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    Freezing meals

    I am reading 'The World's Cheapest Family' and I read that they spend 2 days cooking 30 days worth of meals. I understand how it saves time and money in the long run, but does anyone actually do this? Is this woman just a supermom?

    We are getting ready to do two weeks worth of dinners, but I am just going to double 7 meals, so I am really only gonna cook 7 and split them up. And we are only doing it out of necessity right now and I have no clue what I am doing LOL Truthfully, those meals may get cut down to 4 or 5 and the kids can eat ravioli a few times.
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    I guess if you purchase items in bulk and then prepare the meals at one time it might save money and time savings by doing multiple servings at one time. I think she is just supermom and must have a HUGE freezer. I have a large upright freezer but I wouldn't have room for 30 meals for a family of 4.

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    Well we have a really big deep freeze and two refrigerators with freezers. Her concept is that they shop once a month and only buy stuff on their list (which we all know saves money) and she plans her meals around monthly coupons. She says she feeds a family of of 6 for $350 a month... we spend twice that for 5 of us.
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    I think one thing you can do is the idea of cook once and get a couple of meals out of that one cooking...Such as: Make a extra large pot of spaghetti meat sauce...One night have the fresh sauce over pasta.. cook extra pasta add the sauce and portion it out and freeze for future meals in the month...Same as with chicken..cook extra and debone and make up casserole dishes..Such as first meal have chix, rice with say broccoli..Take the extras and make up casseroles you can freeze...Then also save the chix scrapes and make a batch of soup from bones you have cooked down, add in some of the rice or pasta and some leftover veggies...

    I personally would have a hard time cooking that many meals at once..but could and do see making meals ahead for later in the month from what is for dinner tonight...
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    I shop around coupons and store sales and average 48% to 50% saving on all groceries(as long as I leave hubby at home). I plan for a week at a time. I buy meat when it is on sale and devide it up and freeze. Pork Chops @.98/lb. I buy about 20 lbs and have about 12 meals when I just add veggies' I don't like meals made and frozen as the remind me of TV dinners. This works for my family and if I know what I am going to fix I can have dinner ready in about 45 mins.

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    We are going to start cooking our two weeks worth of meals tomorrow.

    My dinners are (all X2)

    Chicken Noodle Soup
    Ham n Beans
    BBQ Chicken
    Burritos (just freezing the meat)
    Chicken Enchiladas

    The rest of the nights we will have sandwiches or something easy to fix (ravolies) and I will be home on the weekends to cook.

    Wish me luck! I have NO clue what I am doing! LOL
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    lasagna is expensive to make (for me anyway) but I would think that it would be easy to make and freeze, just like you would buy it in the big package at the store, just use one of your own aluminum pans at home and put it in that then freeze pull out and cook?

    Let us know how the beans and ham turn out, for some reason that doesn't sound like it would be too good frozen, then re-heated.
    Chilli would also be easy to do, especially since it's the cold season.

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    We always cook ham and beans and freeze half. There is no difference in the taste at all.

    I cooked everything but the beans yesterday. I will cook those monday so we can have them for dinner that night. I ended up double bagging everything because I don't want it to get freezer burn. I hope I did everything right!

    I don't like lasagna. I really don't like anything with a tomato based sauce (pizza, spaghetti etc). DH likes it, but he only makes it on nights that I work late and won't be eating at home lol.
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    Before I had my kidney removed in May I spent a weekend making six weeks worth of meals. I wasn't trying to save money but I wasn't about to depend on DH to feed us. Oddly enough we ate better than ever and I cut my grocery bill in half. I've been trying to talk myself into doing it again but haven't quite made it.

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    I don't think that I could do 6 weeks worth at one time, but maybe the more I do it the easier it will get (I hope). Cutting my grocery bill is a huge plus.
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    In six weeks you can do a lot of duplicates. I made three meatloaves, three batches of barbequed chicken, three meals of stuffed pepper soup, stuff like that. I really want to do it again but when I am ready I'm broke and when I have money I'm lazy. I'd like to do a month at a time, not six weeks again.

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