Many of us buy food, stick it in the freezer and use some of it. Life happens – you end up working late and eating cereal for dinner. Eventually you forget (at least I do) that you bought that meat or froze that extra chili. When you finally make time to look through your freezer, you can’t recognize most of it.
Change this now by making sure you eat the food you buy. This keeps you from having to buy so much later especially when you stock up on sales. Readers on this blog know exactly what you can do with extra found money right?
Start by cleaning out one shelf at a time from your freezer. If you haven’t done this in a while, realize you may be tossing food. Consider doing this the night before your trash is picked up. Make those hard decisions by tossing things that are just too freezer burned to use. Note what’s left and make a plan to use it as soon as you can. Keep doing that with each new shelf.
If your freezer is all vertical shelving, use up what’s on the bottom shelf, move everything down one shelf and keep going. New stuff goes on the empty top shelf. Everything new that you put in your freezer needs to be labeled and dated here on out.
Keep using food from the bottom.
If you have a freezer that’s a large pull out drawer on the bottom, I envy you! I think they are awesome. But I have no idea how to organize it so that you’ll automatically rotate. I guess I’d keep a list and just go in and find what I need to thaw for the next day’s meal. Keeping a list sounds like a pain but if it coughs up some real money for you to put in your Money Game, it’s worth it to me. At least it’s a job you’re getting paid to do.
Today we are powering up with some money leftover in our food budget. Our garden is coming like crazy and all the veggies we are eating have helped to lower our food bill this week.
Today’s Deposit: $14.51
Level Completed: 169 out of 251
Amount Deposited this month: $1123.03
Total Balance: $19,198.49
Our Money Game fund has increased 6.2% so far this month.
$ 807.08 is needed to reach the next level