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.
My grandparents, where I spent a great deal of my childhood, didn’t have electricity. That meant no refrigerator. They had a spring house for keeping foods. A spring house is a building built over a small running stream that creates a natural refrigerator to keep foods cool. Some foods are kept in the running water and some were kept nearby. If my grandparents could live without a hugh freezer or an over sized refrigerator then there is no reason I can’t live with a tiny fridge.
Actually there are lots of people living with tiny fridges already. Dorm rooms, RVs, boats, tiny houses, studio apartments, motel and hotel rooms all have people living with tiny fridges.
I’m adjusting to life with only the tiny fridge and I like it more each day. There are some inconveniences like not being able to take advantage of large economy size frozen foods on sale. I usually couldn’t eat it all by myself anyway and would give lots away or have to throw it away. This will save me money.
I think the thing I miss most is having ice once in awhile. I don’t drink juice or soda but I do like lemonade and ice tea in the summer. The ice trays I had in the big freezer are too large for my tiny fridge. I plan to buy some of those do it yourself pop-cycle things to make single serve ice. No, you don’t have to save them just for making juice pops. They are small enough you can squeeze them among other items in a tiny freezer. For now I’m using a couple of small plastic food containers. These work just right for an occasional need for ice.
Living with a tiny fridge is very do-able with careful planning. It forces me to live with less which means less waste. There is no space for lost leftovers hiding in the corners behind other items or moldy fruits hidden in the dark recesses of a crisper drawer. This means nothing will be in the fridge long enough to become a science experiment.
I cook for a few days worth of meals in much the same way I did when I had the big freezer but I’m eating it before it has a chance to go bad or get freezer burn. I constantly think of the way Grandma Mama did her cooking and food storage. She was the smartest (and frugal-est) person I ever knew. Having been born in the 1800s she went through the great depression and both WW1 and WW2 rationing. Now that I’m pretending its the 1940s all over again that’s the way I’m cooking and storing foods. (but with some modern inventions)
I had planned to add a small chest freezer when I move to the new house but I may change my plans. Now that I’ve grown somewhat used to the tiny fridge, my personal thought is that extremely large fridges are just over sized expensive parking lots for food on the way to the compost bin.