Back to School Meal Prepping

July 29, 2021

The new academic year may bring the start of nightly homework and extracurricular activities, which can make juggling schedules feel like a balancing act. When it comes to feeding the family, a few tips and tricks can help make planning snacks and meals alike a breeze.

Meal Inspiration

Discover nutritious, tasty and simple meals with DG Easy Meals. DG Easy Meals also features “Better for You” recipes created in partnership with a nutritionist to showcase healthier breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner ideas. No-Bake Cereal Bars can be easy to prepare and serve as a delicious grab-and-go option for those busy mornings! Entrees like Comforting Chicken Chili and Hoppin’ John Stew  can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer until it’s ready to eat.

Prep Essentials

Lunch boxes for the family can help get everyone organized. At DG, lunch totes are available to take to work while kids can discover their favorite character lunch bags for school. Shop snack packs from America’s most-trusted brands like Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nestlé and many more or save with DG brands like Good & Smart™ and Clover Valley®.

With meal prepping in full gear, food storage containers can be a big help. Be sure to look at different sizes or opt for a variety pack of storage containers sets. Don’t forget aluminum foil and plastic wrap for other storage needs.

Getting Organized

Write out the meals planned for the week on a dry erase board, which can easily be secured to the side of the fridge or stored in an accessible spot in the kitchen, to help everyone keep track of what’s on the menu.

To make shopping simpler, create a shopping list on the DG app with the necessary ingredients for favorite DG Easy Meals recipes, school supplies or other needed items before heading to your local DG store. DG’s Shopping List and Cart Calculator features automatically notify when digital coupons are available for the items listed helping further savings and make meal planning simpler.

Preparing your family for a new routine can be both exciting and stressful. However, with a few tips and tricks, families can save time and money on meal essentials this back-to-school season.

About Dollar General Corporation 

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) is proud to serve as America’s neighborhood general store. Founded in 1939, Dollar General lives its mission of Serving Others every day by providing access to affordable products and services for its customers, career opportunities for its employees, and literacy and education support for its hometown communities. As of August 4, 2023, the company’s 19,488 Dollar General, DG Market, DGX and pOpshelf stores across the United States and Mi Súper Dollar General stores in Mexico provide everyday essentials including food, health and wellness products, cleaning and laundry supplies, self-care and beauty items, and seasonal décor from our high-quality private brands alongside many of the world’s most trusted brands such as Coca Cola, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, General Mills, Hershey, J.M. Smucker, Kraft, Mars, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and Unilever.  Learn more at

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