One of the ways Donnie and I save money is by bringing our own lunches to school and work each day. We usually pack leftovers from the previous night's dinner. However, some evenings we eat dinners that don't yield many (or any) leftovers. This leaves us without a solid lunch plan for the next day.
In the past, whenever we found ourselves in such a situation, we usually either picked up frozen dinners from the grocery store, or got fast food on our lunch break. Now that we're trying to live more frugally, we make every effort to avoid doing those things. Instead, we keep our freezer well-stocked with frozen "convenience foods," which we can pack any time we need a quick lunch.
Every weekend, I prepare one dish which I immediately freeze in individual lunch-sized portions. Broth-based soups, rice and bean burritos, baked pasta dishes, and meat-and-potato casseroles all work extremely well for this purpose. I also try to freeze individually wrapped biscuits or slices of homemade whole-wheat bread, which we can eat with our convenience lunches, or to complement regular leftovers.
Stocking our freezer with these quick lunches has saved us a good bit of money (and frustration; after all, trying to squeeze in a trip to the grocery store on the way to work is a hassle!) How do you pre-plan for potentially money-wasting situations? Please share your tips and tricks with the rest of us!