One thing I've been doing for ages, but more regularly now, is make lots of sandwiches at once and then freeze them for easy grab and go lunches. When I was a school teacher this was critical for those days when I didn't have a lot of time in the morning. Now that I'm taking care of my husband, I like to have all the components of a quick and healthy lunch ready so that he or I can throw it together before he heads out the door. I used to do this when my loaf of bread was getting old. Now I make my own bread and keep loaves in the freezer since, let's face it, the 50 pound tubs of whole wheat are a super cheap food storage and what good is the food storage if it's not used?
So every Tuesday I check the supply of frozen sandwiches, carrot sticks, apples, and if he's lucky, frozen blobs of cookie dough. If I'm out, I make more or put the item on my shopping list. I also check my supply of bread and if I'm out I make more - usually I only have to do one or the other.
This may be the time and money saving tip most of my friends have asked about and even adopted themselves. I lay out all my bread in twos to know how many sandwiches I can make.
Then I take out my peanut butter and my choice of jellies - lately I've been using up my failed apricot freezer jam (too syrupy) - and scoop out the amount I think I'll need.
I mix it all together. I think this helps the jelly from making your bread soggy, plus when the jelly is too syrupy it helps it from oozing out.
I slop the mixture on half the pieces of bread and then close them up. Sometimes I have extra mixture, but I don't mind eating that straight - the bowl needs to be licked anyway - or I try to just divide it out evenly.
I wrap them all up individually in plastic wrap (cheaper than Ziplocs and I can get a monster roll at Costco that lasts FOREVER) and then bag them, either in the bread bag the loaf came in, or the Ziploc I had my bread in when it was in the freezer. By the way, I reuse Ziplocs all the time, since usually I have things portioned in plastic wrap inside the Ziploc anyway. I usually get enough sandwiches to get me through another week or two and I feel best when I get ahead of myself anyway. Like savings in the bank, I've got sandwiches in the freezer. So handy!