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I've been interested in getting an extra freezer to keep in our garage. (I guess, right now, I should point out we're in HOT HOT HOT Texas.) We have no other space to put it.<br><br>
I want to do so to do things such as freezing milk, freezing meats and such we can get good deals.<br><br>
My husband says NO WAY-- that the cost of the freezer each month in electricity is just too much.<br><br>
What is your opinion on this? How much extra, would you estimate, would a freezer in the garage cost? Is it worth it?
 

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I don't know the cost factor for you. I know we LOVE our garage freezer. We are currently putting up strawberries and that's where they are going. Next, blueberries, etc. We could never manage to pay for fresh berries during the winter but love getting them from our freezer.<br><br>
It also lets me buy sale meat which really helps. Oh, and the boxes and boxes of waffles my boys can consume. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Another thing that makes a difference for me is help in meal planning. I don't like running to the grocery all the time. A freezer lets me do 1 big shopping a month and 1 weekly shopping for produce, milk and bread
 

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I can't find it right now, but there was a fairly recent thread in which someone asked this questions, and it ended up being quite long with the answer being a very strong YES to the cost of a freezer.<br><br>
And I agree. We live in apartment now and I want to get a small chest freezer that I can put in my closet. But in the house we owned we had a large one we kept in the garage. We had to sell it when we moved, but it didn't actually add much at all to our costs for electricity (also in TX, Houston, so I understand what you're talking about as far as the heat!)
 

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I live in a much colder area with probably cheaper electricity, so I can't help you with that cost. I do know that with our wood stove heat that our garage still stays warm enough in the winter to sprout onions though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
I'm very much a buy-stuff-on-sale kind of gal, so I always need something in addition to the fridge/freezer in the kitchen.<br>
So a few months ago hubby and I just kept scouring craigslist daily for freezers. Found a 13cf upright in amazing condition for $35 (it's in the laundry room) right as our little 4cf chest freezer died.<br>
Then hubby found a fridge/freezer for $75 or $100 (I forget) to stick in the garage for overflow and to help with harvest season here <span style="font-size:xx-small;">(when I need an extra day to process things or whatnot - dealing with 10+ pounds of strawberries in one day hard enough, especially with kids underfoot, so 20+ pounds at a time?)</span>. Plus then we can stick the random beer/pop and extra gallons of milk or bricks of cheese out there and still have room in the fridge for more immediate stuff.
 

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absolutely!!!<br>
I have saved so much being able to stock up.We also went in on a cow so that is taking up half of the space but I manage to squeeze things in on a regular basis.I don't think that it adds too much to our bill.
 

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It costs less than $40 a year to run (like maybe $38 or so here), so yeah, it's definately worth it! I am able to stock up on cheap items and this year I am going to be freezing a lot of produce as it comes into season. We even bought a second one recently and I'm lovin' it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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A resounding YES from this corner. I saved over $500 in meat alone this year by buying beef and pork by the side and keeping it in the fridge. We have energy star rated freezers and I saw an increase of only about $15/month in our electricity bill when we bought the second one. Mine are in the basement (not heated or cooled) and the temp. down there is about 60*F year round.
 

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We are also in Texas and have a chest freezer in the garage. Our electricity in our house is actually cheaper than the electricity in our apartment...so for us it's a no brainer...we also have about 1/8 of a cow in there and will be getting another 1/4 in the fall. There is no comparison to quality farm raised beef so just that alone makes the freezer worth it not to mention like you said, freezing milk, cheese, other meat...etc.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We have two chest freezers and have not noticed a jump in electricity from either of them. They aren't in a garage though. If you buy a good energy star unit, I dont think the electricity will be all that bad.<br><br>
You also have to look at the money you'll be saving too though - homemade freezer meals as opposed to storebought, stocking up on milk when it's on a good sale, buying meat in bulk, hunting (if you or dh does that), buying anything that needs to be kept cold in bulk... you can save a lot of money. If you have a large family or plan to, having a chest freezer is, imo, a necessity just because you'll need a lot of food around. We have 3 kids, and I'm pregnant again and we outgrew our regular freezer a long time ago, there is no way I could make the food I do, stock up on the things I do, or just hold several days worth of left overs ;-) I'd be wasting money left and right if we had to get rid of our freezers.<br><br>
In addition, a chest freezer will keep food longer than a regular freezer helping to reduce or eliminiate that issue.
 

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Our upright freezer adds betweeb $8-10 a month to our electric bill as best I can tell. For us, it is totally worth it. Mine is stocked with sale seafood, veg, and breads. The inside one has premade meals and a few additional veggies that I just put up. Before I had the outside freezer, I constantly had to pass up great deals and shopped more often, bought less food, but spent more.
 

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another YES here! we live in an apt., and we have a 13 cub. foot one in our kitchen. In addition to stocking up on sale items, I also like it because I can go to the gorcery store less often. For instance, in my neighborhood, the best/cheapest bread without corn syrup, etc... is from Trader Joe's. So I will go there once a month and buy enough bread for the month, etc. It cuts down on my trips to the store, which saves gas, and cuts out impulse spending.<br><br>
BTW, I purchased mine from the Sears Outlet. It was a return or a floor model or something-- it has a small dent on the front door.
 

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We have a very large upright freezer. We bought a model that isn't frost free, because they are more energy efficient. It uses 512 kwh/year, according to the energy data on it. The average American family uses about 11,000 kwh/year. Unless you already have very low electric bills, the change is NOT something you'll even notice. Depending on your energy cost, it might be an increase of $5-10<br><br>
Now, old refrigerators are notoriously inefficient (and a lot of people buy a new refrigerator and stick the old one in the garage to store beer or whatever), so I think some people get the idea that buying a good freezer is the same thing. Newer models are much more efficient than old ones.
 

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Its definitely worth the money. We have 2 freezers attached to the refrigerators and then a large chest freezer. They're all constantly stocked. We can raise and butcher our own meat, dh can hunt, I can stock up on sale items and precooked things. I couldn't survive without all our freezers.
 

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I don't have a home big enough for one yet, but i def will buy one when i do. my parents had a huge one when i was young and the summer's bounty was either canned or frozen. it saved them money!<br>
make sur eyou put it in the coolest area of your house. the garage may be hot and then you'll be using more juice to keep it running!
 

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We're in SW FL and have a chest freezer in our garage. We're able to take advantage of all of the great meat sales and stock up. I just bought TONS of chicken at a buy-one-get-one sale and saved $94! We paid $179 for our freezer @ Sears so it has pretty much paid for itself after taking advantage of two of these sales.
 

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We have 2 uprights and I would love to add a chest freezer I am keeping my eye out on craiglist. To me they are worth every penny.
 
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