, then assemble in the morning. It helps to leave extra time for the unexpected “get ready for school” turn of events that may present itself from time to time….

    • sdeas

      Here is another vote for preparing the parts of a school lunch that can be prepared in advance, then assembling in the morning

    • Buying in bulk (to save) ;prepackage foods such as chips or chopped fruit in little baggies and make sandwiches for the entire week.

    • bellows22

      i like to pack what i can the night before and just fix my sandwich that morning #SqueezeSweeps

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    • sue

      Keep everything that you need for making the lunch together and towards the front of the refridgerator.

    • coupcrazy

      I make lunch the night before and have it packed and ready for the morning.

    • Kristian W.

      On Sunday evenings, we prepare as much of our lunches for the entire week as possible. For instance, we put vegetables in ziploc bags, we cut fruit, we mix fillings for sandwiches. Thank you for the opportunity to win!