Stocking Up The Freezer Being Frugal
I know I’m a bit crazy with my grocery supplies as some of you saw from the photo essay of my cabinets and pantry. At the end of that essay, I did show you the extra freezer we keep and called it a ‘mite empty. If you can consider two full turkeys, about 6 lbs. of assorted steaks, approximately 8 lbs. of chicken cutlets, another 12 lbs. of pork products including sausage, ribs and chops, ’empty’.
Well, now, I wasn’t joking about going shopping to fill it up a bit either. First stop was Publix, where they timberland uk had some beautiful loin of pork on sale for $1.99/lb. Now I know I can get it cheaper at Sams’ Club, and I will, but the meat was just too nice to pass up for the price. I got a nice 6 lb. piece that I simply cut in half and froze for future meals.
You may want to note how I make sure I know what I’ve put away, how large it is and when. This roast was easy, I merely cut timberland uk through the entire packag timberland uk ing and placed it into the sealing bag. The one piece still has the store label on it showing the date and weight. Easy. On the other piece I just wrote using a permanent market the approximate size of the cut roast. All the other info I need is there.
Then I went wild in Winn Dixie. They had some of my favorites on sale at buy one get one free and I just went to town.
Chicken Tenders $4.99 lb. I purchased 4 packages, each approximately 1 1/4 lbs. at b1g1f for a total of 5 lbs. for what came to $2.53/lb. Not bad. I use these for chicken fingers or tenders, and they’re quite popular here so I vacuum sealed them into two 2 1/2 lb. packages.
This will be two meals, each for four people. Break it down and it comes to $6.35/meal or $1.58 per person. A lot healthier not to mention cheaper than KFC or Popeyes.
My final item for the freezer was London Broil. I cut the store label off the package and placed it into my freezer sealing bag with the meat, and I’ll know exactly how big it is and when I purchased it. I paid a total of $11.18 for both of them, bringing my cost down to $1.40 per person (4) per meal (2). You can’t beat that.
I’m not done yet. We also picked up some Butterball sliced turkey (it comes in a tub) also at b1g1f. Normally 8 oz. will cost $3.99, so now we were getting it at $3.99/lb. Not bad for nice turkey, which by the way is half gone due to teenguys nightly kitchen raids. Also, 1 lb. packages of fresh strawberries were also b1g1f, priced at $3.99/lb., now it became $2./lb. In addition to some nice fresh fruit, I guess I’ll have some baking or dehydrating to do also.
I’m going to be near the stores again today and Tuesday, as we have some business to take care of around town, so I’m thinking of getting some regular chicken cutlets (yes, b1g1f) for tomorrows’ dinner and maybe more sausage. Tomorrow I’ll be posting another purchase we made, this time of a much larger nature. Last week i got the frozen boneless skinless chicken thighs 4 bags 2/10 . Not my personal favorite(i prefer white meat) but everyone else loves them, and 2 bags make 3 meals for 6 people so a good deal too!
I also use a lot of coupons, rarely buy anything i don’t have a coupon unless it’s onSUPER sale or a store brand! Last shopping trip i saved over half of my total bill ($238) with coupons and sales!
Now if only i could get my family to eat DIFFERENT kinds of foods.
My garden is still looking a little sad! LOL we had cold weather so late it never even got planted til the first of June! Things are growing good so far, so we’ll see! I LOVE my foodsaver! My mom bought it for us for an anniversary gift about 7 8 years ago, and i use it a LOT!
We just have strawberries starting to get ripe here, and blueberries won’t be ready for another month or so!
I am taking the kids one day this week to a pick your own strawberry place, not sure where, gotta find the best deal ya know!
Hopefully net year mine will be producing! I planted 100 plants this spring, along with 4 blueberry bushes and 5 raspberry bushes!
I have a small extra freezer too. That’s so smart of you to have the space when sales come up. We’re all supposed to have 3 weeks of food backed up timberland uk in case supply lines are disrupted during the upcoming flu season.
Those B1F1 things don’t look like good deals to me. Our local Adams Fairacre Farms, sells boneless skinless chicken thighs for $2.49 everyday on sale (about once a month) for $1.49 1.99. That’s when I stock up. I have 5 packages for my family reunion on Saturday. Their boneless skinless chicken breasts are always $1.99 a pound. Their store made Italian sausage is $1.89 2.29 a pound, and their store ground hamburger (the only hamburger I’ll buy) goes on sale once a month or so for $1.89 2.29 a pound. They are great tasting!
Yesterday I bought sirloin steaks at Hannaford for $1.89/lb. I got 3! and boneless pork cutlets for .99 cents a pound. 5lbs of Sabretts hotdogs was $17.95 at Hannafords, but $12.67 at Sam’s guess where I bought them? You are right to shop around.
I really worry about having too much “put away”. When Hurricane Flloyd knocked out our power for 5 days I lost everything in the chest freezer. I never plugged it in again. The small freezer is my compromise!
I used to love Adams when I lived up there.!! I would just get lost in their cheese section! Yes, they had good prices, and I so miss their weekly special sales. Trust me, the b1g1f sales for the chain supermarkets is a good deal. Yes, I can go to Harvey’s for cheaper prices, but honestly, the meat is low grade and I wouldn’t even want to eat it. Up north, you have more competition as you have more choices in where to purchase your foods, therefore, you will get more competitive prices. We don’t have too much choice here.
Oh, shoot, Richard. Now I’m missing Adams. I remember packing up the family and going just about every Wednesday night when the sales would start and they’d give cookies and juice to the kids.