Before I started to make freezer meals I never realized how much we wasted, not only in food but in money as well – for take-out, groceries when in a hurry, or how much money we “threw away” on left overs or forgotten fridge items. So I started a log to see how much it was actually running our family, and I was just in shock when I saw the totals!
Now, I take a weekend to make all of my breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the month.
I don’t know about for your family but a quick trip to McDonalds on those nights when everyone has activities going on runs us $30 each time! If you do that just 4 times a month, you’re looking at $120 in fast food!
When you make freezer meals for a month in advance, your waste costs and grocery budget will go down. My suggestions to you are:
- Buy your veggies at a flea market/ fruits and veggie stands (if the prices are as low as I buy mine).
- Keep a journal for a month to see just how much money you actually waste (i.e. how much you spend on lunches out, food you throw out, and how much you spend on groceries). I think the totals will find you thinking about how you can cut these costs.
If you find yourself wondering how to cut your costs, then try the freezer meals method. It’s also great for busy families that need to get dinner on the table fast. This is also handy for those times when you’re too sick to cook.
Here are links to some of our favorite freezer meals to get you started.
We make meals for breakfast because we all have different morning schedules, and breakfast is the most import meal to start your day. These are only a couple of our favorites.
Although some of these lunches ideas require microwaving, our kids have access to one so they can still take them to school. But if yours don’t, you could still use these as “work lunches.”
Our freezer dinners make evenings so much easier on those busy nights when everyone has activities. And when I’m “under the weather” I know they are still eating healthy. I can just throw it in a pan or crockpot and I’m done (this really saves on the germ-sharing). (I also added a second list of freezer dinners here.)
These are just a few examples of the freezer meals that we make for our family, but there are so many more choices of meals that your family will never get bored. Just do a search for “freezer meals” and the list of possibilities is endless!
Debbie is a single mom to 4 wonderful children, her pride and joy. Frugal Diva Frenzy was born of her two passions, writing and saving money, in order to help other parents save money on their budgets. Her family lacks nothing they need only because she is very frugal. Having two special needs sons, they are on a limited budget and need to save wherever they can. Debbie shares these tips with her readers so that they, too, can save money. Frugal Diva Frenzy is her way of giving back to the community by helping moms and dads get their family needs for less and showing them how to have fun and free entertainment while making lasting memories. There is nothing that is more important than family.
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