I'm not much of a cook, which often means I turn to frozen foods for my meals.

Turns out I'm not alone in this, especially in March, which is National Frozen Foods Month!

Whether you have a little or a lot of freezer space, you can use the tips in this post to make the most of super-low prices on frozen foods this month!

How to buy frozen foods

Since National Frozen Foods month is happening NOW, now is the time to make room in your freezer to accommodate great deals on useful frozen staples.

Be sure to bookmark KCL's coupons pages and keep checking daily all month long to find coupons galore on your favorite frozen foods!

Tips for finding great deals on quality frozen foods:

  • Look for simple, all-natural fruits and veggies—no sugar, salt or extras added.
  • Look for entrees labeled "healthy" that have a good balance of protein and fiber—and not too much sodium or fat (For example: <600 grams sodium; <3.5 grams fat per 100 calories).
  • Consider packaging—if you get a great deal on one frozen entrée but it takes up enough space for five packages of equally cheap frozen veggies, you may want to rethink the entrée.

Bonus tip: If you don’t have enough room to stockpile freezer items (e.g., you live in an apartment and can’t have a deep freezer) make sure that your freezer is organized so you can make the most of your space. Use this article, Learn to Love Opening Your Freezer with These Organizing Tips, to help in your freezer stockpiling endeavors.

Freezing basics

A big part of reaping the full savings available this month is ensuring your great buys are frozen properly. This post will guide you through how to freeze different foods so they last longest.

If foods are frozen properly, some inevitable loss of flavor may occur over time, but the foods themselves should remain safe to eat and as nutritious as the day they were frozen.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers these tips to ensure frozen foods remain both safe and tasty:

  • Make sure your freezer is set to a constant 0 degrees Fahrenheit—this eliminates risk of harmful microbes (yeast, mold, bacteria) forming during the time food stays frozen.
  • For foods you do not plan to consume quickly, freeze them ASAP to preserve freshness.
  • Use foods frozen longest first to avoid deterioration of flavor.

Should you invest in a second deep freezer?

If you asked Joanie and Heather, you would hear a resounding, "YES!"

In fact, now is also the perfect month to invest in a second deep freezer (or at least in your first!). This is because many freezer retailers are running sales on deep freezers to coincide with National Frozen Foods Month.

If you’re not sure if purchasing a second deep freezer will end up saving you enough cash to justify the investment, this post can help you calculate how much a deep freezer will cost you—and what level of savings you will need to reach in order to break even.

When it comes to choosing a deep freezer, you have a number of options in size, style and new versus pre-owned. This resource can walk you through the steps to choose the best freezer for your family's needs.

Be sure to keep checking KCL's "Deals" page all month long to snag great deals on deep freezers!

Want to win $10,000 and a deep freezer?

The National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association is holding their annual Sweepstakes and Giveaway to celebrate National Frozen Foods Month. One prize of $10,000 and four free deep freezers will be awarded.

Sweepstakes and giveaway resources:

Frozen Foods: Hot on the “Must Stockpile” List This Month