Co-op Freezer Meals

I know that some of you are thinking that with your busy schedules (or other things that make life hectic) you will not be able to use the freezer meal method to make things a little less rushed and save you money.

Well, there is a way that you can “cure” the problem of doing all the cooking yourself. Co-op freezer meals!

What does that mean? When you “co-op” freezer meals, you round up your friends and/or family members and each of you make a certain number of meals for each family.  For example, let’s say there are 5 other people in your co-op.  You would make 6 different (large-sized) dinners as well as 6 different lunches and 6 breakfasts for the people in your co-op.  The other members would do the same.  In the end, you find a way to get together to exchange and split the meals up so that you each have 30 different meals.

If  someone in your co-op has a great dinner recipe, then that person can make that particular dish plus 5 other meals for dinners. Then you make your specialty and so forth. This takes a lot of time out of making the meals.

Be sure to take into consideration:

  • Family sizes (a family of 8 vs a family of 3)
  • Those who have family members with allergies

You will have to label and make an index card for each freezer meal with any preparation details, cooking instructions, and what else needs to be added at the time of cooking. However, you only have to do this once with each meal – then you can store it in your recipe box for next time.

Be sure to get your grocery lists ready before going to the store and your coupons to match, so that you are ready to save. You can also check the store deals on Frugal Diva Frenzy to match the prices and coupons for the items you need.

Another option is a co-op get together in one kitchen (if you can find one large enough to host all 6 of you).  It works the same way – make the meals for the month then split them – but only you get to visit with one another while you work.  You would split the cost of the groceries as well, so that everyone is paying less for their month’s worth of groceries.

I have done this before and it works out very well. There is nothing like a bunch of people in the kitchen laughing, cooking and just having a great time. It also helps when you have little ones, as everyone can take turns checking on them to make sure they aren’t getting into anything they aren’t supposed to be. ;)

Not only is a co-op a great excuse for a get together and save on your grocery budget, but you also get some amazing and new meals that you might have never thought about making otherwise!

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.

Comments

  1. 1
    stacy h says:

    i love freezer meals and co-ops! it is the only way i can make time and budget work =)

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    Jerry says:

    I am confused on the math. If six different people make 18 different meals (108 total meals) and every one swaps so the amount everyone is receiving in equal (108 divided by 6 (= 18)) how does everyone end up with 30 meals each?

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    Valerie says:

    Good question, Jerry. Perhaps the guest blogger can answer??

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