January 28, 2015

M's Freezer-Only Challenge

The freezer, complete with ominous lighting.
Last night when I went down to pull out meat from our upright freezer for the next few days' dinners, I got a surprise. Frozen meat and fruit came flying from the selves, attacking me as I tried to wrestle a small package from the freezer's icy grip. The meat I'd found on sale the past few weeks had led the freezer with organized stacks to become one where it was a danger to remove anything. I'd also noticed our credit card bill (unrelated to the meat buying) was higher than the budget allows. The freezer is an organizational and budget pitfall for many of us.

Suddenly, a light bulb (along with the alarm letting me know the freezer had been open too long) went on. I could solve two problems at once-- save money and clear out the freezer some. It would also mean a fun challenge to set for myself.

Thus, the Freezer-Only Challenge was born. What is this challenge you ask? Why, to only cook with meat pulled from the freezers (we have two) the next month. No buying more to freeze or use fresh. My month started January 23, the day of my last shopping trip. I'm not including fruit and other frozen items in this no-buy challenge as we don't have much of those.

Over these next weeks, I'll resist the temptation of grabbing meat at the grocery store that's a great price. That's hard for me as with soaring meat prices, sales are so important to keep the family fed without going broke. I'll just have to remind myself that really, there's no more room. That and I'll just be under attack again if I keep filling the freezer. Trust me, a bag of frozen chicken falling on your head as beef falls on your foot isn't fun at all. My goal is to end the month with a more manageable freezer that I can organize, and keep organized going forward, and a lower credit card bill.

I invite you to join me on this freezer-clearing, money-saving challenge. I'll be posting a few updates on how it's going and would love to hear about your experience (or why you don't want to take the challenge). Let me know by leaving a comment here or posting on our Facebook page.

Read the wrap up for this challenge.


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20 comments:

  1. We do this freezer challenge. We buy only what we need for a week. No more. It helps us keep things clean and budget.

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    1. That's a good idea. I usually do that with everything but meat since I only buy really cheap sale meat.

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  2. Funny! I love saving moneyI don't go grocery shopping until our freezer/fridge is bare lol that happens pretty fast for me. Hope your idea works!

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  3. This is great! I'm going to try it myself. Thanks for the idea.

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  4. It is hard to turn down a good meat deal. Meat is so expensive!

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    1. I agree! This is going to be so hard!

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  5. That is a really good idea! Sometimes I would like to have a freezer in addition to the small one in our fridge. Then I would probably also need a freezer only challenge.

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  6. This sounds awesome!! I need to stock my freezer good enough for me to be able to do this!

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    1. At least I won't have to worry about finding sales for a month! :)

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  7. Such a fun challenge, but worth enough to give a try. In fact most times, I used to make sure we have the ones that is required for the current week & not more than that. But when you have guests, you have different plans & it all changes in no time. Will try your idea to see how it works.

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    1. I hope it works for you. Let me know how it goes.

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  8. Such a fun challenge, but worth enough to give a try. In fact most times, I used to make sure we have the ones that is required for the current week & not more than that. But when you have guests, you have different plans & it all changes in no time. Will try your idea to see how it works.

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  9. Sounds like a fun challenge. My freezer, however, is nearly empty at the moment. So I may be doing a "clearing out the cupboards challenge, as my cupboards seem to be overloaded these days with things we found a great deal on and haven't got around to using yet(I have an ungodly amount of rice for some reason). Good luck with your challenge!

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    1. I am doing it with the pasta in my cupboards also. I just found yet another box hiding.

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  10. Great idea and I should do the same. I didn't make a proper freezer inspection in years :-(

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    1. I don't clean it out nearly as often as I should. Hopefully, this will get me on track finally.

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  11. Great challenge! I have some food in the freezer that needs to be used, too!

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    1. I hope it works for you as well.

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