The lowdown on water bottles plastic vs stainless steel

Plastic and stainless steel water bottles are hard for parents to choose between. Both have their benefits and are commonly used. Let’s look at the benefits of each.


  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Less expensive so they can easily be replaced if lost.
  • More common in stores, with fun designs
  • Recyclable


  • Durable and can last many years
  • Has less chemical additives than plastic
  • Can be cooked in, for emergency situations
  • Comes with more creative designs

They also each have drawbacks. Let’s consider the following.


  • Contains chemicals, could cause health problems due to chemicals.
  • Break more easily than stainless steel.
  • Can’t be cooked in.


  • Heavier than plastic
  • More expensive and not easily replaceable

My choice

My family picks stainless steel for many reasons. The first reason is the fact that they will last years if treated right.

The first reason is the fact that they will last years if treated right. My first grader’s purple stainless steel water bottle survived being dragged on the ground every day during her 4k year.

The second and most important reason is that you can cook in it. If an emergency comes it could be very useful. Heavy snowfalls affect Wisconsin. If a vehicle breaks down, we could be stranded for hours and we need to provide food for our girls. This will allow us to do just that, along with freeze dried food placed in our emergency bag.

I hope you can now make a wise water bottle choice for you and your family. It is just another choice in the long list of decisions that need to be made at the beginning of the school year. It is a very important one though.


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Real Food Lunch Box (Pre planning)

My Bobbiesue (1st grader) is doing great on her no sugar diet. Her behavior problems have went away for the most part. However school is starting in a week and a half and she will need to bring a lunch box every day.

Luckily I have came up with some awesome ideas for her. They consist of real food, and a low sugar. The best part is that they are frugal.  Real food can be affordable if you put your mind to it.

So this is her meal plan for the first week of school.


  • Peanut butter and jelly roll ups
  • Strawberries
  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Flavored Water


  • Turkey and cheese roll ups
  • Grapes
  • Carrots
  • Pretzels
  • Apple Juice


  • Cheese and crackers
  • Turkey
  • Carrots
  • Pretzels
  • Homemade peanut butter granola bar
  • Applejuice


  • Peanut butter and jelly roll ups
  • Grapes
  • Trail Mix
  • Celery


  • Pasta Salad (noodles with parmesan cheese)
  • Rolled up Ham
  • Strawberries
  • Carrots
  • Garlic Bread Chips

I hope this helps you think of some real food ideas for your child’s lunch box. It can be super frugal too you just need to think creatively.