I’d venture to guess that most of you stumbled upon my blog by way of my Freezer Meals on the Cheap post.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I thought it was a throw-away post! When I first wrote it, I had only been blogging for a few months and I needed a quick post for a guest spot on another blog. I didn’t think too much about it and quick typed up a freezer meal post. A month or two later, we were leaving for vacation and I wanted to put a post up as filler before we left. I re-wrote parts of this guest post and threw it up on my own blog.
Again, not really thinking too much of it. This was just the way I had been cooking for awhile and it didn’t strike me as anything out of the ordinary.
I came back to madness!! I was used to a couple hundred pageviews a day at that time. I came back to almost 200,000 pageviews in the 5 days or so we were gone! There were hundreds of comments and emails! Honestly, I was so overwhelmed that I almost shut my blog down right then and there. Yes, that’s how I deal with stress!
In the 4 years since I wrote That Post, it continues to be the #1 source of my traffic and income. I’ve received so much support from Crystal at Money Saving Mom, my husband, readers and more to turn that post into a cookbook. I want to. I really, really do. I just find myself stumped with the process.
In the meantime, comments and emails continue to come in. I recently received this comment from Haley A.:
The prices that I paid in that post seems to be what everybody focuses on. I get it. They were some pretty phenomenal prices. I wish people understood a bit better that I was sharing a concept and technique, and that having success with that technique doesn’t hinge on being able to buy chicken for $1/lb. You can still prepare the meals the same way I do even if you live in an area where meat is more expensive!
That being said… I was intrigued by Haley’s comment and wanted to show you, that even 4 years later, I’m still able to find pretty good deals on meat. Not quite as good as I did at the time I wrote the original post, but good enough to still make me smile!
Just this morning, I ran to the grocery store to see what I could find. I didn’t call ahead to see if there were any sales. I haven’t been paying attention to what days of the week our store marks down meat. I didn’t think about what time of the day I was going. I just wanted to run in when I had a free moment (since that’s how a lot of us shop), and see what I could find!
We will be having this BBQ Chicken for dinner tonight! Already seasoned so I don’t even have to worry about doing anything extra. There was a $3 off coupon on it, so I paid just about $1/lb. for this pack.
This boneless, skinless chicken was a little bit more. There was a $2 off coupon, so it came out to about $2/lb.
This sausage had a $3 off coupon. For $2.03, I can get 2 meals out of this. I already cut the casings off, crumbled it and fried it up. I split it into 2 bags and now I have it to pull out for a quick quiche, omelets, hash or egg muffins.
These beef cubes each had $2 off coupons on them. $1.95 for the one pack and $2.28 for the other. I tossed them with a balsamic marinade and we’ll grill them this summer as shish ke’babs.
I also picked up some pork chops. These had a $2 off coupon which brought the price down to $3.48. I tossed them with a dijon marinade and they’re already in the freezer. We’ll grill them with some potato packets and corn on the cob this summer.
So just like that, I got about 7 meal starters made for less than $20 and it only took me about 30 minutes once I got home and started throwing things in bags. Most of these meals will give us plenty of leftovers too!
So, yes, I still can find great deals! In fact, there was A TON at my store this morning. This was all I grabbed because I knew I was running short on time, but I probably left about 40-50 packs of other various meats that were on sale and/or had coupons. I haven’t found bacon for $1/lb. in awhile, but I’m managing pretty well still!
I do still use this cookbook quite a bit:
If you haven’t visited Once a Month Meals yet, I highly recommend starting there if you’re interested in freezer meals! It’s a great resource for how to approach freezer meals and filled with lots of recipes for all different tastes. You can customize the recipes and choose meal plans that work for your specific tastes and family size.
and I’ve also found some great deals on kitchen food savers and other gadgets at Zulily! These bench scrapers are one of my favorite tools! I use them for chopping a lot of veggies quickly and then scooping them up to place in the bowl or bag! They’re also great to scrape down the counter with when you’re cleaning! (psst! it’s also one of my favorite cake decorating tools!)
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