There’s a difference between being “cheap” and “frugal.”
Cheap people refuse to spend money wherever they can, even if they need something. They think by not spending money, they’ll keep more of it. This isn’t always the case.
Being frugal means spending your money smartly. It means recognizing when you can save money by spending more of it at the right time.
When it comes to buying meat (and some other foods), this is the perfect time to be frugal.
In most cases, supermarkets and other food outlets give you deals when you buy more of an item. The two-pack of cereal boxes is cheaper than a single box. The tray of tomatoes has a set price that comes out to less than the per pound price of individual tomatoes.
If you’re like most families, you spend the largest percentage of your food budget on meat. If you have a really big family, this can be hundreds or even a thousand dollars per month. Yikes!
Obviously this is an area where we want to maximize our savings. A deep freezer is a worthwhile investment. It allows you to buy large quantities of meat and store them for a while.
If you really like saving and the discounts at your local wholesale club isn’t enough, most areas have a food distributor that serves restaurants, delis, cafes, etc. They usually deliver to these establishments, but they all have a window or counter where you can walk up and purchase a case (or larger) of anything they stock on site.
For example, if your family eats a lot of chicken (don’t they all?), buy a 50lb case of assorted pieces. When you get home, seal them up in prepackaged portions and drop them into your freezer.
In many cases, the price per pound of such large quantities is half of what you’ll find in your supermarket. If you used this method for beef, turkey, lamb, or any other meat you use, you will more than recover the cost of the deep freezer and its energy. Plus, you’ll never have to run out to the store to pick up meat.
Do you own a deep freezer? If so, what sort of things do you store in it?
Written by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer
For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.
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