'Tis The Season to Stock The Freezer!
Nov. 6, 2010 10:36 pm
Updated: Nov. 7, 2010 8:44 am
Fa la la la la....
Okay, but seriously though, the holidays have officially started. One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the amazing deals at the grocery store. Frozen turkey, ham, all sorts of baking ingredients; you name it, it's on sale. This is the time
of year that I like to stock up on freezer items and baking supplies. Sadly, this is also when I got the brainy idea to have a competition with my sister to see who could spend the least amount on groceries. Needless to say I've failed spectacularly. This
week I spent over $200 at our local grocery store. It's just a tiny bit over the $75 budget that my sister and I set, but in one week I managed to just about fill our stand up freezer with 6 whole frozen turkey breasts (at $.99/lb) 4 spiral half hams (at
$1.57/lb) and 3 whole chickens (at $.57/lb). I also purchased A TON of canned goods such as Swanson's broth, condensed and evaporated milk, etc. After adding up my grocery receipts, I spent $220, and saved $350. I have just enough room left in the freezer
for a few whole turkeys when they hit less than $.50/lb. Yes, my husband thinks I'm crazy, but there's a method to my madness. Sliced and frozen into meal-size portions, one half ham will feed our family for 10 meals. A whole turkey breast can provide us
with 3 or 4 meals plus sandwiches for several days, all for under $10. Don't even get me started on a whole turkey; it'll feed us for a week, and when it gets close to Thanksgiving you can pick up a good size one for around $6. Luckily my family loves turkey,
and thanks to an entire arsenal of recipes we never get tired of eating it.
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, but it can be an expensive one. We have a house full of people, and as well as hosting, we provide 95% of the food. I start planning the menu at least a month in advance, and usually make everything from scratch.
Nobody ever knows that our entire dinner is comprised of whatever was the best deal at the store, and I'm sure not telling. We all have our secrets. I just wish I had a bigger freezer....