Originally Posted by Mr_Dove
I have a large family. There are currently 6 of us and we only go grocery shopping every 2 weeks. During the winter we have a few places that serve as "overflow" for fridge items that will stay just around the right temperature. We're SOL during the summer though.
We're looking at getting a super-cheap "garage fridge" for overflow but this whole ordeal has made me curious how large a fridge a very large family can actually find?
Hmmm. For most of my parenting life I lived in a suburb of Washington, DC and we had 6 children. We shopped for some of the essentials once a week and the rest once a month. We had a 21 cu foot refrigerator and a 31 cu foot upright freezer. Those two appliances served us more than adequately.
We shopped at an area warehouse place (Not Sam's. Didn't exist at that time.) and froze quite a lot of our foods. For example, we purchased eggs in 15-dozen lots. They were frozen in quantities that served the recipes I prepared and some were left in the refrigerator for "fresh" use.
The only thing I could recommend is to purchase a used refrigerator at a yard sale/consignment/estate sale, etc. for such things as extra milk, bread (if you don't already make our own), eggs and some produce.
I could go on and on, but this is just the gist of what we did.