Publix has a special on sour cream right now. Two for $4. YIKES!!! That’s the sale price?!!!! Not long ago the sale price was 99 cents!!!
With the price of gas, food prices going up and the grocery shrink ray working overtime, buying in bulk when items are on sale is a great way to mitigate some of the increased costs. Consider buying an extra freezer (they’re not expensive, especially second hand!) so you have space to stock up on those really good buys.
But what can be frozen, and for how long?
The USDA has a terrific site that will answer these questions and more, including this handy dandy chart:
Freezer Storage Chart (0 °F)
Note: Freezer storage is for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely.
|Bacon and Sausage||1 to 2|
|Casseroles||2 to 3|
|Egg whites or egg substitutes||12|
|Frozen Dinners and Entrees||3 to 4|
|Gravy, meat or poultry||2 to 3|
|Ham, Hotdogs and Lunchmeats||1 to 2|
|Meat, uncooked roasts||4 to 12|
|Meat, uncooked steaks or chops||4 to 12|
|Meat, uncooked ground||3 to 4|
|Meat, cooked||2 to 3|
|Poultry, uncooked whole||12|
|Poultry, uncooked parts||9|
|Poultry, uncooked giblets||3 to 4|
|Soups and Stews||2 to 3|
|Wild game, uncooked||8 to 12|
Buying more in one trip also means less trips, which means more savings in gas. And it also means more time to do the things you really want to be doing, like spending time with family.
This is getting ridiculous. It’s straining our finances, but we’re lucky. An extra $50 for gas and $50 for food per month isn’t going to kill us.
But others are not so fortunate. I know there are plenty of families out there for whom every penny counts. These are families for whom a $20 increase in gas per week can mean the difference between three meals per day and two. Or two meals and one. Or choices between lights and water.
And I worry about them.