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'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....
Nov. 7, 2010 12:10 am
I agree I have been stocking up too! I love to bake and cook and have been testing all kinds of recipes here lately. As a matter of fact, my hubby and I will be appearing on a local daytime tv show cooking some of our favorite foods. This is a spring board to launch what I hope is a succesful personal chef business!! I always buy on sale and stock up. Another good place to shop is the mark down bins at local grocery stores, you know the ones that say use today or freeze...great discounts on stuff you just have to be savvy about the regular price, sale price and the markdown price, some things are not great deals
Nov. 7, 2010 12:48 am
I want a freezer so badly! We used to have an extra (ooooooooooold) fridge in the garage, and it was wonderful! A freezer would be great . . . One day . . . (Hi Chickie!)
Nov. 7, 2010 6:34 am
We are kindred spirits! I stock up this time of year too. The best deals of the year for baking goods are in November. Plus of course the holiday theme meats! The really good ads have yet to come out in the Seattle area but I did score both white flour and white sugar this week. Another thing that fills my freezer is home made freezer jam and frozen berries. Coming from Astoria you know that the PNW is berry heaven. If you make freezer jam you will never go back to store bought. Heading to the the U-pick farms is a great family outing with tangible rewards. Hey Xraybarb - as we are now entering the gift giving season if you really do want a freezer then put out the word that you'd love gift cards from Sears. That's what I did and I ended up paying around $25 out of pocket for a freezer.
Nov. 7, 2010 8:30 am
I love my freezers and my canning jars!
Nov. 7, 2010 8:44 am
Thanks for the advice. I'd never considered stocking up on turkeys.
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