For many years, I was a "weekly grocery shopper". That's all that went into my cart--just enough for the week. If I came across a great deal on produce, just enough for one week went into my cart. That rock bottom price on chicken? I put one package in my cart and hoped for another sale the next week.
After getting serious about finding ways to save money, I quickly learned that I was missing out on one of the easiest and most practical ways to save money...using my freezer!
What's in my freezer.....
- Chopped and sliced green peppers. They were on sale for $.69/lb. Since they are usually over $2 a pound in my area and I cook with these pretty often, I couldn't resist buying quite a few of these and freezing them.
- Chicken. Lately I have been able to find chicken on sale for $.99 almost every week. I usually buy an extra package or two and put it in the freezer. It will be nice to have when there is a week with no meat sales.
- Bread. We just went to the local Country Kitchen bread store during their 5 for $5 sale. They are able to sell bread so low because it is about to expire, so I always put it right into the freezer. And of course, I also have bread end-slices.
- Fruit. I recently had grapes, strawberries and bananas that were getting a bit too ripe so I put them in the freezer. The grapes and strawberries will make good smoothies and I will make banana bread or muffins with the bananas.
- Popsicles from last summer. Yes, I have a few popsicles with freezer burn in my freezer. It's good to remember that food doesn't last forever in the freezer! :)