Especially if you have a brand new chest freezer or have moved to a new area where you were not able to bring your freezer stockpile, there are ways you can stock that freezer for much less.
Freezer foods often follow a cycle when they are available. And if you purchase on sale, you can stock up on things like frozen lasagna or frozen vegetables when they are cheap, and don’t buy them when they are full price. And nearly everything in your grocery store goes on sale at some point following a 4-6 week cycle.
Don’t forget to price check with places like Costco and WalMart. Sometimes the prices are cheaper than other store’s sale prices, even when they are priced at 2-for-1 deals.
Buy things like chicken breasts or ground beef in bulk. Then you can repackage in smaller portions at home, saving significant money with just a little bit of time investment.
Skip the frozen hamburger patties. Even though they seem like a deal, they are often low quality and filled with filler ingredients. Instead, buy ground hamburger and make your own patties, and freeze them in either individual portions or in family sized portions matched to your family.
Don’t forget you can also repackage items into a smaller package to save space – you can place frozen fish sticks into a Ziploc or vacuum seal flag and just cut out the piece of cardboard with the instructions.