The house I live in currently has no basement. I’d love to have one, but I had to decide between certain features in order to stay within the range of house I could afford. While a basement was on the list of wants, it wasn’t as high as some other options. Nevertheless, now I am wanting a basement even more, strictly for the following reason: I want a chest freezer.
I’m sure if you asked any guy in their early 30’s what is on their wish list, a chest freezer would not appear. But it is high on my list. It would be great to take advantage of the extra space. Case in point, I shop for some food at Costco. I can get chicken breasts there for a little more than $2 per pound. I barely have enough room in my freezer for the pack that I do buy, but I’d love to buy a second pack for my chest freezer as well. This would save me the time and gas of driving all the way back to Costco when I run out of chicken.
There are other things that I buy at Costco to save money on that I freeze the ‘extra’ of. It would be great to move these items to the chest freezer and free up some room in the freezer in the house.
With a chest freezer, I could also take advantage of sales at the grocery store too. Ask anyone in my family and they will tell you that I love green beans. Not the canned version but fresh or frozen. I have them at just about every dinner I eat. I’d love to stock up on green beans when they are on sale and freeze them. Yes, I can freeze them now, but freezing all of those green beans take away space for other foods that I have in my freezer.
One last benefit is that I can store more meals. I tend to cook food for a week on Sundays and then freeze it. Having a chest freezer will allow me to make more meals to freeze and would allow me to save room in my freezer in the kitchen.
Of course, there is the cost of electricity to run the freezer. I have not looked into how much this would be, but figure it can’t be too much. There is also the cost of the freezer itself and the possibility of buying too much food simply because I have more space.
Readers, do you have a chest freezer? If so, what other benefits can you think of? Do you know how much it adds to your electric bill each month?
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