Owning a freezer is one of those investments that truly pays for itself. I can’t tell you how many times I look at our freezer and thank my lucky stars that we have it. Well, I’m actually thankful that we have 4 freezers, no that isn’t a typo… In fact, because of our freezer, I’m able to prepare freezer meals and make delicious and healthy meals for my family for weeks and weeks in advance.
While there seems to be a bit of a misunderstanding when it comes to freezer meals, I can assure you that filling your freezer doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. If you are looking for simple ways to frugally fill your freezer, you’re in luck! I’ll share with you some simple tips that anyone can do!
Simple Ways to Frugally Fill your Freezer
Take advantage of those sale prices
Back before we had a freezer, there were so many times that I had to pass up on a good sale price because we just didn’t have space. But now, it isn’t an issue. Take advantage of the price breaks that the stores will offer on meats, veggies, and fruits and buy them up! You can freeze almost anything to use for later and it is an extremely simple way to frugally fill your freezer. If you see chicken or any type of meat for a crazy cheap price, buy as much as you can and plan accordingly. Not only can you freeze it to thaw later, but you can also use that chicken to make some extremely yummy freezer meals as well.
Buy in bulk if possible
If you have a large family and have a lot of mouths to feed like me, then buying in bulk is a great way to save some money. Big warehouses do a great job of having competitive pricing on items that I like to grab and freeze. I’ll often be able to pick up some hamburger in bulk pricing for about .25-.50 cents less per pound than buying individually. And while that cost difference may not seem like a lot, it adds up quickly!
Prepare as many freezer meals as you possibly can
Depending on how much room you have in your freezer, you can have a ton of meals ready to be thawed and eaten at any point in time. In our house, I like to have about 6 weeks worth of freezer meals ready to go. I can’t tell you how much of a lifesaver this has been to me and my sanity! Some days, I’m drained and just don’t feel like I can make a meal from scratch. And then…I remember that I don’t have to. I simply have to walk to the freezer, pull out a fully prepared meal, and heat. And just like that, I’m once again thankful for our freezer. Part of why I love preparing freezer meals is that I can save a ton of money preparing meals and freezing them with ingredients that are in season and on sale. My family loves the fact that during winter we can have a meal with fresh summer tomatoes if we choose. And buying items in season is a great way to save money and fill that freezer full of amazing dinner options.
If you have a freezer and are not fully utilizing all the ways that you can start saving money and storing food, you need to start! You’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to get ahead in your freezer meal planning for your family and also save money along the way. Once you get the hang of freezing meals and saving money, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without using your freezer to its full potential.
Looking for more ways to frugally fill your freezer? Head over to my freezer meals idea Pinterest board for some amazing ideas on how to fill your freezer and recipes to fill it with!