Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Works for me Wednesday: Keeping the stockpile under control

Hello. My name is Summer and I am a......stockpiler.

I admit that when I see a next to nothing deal, I grab it. Or two or three or a dozen.

I just can't help myself. If I have 3 coupons for an item, its a manager special and it's $.20 for a bag of frozen broccoli, you bet your tushy I buy 3 of them.

I get alot of sighing and looks from my hubs but he rarely says anything because he has seen the power of the money savings. I get the looks because it is his job to go out to our chest freezer and find a spot for all the deals.

There is only one itzy bitzy problem......... I forget what I have out there. I could go out there every Sunday night and see what I have before I do my menu planning. I tell myself, however that Sunday is supposed to be the day of rest, right?!?! I know, however that I just don't want my hands to turn blue as I dig through the Mary Poppins bag of freezers.

So...... I have come up with this.

I found these magnetic whiteboards at a store for $1. I love that I can simply write what I have in my freezer, erase when I no longer have it, post dates of casseroles and baked goods and add as I go to the grocery store. It actually saves me money because we are using the things that I have gotten the deals on and nothing goes bad and gets wasted.

And that works for this mama...who would rather play games with her kidlets than dig through a freezer!

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The Halbert Home said...

Found you on WFMW, I do the same thing for our freezer!

Lynn said...

Great idea! Love it! Now I need to find me some of those itty bitty white boards. Last year we had a big garden and I wanted to make sure I used up all the extra applesauce, tomato soup, freezer pickles, etc. that I had processed and frozen. So I made myself a little chart to put on the freezer, with 12 columns, one per month, and pencilled in each column how many of the item we should consume each month in order to have a (relatively) empty freezer in time for THIS year's produce. It has worked great. Whenever I remove something from the freezer, I mark over the penciled number in pen so I know it's gone. It's really helped me cycle through the food better. Because what good is all that food if we forget it's there? :)

'Becca said...

Yes!! I did this a few weeks ago, and I'm loving it! We only have a fridge freezer, so it is packed most of the time, and we sometimes forget what's in back. It's great not to have to stand there getting cold and wasting energy just to figure out what we have.

We also make a list like this in summer when we have a lot of fresh produce, to remind us of what needs to be used up before it goes bad.