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  1. #1
    mommyto2zs
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    In order to reduce our food budget, we are going to buy a freezer for

    our basement. We figured if we saved $150-200 a month in food by

    buying in bulk, making ahead, taking advantage of sales,and planning

    ahead, we'd recoup that money in only 1-2 months.



    Does anyone have any recommendations for freezers? Upright vs. chest?

    Brands to choose/stay away from? Does it pay to get the frost-free

    feature?



    Thanks in advance!


















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    Brandy
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    i have had both and i love my upright freezer. you dont have to take everything

    out to see or get to the bottom. you can prepare trays of food for special

    events and just slide them in. i would definatly go with the frost free version.

    ours is not the frost free so once a month, when my reg. freezer is almost

    empty, i take the stuff out of the upright and use a smaller size bristle brush,

    kind of like the ones that you would use to scrub the floor with and brush out

    the frost. total time take 20-30 min and the meat does not get affected because

    it is not enough time to defrost. when we were going to get our freezer from the

    store, the cost was crazy. the one we origanlly wanted was $800. you can get

    them at used appliance or scratch and dent places for a much smaller price tag

    and they work just a good. good luck, brandy

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    In order to reduce our food budget, we are going to buy a freezer for

    our basement. We figured if we saved $150-200 a month in food by

    buying in bulk, making ahead, taking advantage of sales,and planning

    ahead, we'd recoup that money in only 1-2 months.



    Does anyone have any recommendations for freezers? Upright vs. chest?

    Brands to choose/stay away from? Does it pay to get the frost-free

    feature?



    Thanks in advance!











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  3. #3
    Kanette
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    I prefer the upright because it is easier to get into and to see what you have.

    In a chest things on the bottom tend to stay there and then you have wasted the

    money you were trying to save since you aren't using what you bought. I also

    have a frost free one and would not want one that isn't. I love my freezer and

    I feel it and my food saver vacuum sealer save us so much money!!





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    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

    Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2006 7:54:48 AM

    Subject: Budget101.com : Advice on buying an extra freezer





    In order to reduce our food budget, we are going to buy a freezer for

    our basement. We figured if we saved $150-200 a month in food by

    buying in bulk, making ahead, taking advantage of sales,and planning

    ahead, we'd recoup that money in only 1-2 months.



    Does anyone have any recommendations for freezers? Upright vs. chest?

    Brands to choose/stay away from? Does it pay to get the frost-free

    feature?



    Thanks in advance!









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  4. #4
    Carrie
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    I tend to think that chest freezers are a little better cost-wise. They are less

    convienant as far as the way food is stored but they are cheaper to buy

    initially, use less energy and will keep food frozen longer in the event of a

    power failure. I think if you buy a freezer from any appliance company that has

    a good reputation you really can't go wrong. I have a Kenmore feezer. It was the

    first big purchase I made after I got married and I am sure it has saved us a

    ton of money over the last 14 years because I have been able to take advantage

    of sales on meat, which is a big part of the food budget. One piece of advice I

    would give is to not buy too big of freezer. For one thing you will not save

    money if food gets "lost" in a freezer. Once a year, my mother would take

    everything out of the 2 huge freezers she had and throw away all the freezer

    burned food that hadn't been eaten in time. You lose money if you are throwing

    food away that has been in the freezer too long.

    Also freezers use less energy when they are kept full. It is very hard to keep

    a huge freezer full unless you are buying sides of beef or things like that. I

    have a 7 cubic foot freezer and it has been just the right size for our family

    of 4. Of course you have to think about what you are going to be freezing. I do

    not freeze my own veggies or buy sides of beef so a smaller freezer has been

    sufficient. Ours is not frost free but I don't have to defrost it very often.

    Usually about 2 times a year.

    Carrie



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    The Rogers Family
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    I also like the upright best. You may want to see if you can get one from

    freecycle. The are offered in my area every once in a while.



    -C



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  6. #6
    hsmomof6girls
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    I have had both and definitely prefer an upright and not frost free.

    We started out with a 13 cf upright, not frost free. Somewhere along

    the way we out grew it and got a 33 cf upright, not frost free. Loved

    it but had to leave it behind when we moved. We now live in a log

    house built in 1836 and the doorways are to small to get it in. We

    bought an old chest at auction for $30 that had belonged to hubby's

    grandmother. I hated it! I didn't freeze as many meals and dreaded

    having to retrieve things. I have been use to a very organized freezer

    and found it harder with the chest. If I put all the same things

    together I couldn't get to everything. If I mix and match so I can get

    to things I lost count of what I had, especially if someone else was

    nice enough to get it out for me but didn't mark it off the list. We

    were given a small upright but it was frost free and I didn't like it

    either. Had trouble with freezer burn. We used those two for the past

    7 years until I was able to get a 15 cf upright, not frost free. If

    you keep it full and organized so you don't spend too much time with

    the door open you don't have to defrost very often. I always defrost

    in May and November.

    Bre


















  7. #7
    Diane
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    Definitely get an upright!! With the chest freezers you wind up standing on

    you head trying to get to the items on the bottom and thusly you tend to not

    use the stuff on the bottom. JMHO (my mom has a had a chest since I lived

    at home and that happened to us. I have an upright, frost free and I LOVE

    it!! Mine has 2 wire drawers on the bottom to store loose small items in.

    It also has door shelves. I can't remember off the top of my head but I

    believe it is a Fridigidaire. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of

    alarms and such. It does vacuum seal itself when you close the door so it

    has a good tight seal. Saves food and energy! You can also lock the

    door. I guess that is a good feature if you put it on the back porch to

    keep kids and thieves out?



    I mostly use mine to bulk buy. I buy frozen veggies on sale, and gallons of

    milk when it goes on a good sale. I don't do much OAMC but it is nice to

    have that space to put extra portions in when I make double batches of

    whatever. I also store my extra baking supplies in there like flour, nuts

    and candy/chocolate chips. I have found the prepackaged shredded cheese

    freezes and thaws well. I also like having a manageable fridge freezer. I

    pull in from the big freezer the items I'll need for the weeks meals to keep

    them handy. This just keeps my "inside" freezer nice and clean.



    HTH,

    Diane

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    DVICTOR1
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    We just bought a magic chef chest freezer from Home depot. They were

    normally $269 marked down to $197 because they were getting a newer model.

    It is 8.8 cubic foot and is really roomy. Right now if you put $299 or more

    on your home depot card, you don't have any interest or payments for a year.

    I am not sure if all home depots are doing this, this was here in Ok, but if

    some are getting new stock, maybe others are as well. Hope this helps.







    I will say in our research, the chests hold the cold in better, but are

    easier to organize and usually cost more.







    Melissa in OK







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