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December 6th, 2011
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4 Weeks to a Lower Grocery Budget: Week 2 – Freezer Cooking!

So… did you accomplish week 1? Last week we talked about Menu Planning. Menu planning was our first challenge to saving money in this 4 week challenge. If you missed the posts last week, make sure you catch up and read them all here.

This week we are talking about freezer cooking and how it can transform your grocery budget. Just like last week, we will have a few posts to cover all the topics, so that you are not overwhelmed, but hopefully it will help you understand what I consider to be freezer cooking.

How can freezer cooking save me money?

First think about how many times you eat out? Maybe you don’t think you eat out that much, but how many times do you drive through the drive-thru because you have basketball practice, or dance, church, or some other activity? What if you could cut your eating out down or eliminate it all together? Go look through your bank account and start adding up those $3 here and those $5 here. They really ad up! If you can stop that habit, by creating healthy and inexpensive meals in your freezer, then you will immediately start to see the savings.

Don’t be Scared!

When I say those two words “freezer cooking” many people often get scared by them because they think of the massive “once a month” freezer cooking sessions. If you google those words, you will find a ton of information on it and it may scare you. 😉 Basically people block out 3 to 6 hours once a month, to to a massive amount of cooking and freezing, with the idea of helping them out the rest of the month. This is a great idea and can really help. However, I can’t find 3 to 6 hours of free time once a month. If I did, I would probably go on an extra date with my husband, lay on the couch and catch up on TV, or better yet… take a nap! 🙂

Let’s Transform those words “Freezer cooking”.

I am transforming the way you think of freezer cooking. Ok, maybe little ‘ol me isn’t going to change the way the world thinks about freezer cooking, but I have changed the way I think about it, and maybe I will change yours too. My goal of freezer cooking is to simplify my future meals and create convenience in the kitchen. If you have more convenience in the kitchen, then you are less likely to eat out for convenience… resulting in saving money!

There are several ways that you can do freezer cooking:

  1. Double your meals that you make.
  2. Prepare pieces of meals, so that future meals are more convenient and quicker.
  3. Make Freezer packets
  4. Make dry good packets and seasoning packets.

Over the next 4 days, I am going to discuss each one of these ways so that you are not overwhelmed. Your challenge this week is to actually complete one way of freezer cooking. It can be something very small, but after the next 4 days, you will be confident with stocking your freezer.

Stay tuned for tomorrow, where we will talk about doubling your meals.

So… I have to know… Did you create a menu this week? If so, I want to know! Make sure you leave a comment and let us know what you are having. It may inspire someone else!



  • nicole junk -

    This week we are having:

    Tuesday: tator tot casserole
    Wednesday: taco cups with Spanish rice
    Thursday: Sausage Skillet
    Friday: Shrimp Spring Rolls
    Saturday: Out of Town
    Sunday: Homemade Mac & Cheese

    Thanks for the Inspiration!!


  • Ashley -

    I started Menu planning a few months ago and love it. I have saved so much and it helps with finding coupons. I look forward to this week. Thanks!

  • Natalie -

    I did make a menu! It was like twisting my arm but now that it’s done I feel better about it! Our grocery list is SO little!! I’m excited! 🙂

  • Sarah -

    Hi Carrie,
    I’ve been doing meal plans for the last 3 weeks based on your blog and encouragement!
    It’s been helping to use up stuff in my pantry, buy less week to week, and best of all, it’s helped me not to stress at 5pm about what to have for dinner. I love using the crockpot the best and having dinner planned at 10am!
    This week’s plan:

    Mon: Italian Chicken Soup (from your website – very good!)
    Tue: Ravioli and meat sauce/broccoli/garlic bread
    Wed: Steak Fajitas (from a TGIF package that I got cheap with a coupon)
    Thu: Christmas party with friends (so no cooking – I’ll bring some cookies to share)
    Fri: Salmon patties/rice/green beans
    Sat: Fettucine with chicken and low-fat alfredo sauce (cheap with coupon)/salad

    All I needed today at the store was bread, milk, coffee, fresh fruit and I stocked up on boneless chicken (on sale), and frozen veggies (on sale), post cereal (on sale), diced tomatoes (on sale), and I actually didn’t need anything for my menu.
    Thanks for all you do!

  • Lynly -

    I’ve been using your recipes for the past 2 weeks and I made the Lasagna Casserole last night. We can’t wait to eat the second batch it made! Doubling up what you’re already making is a great idea. And all your recipes have been great! Thank you for all your hard work that helps make my life easier!

  • Natashia Mason -

    All your tips are so helpful, especially when it comes to the meal planning. I have done some freezer cooking, but not much, mainly because it’s hard to find the time to do it. I like to cook ground beef in big batches and then freeze it. It really makes it easy to create a meal when it is already cooked and it’s so easy to defrost.
    I look forward to your posts this week about cooking!
    Thanks for all you do 🙂

  • Brenda -

    I made a menu this week and it’s worked great so far, no lazy nights where we run through fast food. :o)

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