Share by e-mail Print This Post

Feeding the Family: Save Money with this DIY Frozen Meal Plan

Do you find yourself throwing away spoiled leftovers on a regular basis? I used to. No one ever seemed to eat that last piece of lasagna, last serving of spaghetti or last piece of meatloaf.  After sitting in the back of the fridge for too long, it would spoil, and I’d throw it out. I might as well have been throwing my money in the garbage can.

One day, after my husband complained that there was nothing for him to take for lunch, I had an idea. I started packaging up single servings of our leftover dinners into freezer- and microwave-safe containers. I added a label and popped them into the freezer.

By freezing leftovers in single serving containers, I am saving money in multiple ways. First, no more wasted leftovers. Second, no more buying frozen entrees or special lunches for my husband to take to work.

Simply grab whatever sounds good out of the freezer, pop it in the lunch box and you’re good to go. You can even skip the ice pack in the lunch box, since the frozen meal will keep everything else chilled. The meals are thawed enough by lunchtime that after a minute or two in the microwave, they’re ready to go. These meals also come in handy for weekends and on hectic evenings.

We’ve been using the Do-It-Yourself Frozen Meal Plan for about 6 months now and have noticed a big savings in our grocery trips.

This has been a guest post by Amanda from Burnsville, MN 
Find out more about the KCL Contributor Network!

Leave a Reply

11 thoughts on “Feeding the Family: Save Money with this DIY Frozen Meal Plan”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great idea! Thanks :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Agreed!!  whenever i put ANYTHING in the fridge it pretty much goes there to die.  So after a few times of this happening (I am a slow learner sometimes) I started freezing meals right away!  NO fridge NO death!  And I take them to work and occassionally my bf will grab one too.  Its an awesome idea!

  3. Anonymous says:

    i do this all the time!
    as we clear the dinner table i make 2 lunches for my husband and daughter…
    works out great! and i get  lunch too!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Is that a lobster tail???  hee hee hee.

    I make a big thing of mac and cheese and put into freezer bags.  Freezes and reheats extremely well.  Recipe I use is http://www.food.com/recipe/macaroni-and-cheese-52799

    And these mini-meatloaves http://www.food.com/recipe/marvellous-mini-meatloaves-with-options-oamc-204682

    Food.com is my favorite recipe site…but whichever one you use, do a search for OAMC and you’ll get a lot of things that are good to freeze.

    Best thing I’ve found to avoid freezer burn is, if you can, wrap in freezer paper.  In those containers, I take a piece and lay it on the top and smooth down (like you would when you make pudding) before I put the lid on.  

    Freezer paper works WAY better when you break up packs of chicken breasts, steaks, or hamburger.  

  5. Anonymous says:

    What are good meals to freeze?

  6. Anonymous says:

    My problem is getting them to bring the containers back home and forgettin/ leaving them in the car for days.

    • we use red neck containers (tee hee) no offense to red necks.  We keep just about all containers, from butter containers to those little solo cups from the chinese food place and when we take lunch and forget to bring it home… no worries we have plenty more where that came from.  I use those little butter containers for cereal for work, I put my cereal in one put a lid on it and then recycle my plastic water bottles and put milk in it and when I am finished I just rinse it out and drop the bottle in my works recycle bin.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah. I am going to have to go redneck for my bf.  apparently the containers go to his car to die.  LOL

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been doing this for years it’s been great for us! I label them with a date as well as what’s in there & as long as I put the new ones behind the ones already in there, they don’t linger & get freezer burn, they pretty much all get eaten :)

  8. Karen says:

    How do you avoid freezer burn?

    • Holly says:

      Make sure the food storage containers or plastic bags are made for using in the freezer. Also, try to get an airtight seal on them.