The main reason freezer cooking saves money is because it is basically a big assembly line. Instead of getting out the cutting board 5 times a week to dice an onion, you're going to do it all at once. Instead of browning ground beef three times, you'll do it all at once and then split it up. This means less overall time cooking, less prep time, faster meals, and (my favorite) less dirty dishes! By planning your meals out and having everything ready, you'll cut down on those expensive last minute runs to the store and pizza deliveries.
To get started with freezer cooking, you just have to do a few things: create a cooking plan, a grocery list, and then head to the store. Pick up only what is on your list – nothing extra. Freezer cooking is about saving time and money. There's no room for extras during these trips, so stay on track.
How does freezer cooking save me time? How does it save me money? There are several ways to answer these questions, but I'll give you a quick run down based on my experiences.
Time is money. Planning is key. No matter which way you slice it, the only way to do freezer cooking is by planning. Planning your list, your meals, your freezer day cooking, the whole nine yards. By spending a few hours planning, and a few more hours cooking, you can have an entire month's worth of dinners all prepped and planned out. Sure, it takes some extra time at first – but it gets easier every time you do it. Once you get into the swing of things, you get a system going and it's like second nature! Next week, I'll be sharing my printable charts with you (just have to figure out how to get them onto the new computer first) which will save you a TON of time.
Less is more. When you make less trips to the grocery store, you spend less. By freezer cooking once, twice, or even a handful of times each month, you will cut down on the number of times you have to visit the store. Less visits equals less money spent & more time to spend on things you enjoy.
More is more. Purchasing items in bulk will save you a pretty penny. Sometimes, items are half the price when purchased in bulk! That adds up quickly, especially when you're purchasing items like meat. Shopping at stores like Costco and Sam's Club will help you keep your per-pound costs down.
Do you use freezer cooking to save time and money? Share your tips in the comments!
Don't forget to check out the rest of our 30 Days of Freezer Cooking series!