I’ve had my chest freezer for probably about three-years now.
It started out great. It was a good way for us to buy in bulk and have more freezer space.
Then it seriously got out of hand!
The downside is everything gets piled on top of each other and you have no idea what’s in the freezer.
A few months ago, I decided I needed to gain control of my freezer once and for all.
I spent a few hours digging through my freezer downstairs as well as my freezer upstairs.
I got rid of a few things (items that have been in there since who knows when) and wrote down what I had in stock.
Benefits of a freezer inventory list:
- Eliminates waste: There were items in my freezer that I had no idea when I purchased them. By keeping a list, it will help you to use up what you have in stock and not forget about items that get pushed to the bottom of the freezer.
- Saves money: Since you are not wasting food, you are saving money!
- Helps with menu planning: Before I head off to the food store, I check my freezer inventory list to see what I need to use up. I then create my menu for the week and from that I create my food list.
- Prevents overbuying: The list really helps you from overspending and buying the same items you already have on hand.
How to use a freezer inventory list:
- Write down all of the items you currently have in your freezer.
- Mark down the date you purchased the item.
- Note the quantity you have and as you use the items check them off.
- Laminate or hang your list on the side of your freezer for easy access.
Here are a few free downloads I came across. Of course you could always make your own!
Looking to keep your freezer organized? Check out these three simple steps to a freshly frugal freezer by SquawkFox.
Tell me: Do you use a freezer inventory list? If not, are you in control of your freezer?