I mentioned last week that we bought a new freezer on September 22nd. Home Depot had 6.9 cu. ft. Magic Chef chest freezers on sale for $168. With our 10% military discount, it cost us just $159.21.
My goal is to save the cost of the freezer–$159.21–in a year, using that freezer to buy certain items on sale and freeze them rather than buying them at typical prices. And for your benefit and my own, I’m documenting my progress on that goal here on the blog.
09/28/2018: Savings $14.00
We took a special trip to Lidl and saved ourselves quite a bit:
- My husband’s breakfast croissants, 3 boxes at $1.99 each rather than our usual $3.99 each. TOTAL SAVED: $6.00
- Bacon, 4 packages of it at $1.89 each rather than the usual $3.69 each. TOTAL SAVED: $7.20
- Bread, 2 packages of it at $0.25 each rather than the usual $0.65 each. My husband dislikes previously frozen bread for sandwiches, but it works well for French toast and other recipes. TOTAL SAVED: $0.80
I also bought and froze 4 containers of whipping cream at $0.79 each, but I don’t know what the savings is on that because my receipt does not reflect the usual price.
10/03/2018: Savings: $10.42
I made my weekly trip to the commissary even though I didn’t really need anything. But I bought a few items on sale and stocked them in our freezer for later:
- Ballpark hot dogs, 4 packages $ 1.60 each rather than the usual $1.90 each. TOTAL SAVED: $1.20
- Oscar Mayer lunch meat, 2 packages $2.00 each rather than the usual $2.74 each. TOTAL SAVED: $1.48
- Steaks on manager’s special. TOTAL SAVED: $5.15
- Frozen meat on clearance. TOTAL SAVED: $2.59
Total saved through 10/03/2018: So far, in two shopping trips, we’ve saved $24.42 just by being able to store excess food in our freezer.
I’ll call this a win so far.
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