As I've been trying to take advantage of various sales, I've realized I have no room left in my freezer to freeze meat! I pulled out a prime rib roast to cook this weekend, just so I could make room for something else. My pantry is also pretty darn full.
And as a random side note, I hate the way my spices are in my cabinet because it's so hard to read. I bought a plastic drawer thing that is *really* to be used as a filing cabinet. It has two shallow drawers on top and then one bigger drawer on the bottom for files. I'm planning on putting the spices in the top two drawers with the spices lying down so the labels will show when you're looking down. I'm thinking about putting the potatoes and onions down the in the big drawer.
So, back to the freezer and pantry... I think I'm going to try to start cooking my way through it. And clean it out on an as-needed basis. I need to make space! We usually spend about $300/month on groceries. So maybe I cut that budget in half for January and try to use up the stuff in the freezer/pantry? With the holidays and actually being in-town, I think we'll need our full budget of $350 (added a buffer due to Christmas/New Year's).
I think it's worth a shot! I'll bet I have things in my freezer that I've completely forgotten about! What I really need is a better system for keeping track of what I have in the freezer to cook. I'm going to research that and I'll post any techniques that work for me here.