Ahead of the Pack
School will soon be back in session, and it isn't just a drag for kids. Packing lunches takes enough time and planning to make it tempting to send kids off to school with lunch money instead. But packing a lunch can save money and boost nutrition. Here are dozens of easy and cheap school lunches — and a few for lunches at home as well. Some are cooked in advance (leftovers are your best friend for packing lunches), so be sure to refrigerate them overnight and follow other food-safety guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.