Consider dinner when planning lunches. If you’re buying meat to prepare for a dinner, consider buying a slightly larger amount. Why? Let’s use chicken as an example. If you need a pound of chicken to make one dinner, but you also make lunches, buy up an extra half to whole pound more. When I’m making chicken parm I also boil some chicken breast to make chicken salad. I’m saving some money because the larger sizes of meat usually cost a little less per pound, and I’m saving time because I’m cooking two meals at once.