What to Stock in Your Deep Freezer to Slash Your Grocery Budget

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated September 8, 2019

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September 8, 2019

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Weekly groceries can certainly add up to quite a lot, especially if you have a large family to feed. Taking advantage of coupons and sales, as well as buying some items in bulk, can save you a bit of money on your grocery bill, but there is another tip you might want to try: stocking certain food items in the freezer.

There are many food items you can purchase to keep in your freezer until you are ready to use them which can save you a significant amount of money on your grocery bill. Consider stocking some of these items in your deep freezer to slash your grocery budget, and you’ll not only save money, but also have plenty of food on hand for the future.

Do you ever decide to go and spend money on takeout, fast food, or even a regular meal out at a restaurant simply because there wasn’t any food in the house and you hadn’t gone shopping yet? Well, having an assortment of foods in the freezer ensures that you won’t have to do that, saving you even more money.

You can set aside plenty of foods in the morning to defrost so that they will be ready to heat up or cook in the evening. This way you can avoid wasting money on fast food or going out to eat.

You can also make and freeze plenty of foods too, including:

  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Pasta Dishes
  • Applesauce
  • Casseroles
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Soup Stock
  • Fish

Then you can use your oven or microwave to heat pre-made dishes, and have a convenient meal that saves you time and money!

How often do you see some items on sale but don’t purchase much of it because you know they will spoil before you can cook and consume it all? Well, if you purchase sale items that can be frozen, then you’ll be able to stock up and save plenty! Some of the items that often go on sale that you can purchase and freeze include:

  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Beef
  • Poultry
  • Bacon
  • Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Grapes
  • Nuts

Dinner and other ingredients aren’t the only things you can freeze and save. You can freeze plenty of breakfast items too that can be heated up and cooked quickly in the morning.

For example, you can make stacks of pancakes, waffles, and French toast, and then just take out what you want for breakfast each morning. You can also slice up bananas, freeze them on a cookie sheet, and then put them in a freezer bag. Take out some slices to add to cereal in the morning—they will defrost fairly quickly.

Other fruits can be cut up and frozen to have at the ready for frozen smoothies! And, baked goods such as muffins will also keep very nicely in the freezer.

Being able to freeze many of the foods mentioned above eliminates a lot of waste, saving you money on having to buy more foods each week, and ensures that you won’t be scrambling to go out and buy something to eat.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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