Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
have had a really large upright freezer.
When I bought it in 2007 the idea was to stock up because of the fast increasing food and gas prices. The freezer was to be for myself and my daughter as well as a place to keep charity food for my neighborhood. In the past I had it full and organized.
When I stopped being the neighborhood food bank I stopped putting food into it. We’ve been eating down the food because I knew eventually the freezer would be going to my daughter’s house. She needs a big freezer much more than I these days with her growing family. I’m moving anyway so the freezer might as well go to her house.
That leaves me with only the small under counter fridge I use. But, its not under a counter. I’ve been using it several years and its quite large enough for me. Family and friends have tried to give me a full size fridge but I refuse because this really is enough for me.
When my full size fridge quit working I didn’t have the money to replace it. A customer gave me this one and I’ve been using it ever since. I like it. I noticed a big difference in my electric bill as soon as I started using it. When I move I plan to keep it and get a small freezer about the same size to go with it.
It looks empty in that spot but its also a sign that I’m ready to move on. I was asked why I would want to make do with a small under counter fridge. I like it because it saves energy. Its smaller so it works less to keep food cold. I’ve been using power strips on all my appliances to control the energy vampires so I thought why not go a step farther to save energy with a small fridge.
I first became intrigued with using a small fridge when I started noticing them in TV shows from other countries several years ago. Most recently I saw them on the Doc Martin show. I admire the simplicity of life of people in other places. I’ve also noticed that drawer fridges and freezers are starting to be built into kitchens too. What a great concept.
I’ve found that I tend to be more frugal with a smaller fridge. Americans have a fascination with super sized things. Even refrigerators and stoves. Could having super sized refrigerators also be a contributing factor of obesity? Possibly.
The lack of space in a small fridge means I’m less apt to buy super sized packages. Super sized packages are best for large families but not for seniors who often eat less. I usually end up giving most of super sized packages away. That’s not frugal.
When I had a full size fridge it rarely was filled. I drink powdered milk. I can (bottle) meat and veggies. Fruits are kept on a counter or canned too. About the only thing that really stays in the fridge is eggs and butter and left overs. I make ketsup, mayo, mustard, and salad dressing when needed in small quantities. So you see a small fridge can work and save money too.
How about you? Do you use a small fridge? Have you thought about using one?