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:
- Double your meals that you make.
- Prepare pieces of meals, so that future meals are more convenient and quicker.
- Make Freezer packets
- 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!