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MISS_VIV
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1/22/11 7:11 P

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does anyone have the 'french door' fridge with the freezer on the bottom?? How do you like it. I am considering one... energy star rated, and then get rid of the small chest in the garage...



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1/22/11 11:51 A

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For me the freezer is worth it. I can stock up on things when on sale. I can cook ahead and freeze meals for later. I do try to keep the freezer full since a full freezer is more effective to run than an empty one.

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I think it would depend on the energy usage more than anything. If you buy one, it should be an Energy Star model. Historically, the chest models are more efficient than the uprights.

I sometimes wonder how much it saves money wise since I live close to a grocery. But, when I want to freeze garden produce, I think it saves a lot.

We are considering joining a CSA = Community Supported Agriculture. I couldn't consider it without our small chest freezer.

But, my other reason for having one is convenience. Keeping my life simple. I also cook meals ahead. Without a freezer, I couldn't do that.


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1/22/11 12:58 A

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We have a 25.1 cu ft. chest freezer.
It cost us $400 or $500 brand new on sale.
Our electric bill went up about $6 a month. Our electric rates here are ridiculous!

When we got a great deal after coupons (we literally were able to make 50 a half gallon to apply to the rest of our order) on half gallons of milk, we had the luxury to buy several gallons. In fact we bought 24 gallons total. It was the hormone free, normally $3.59 a half gallon milk. Milk freezes well.

When I got free cheese after coupons when I bought crackers that were almost free, I could buy 10 pounds. Yep, 10.

When TGI Friday skillet meals went from $5.99 to $0.74 each after coupons and free at another store after coupons, we got tons! My husband takes them for game night. They used to buy pizza and snacks at $8-$12 a person. I can feed the whole 8 men group for less than $4 TOTAL!! We have other game night items that we rotate, but they love those darn fajitas.

I have tons of other examples!

If you are a couponer or sale watcher, I would strongly recommend getting another one. Chest freezers are more cost effective to run, but like the other poster said, they are sometimes difficult to get to the bottom of. I could not save as much as I do without being able to stock up on items we use at rock bottom prices in the quantities that we do. Not without our freezer.

It pays for itself in no time.



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1/21/11 7:55 P

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I'm single and don't need to buy in big quantities for me, nor do I host large events or have many unexpected visitors. There are local fresh vegetables all year round. Using the freezer compartment of my regular refrigerator for leftovers is enough for me.
I'm sure I could happily stock up a freezer with all kinds of things but as for cost effective, no.



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MISS_VIV
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I have a small (very old chest type). I know it is not energy efficient, but it is a life saver for me. I know that I have mainly meats in the freezer and lots of fresh fish. I know that I have it there and rarely have to run off to the store to pick up something to fix for dinner..



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I guess I should add that I have no plans to buy half a cow, pig or venison but would stock up on larger packages of meat from Costco and in the summer I do have fruits and veggies from the garden that I would so love to freeze. Bryers ice creeam at 2.39 a package...would love to get that also with grandchildren that love different flavors and I would freezer wrap if so it wouldnt get freezer burn. Finally we have virtually sworn off fast food and restaurants due to health issues but we do like to eat a fine meal at home and I do like to have a meal or dessert I made that I can pull from the freezer when family or friends show up unexpectedly..did I mention a whole turkey for 39 cents a pound...just wanted to get you all thinking...Thanksemoticon

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Interesting topic.

I have a chest freezer, small but it is 30 years old and I would love to replace it with an upright. I have heard the uprights are not as cost effective, but it is a safety issue for me. For 30 years that chest freezer has been trying to eat me! I have to climb on a stool to reach in and on more than one occasion I have over balanced and slipped in!!!

I hope you get some good replies!!!

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Hi there,
Has anyone kept figures or have an estimate how much a couple can save with a freezer? We had one for years and it died. I am running to the store on a regular basis and can't stock up on good sales now and wonder if anyone has "done the math" and knows what a freezer saves...appreciate any answers as I would love to get another one but dear husband doesnt know if it is worth it "with just the 2 of us"


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