I decided what better thing to do on a 40 deg day but a freezer inventory and re-org! I had to work fast though to avoid everything thawing..
This is what I have in my freezer & the number of portions (after I tossed the unrecognisable or badly freezer-bitten stuff):
- steak - 14
- mince - 10
- chicken - 4
- chicken wings - 1
- sausages - 10
- pork chops - 2
- fish - 3
- bacon pieces (use for pizzas & flavouring)
- salami (handful - use for flavouring)
- mashed pumpkin (use for scones / bread)
- bagfull of bananas (to make bread or muffins)
- 2 apples (cook for crumble etc)
- tinned pineapple - 3
- tinned fruit salad - 1
- coconut cream - 1
- cooked snags - 1
- cooked snag & onion casserole - 1
- pizza dough - 1
- couscous - 1
- tomato soup - 2
- chicken stock - 5
- shortcrust pastry - 3 or 4 sheets
I'm going to keep shopping to a minimum for the next 6 weeks. I'll try to keep it to fresh fruit & veges, and staples like eggs, milk, cheese, bread etc. Hmm, can I sneak ice-cream into staples??!
So the money I save doesn't just disappear I'll put some figures on it.
Normal grocery shopping budget is $95/week. If I allow $25/week for purchases, that should be $70/week I save - or $420 over the time.
- I have a higher than normal water bill due in a couple of weeks, so $70 will go to that.
- I'll put aside $20/week to go to restock on meat at the end of the 6 weeks - $120.
- That will leave $230 to go into savings.