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June 18th, 2017 at 04:03 pm

Did I mention we are getting a free fridge in the garage of our new house? The sellers when we saw them and bought the lawn mower and seeder (awesome) asked if we wanted it. We said sure.

I guess it depends on if we use it. I guess we'll unplug it and sell it for $25 if we don't. I am worried that we'll buy too much food. I'm not sure how to use it.

I mean I can see leaving drinks and the freezer will be nice. In fact I was contemplating buying a 1/4 of a cow or and 1/8 of a cow to start.

Like I've mentioned my DH is anti-frozen anything but I really want to try managing food better. We don't do a lot of deals because he likes things fresh. But I hate shopping so much.

This is sort of a nice experiment without costing us money to buy a freezer. I think if it works out then maybe we could switch it out to a deep freezer and forgo the fridge part?

Anyone have an extra fridge? How much do you use it?

6 Responses to “Free Fridge”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    We have an extra fridge only because we moved here with one, but then our rental home already had one. We used it only for drinks the first summer we were here, but it has since stopped working. I need to fix it so I can sell it. It is easily worth $400. We just don't stock up that far in advance. Although, I know I should.

  2. Carol Says:

    My regular kitchen frig is small by today's standards, so I have a second, college size frig,( especially for extra vegetables etc.) in the summer.

  3. Bluebird Says:

    We have an extra fridge in our basement for bottled water, drinks, beer and additional freezer space. However, our kitchen refrigerator is on the small side (1929 house) so we really appreciate having the extra space.

  4. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    We have an extra fridge on the deck and a deep freezer in the basement. I'm still not entirely sure about the practicality of keeping the second fridge on the deck since it probably works harder to keep cool since it's outside, but the back side of the house never gets sun. That's where the previous owners had it and we just went with it. We keep 'entertaining' drinks (we tend to just stick to filtered water and keep bottled water/sodas on hand for guests) and overflow butter/milk/bread stuffs in there. We use the deep freezer for overflow Zaycon Fresh meats and emergency meals (pizza/frozen food/etc.). I need a better organizing system for that as things are just sort of thrown in there.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    You should check the label on the fridge to determine how old it is. It only makes sense to use a second fridge if it's at least somewhat energy efficient.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    We have an extra fridge. I generally use one shelf for thawing out meats. Since roasts, whole chickens, steaks, ribs, and packages of hamburger all take different amounts of time to thaw out, I can have several things thawing on one shelf instead of taking up prime real estate in the main fridge. I don't like the way it thaws in the microwave. In fact that may be part of why your husband doesn't like frozen food. Meats are much closer to fresh if you thaw them in the fridge.

    It has two big bins in it. One has oranges in it six months out of the year. I buy the big case from Costco. The other has some other bulky things in it, like whole cabbages, bell peppers, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, etc., that I use a lot of, but will fill my veggie drawer in the main fridge with no room for lettuce, spinach, radishes, green onions, and carrots, which I use daily. One shelf gets watermelon, cantaloupes, and other melons during summer.

    When I'm canning, I keep the extra fruit and veggies in there. A case of green beans or pears or tomatoes can take up a lot of space. So can cucumbers when making pickles. I store the garden harvest in there, as well. If five or six broccoli come ripe at one time they need to be cut and brought in, but have to be refrigerated.

    We keep bottled water, lemonade, and on rare occasions root beer, in there as well. Just stuff that we want to drink cold, but will take up way too much space in the main fridge.

    The freezer part is usually packed with meats and homemade TV dinners or homemade crockpot freezer meals. I think it is worth it, and doesn't add too much to the electric bill if the fridge is not ancient.

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