Five Below has a tight grip on social media users and for good reason. The ultra-popular discount store that sells products primarily under $5 (as its name suggests) is a TikTok-favorite for its range of niche, fun items that users can’t seem to get enough, ranging from the now sold-out boba tea-scented candle to the trendy disco ball planter. But Five Below is just as recognized for their affordable dupes, like their Stanley Tumbler lookalike, and large amount of surprisingly useful kitchen products, which we can’t get enough of. Who doesn’t love a good bargain that’ll also prove itself worth the buy a hundred times over?
Speaking of saving money, meal prepping is yet another way to cut down on your expenses. Carefully charting out your meals for the week not only keeps you from wasting food, but helps you stick to a planned grocery list that discourages making any unnecessary purchases. Of course, with meal prepping comes the need for enough containers to store your food in throughout the week and cleanup supplies. Luckily, Five Below has you covered with their extensive range of meal prep essentials, whether it be reusable baggies or cute storage containers. Read on for eight items that will become crucial to your meal prep routine — and at the rate their products sell out online, you’ll want to add these to your cart ASAP!
Five Below Meal Prep Finds
You won’t need to make another food storage container purchase again with this enormous, BPA-free, microwave-safe, and dishwasher-safe set. With adorable teal and purple lid options, it's not only a visual step up compared to other food storage brands, but a functional step up as well. The set’s variety of sizes will cover all of your possible food needs — plus, they all fit into each other, so they won’t take up too much space or get disorganized in your cabinet when they aren’t in use.
Though the quantity is certainly lower compared to the 42-piece set, these containers are even more gorgeous, with their interesting texture and all-over color. But, you won’t be sacrificing performance for aesthetics — the BPA-free containers feature airtight lids and the smaller container can also nest inside the larger one. They’ll look just as pretty and compact on your counter as they will in the fridge or cabinet!
Coming in four different pastel color options, this Bento Box container features three compartments, which will keep your food organized and separated, and its anti-spill lid is perfect for taking your food on the go. And, since it's BPA-free and microwave-safe, you don’t have to worry about any plastic contaminants leaching into your food — and clean up is easy, since the box can go in the dishwasher!
You can reduce your waste while packing your lunch in style — we love the stylish checkerboard pattern — with these reusable sandwich bags. They are an extremely easy way to be eco-friendly, and just a quick wash after use will make them good as new!
A blender is an unquestionable meal prep essential, and this one has a built-in carry loop for portability and a strainer to ensure your mixture is totally smooth. In addition to making dips and soups, you can chop up fruit in advance to have a smoothie every day of the week. There’s no need to worry about cords getting tangled on your countertop, since it’s rechargeable. It can move between the cabinet and countertop effortlessly.
The best part of meal prepping is that you can bring your lunch with you to work and save money in the process. This larger bento box comes with a spill-proof lid and a spot to store the included utensils, so travel will be a breeze, and it has three compartments to keep your foods separate. Best of all, you can heat it up in the microwave, and at the end of the day, you can toss it into the dishwasher.
After putting all of that work into making your meals for the week, cleanup should be as quick and easy as possible. That’s where having efficient cleaning tools like a Scrub Mommy comes in handy. One side is a tough scrubber while the other is a sponge, so it’ll cut through any level of mess. It’s also scratch-free, so it’s safe to use on nonstick surfaces, and it can be placed in the dishwasher for sanitizing.
Especially if your meal prep involves cooking raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs, you’ll want to clean your hands frequently throughout the process to avoid cross contamination. This lavender-scented offering from Mrs. Meyer’s is made with olive oil and aloe vera, so your hands won’t dry out from all of that washing.