When stocking up on sale items, it is helpful to have enough home food storage space to put all your amazing finds. When soup is a super low sale, it seems like a good idea to buy an entire case. Save .20 cents on every bag you use vs zipper styled bags, smart. It's one of the best kept secrets we know.
But, once you get home with your car full of great deals, realization quickly sets in.
There is not enough space to store your new hard found deals.
Here are some pointers to help you with your long term food storage dilemma.
As a frugal shopper, planning ahead and creating extra storage space should be part of the money saving process of home food storage. Try this, buy super cheap gallon-size food bags. Alas, they come with twist ties not zippers but month after month they will save you tons.
Forget the ties, after using the bags for two years I may use a twist tie one in 20 bags.
What you do is but twirl the contents of the bag around a few times, tuck the twisted part under the contents and toss it in the fridge. Brand named zipper baggies are seven times the price of the of these great value bags.
Don't get me wrong Ziploc bags have their place. However say you need to put sliced cucumbers or that extra bagel from those four you bought today why spend a shiny whole quarter when all you need is that .03 cent bag?
Here are some home food storage ideas that will help you maximize your space and allow you to find your stored items quickly and easily.
Efficient home food storage begins with your kitchen refrigerator and cupboards. Here is where you will keep the items that you use regularly and want to be able to access easily.
But, you will be surprised at how much more you can store when you organize your space in a well thought out manner.
Since upright freezers are designed similarly to refrigerators, it is very easy to organize your food and maximize your storage space.
Whether you are stocking up on ground beef, cooking in bulk, or freezing in-season veggies.
An upright has all the shelves and drawers you need to keep everything neat and tidy. This is important for long term food storage.
Because you want to easily find your foods you bought cheap. Or what good is getting sale items?
And, unlike the chest freezer, you won't have lean over the edge and dig through an icy cold pile in search of the last package of pork chops.
By putting dry goods such as beans and pastas in uniform containers, you will be able to stack them efficiently and make use of every inch of cupboard space.
There are even some easy to install slide-out racks and shelves that are designed specifically for cans, spices, or bottles.
Baskets or bins for the fridge and refrigerator freezer are also a good idea. And, if you buy condiments in larger quantities and divide them up, try to choose containers that will fit the best on your door shelves so you can make the most of your space.
If you have an eye for detail, you may want to label your containers and shelves so that all items are easy to find and people know exactly where to put everything.
Now, when you look for the catsup or mayonnaise, it will be right where it belongs.
Today, every store from Lowe's® to Ikea® sells storage shelving at reasonable prices.
Whether you are looking for simple metal shelving for your basement or something a little more attractive, you can find exactly what you are looking for without breaking your budget.
Items like canned goods, paper products, and boxed cereal stack easily, but you can also use large bins (labelled of course) to store those items that are less “stackable”.
Then place these heavier items at the bottom of the shelf. Heavier items placed on the shelf’s bottoms provide more rigidity and safety to home storage shelves.
Depending on where your shelving is located, you may have to be careful which items you store.
For example, you will probably not want to keep bags of flour in a damp basement unless you first transfer them to sealed glass or plastic containers.
That awkward spot under the stairway, an unused closet, or even under the bed are all great places to store non-perishable food and grocery items.
Installing shelving under the stairway will allow you to use space that usually remains empty anyway. And, yes, under the bed can be used for more than dust bunnies and missing socks.
By placing grocery items such as soaps, shampoos, and even canned goods in low containers that will slide under the bed you will be taking advantage of beneficial storage space.
Decorative trunks, benches and window seats, or extra closets, are also great places to store items that do not require regular easy access.
If you have room, an extra fridge or freezer can allow you to stock up on frozen goods or in-season and sale items that will keep for longer periods of time such as soda, butter, or condiments.
And, if the fridge/freezer is going in a garage or basement where color and style don't really matter, then you can look for clearance sales or scratch and dent deals.
Look for the energy star logo to make sure that your appliance is efficient since you wouldn't want to spend all your food savings on gasoline, hydro or electric.
If home food storage is done right, it can save you a lot of money. Plus you will regularly have food in your house to cook. This saves trips and money from eating at the restaurant.
Home Food Storage in Summary
Purchasing grocery items when they are on sale or in-season can save you a lot of money. Especially when it comes to long term food storage.
Having a place to store all your great deals will keep you organized and ensure that you use what you buy.
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