U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Economics > Frugal Living
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 01-02-2013, 01:05 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
20,426 posts, read 35,696,560 times
Reputation: 38829

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by yuritoad View Post
Especially in winter, my house is the same temperature inside as the frig, so no big deal.
I somehow doubt that!
A fridge is 40 degrees or less... do you seriously keep your house that cold in the winter?
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-02-2013, 05:39 PM
Status: "I cannot wait for the heat to break..." (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
20,368 posts, read 25,483,948 times
Reputation: 87958
I have a small refrigerator in my house at 9.5 cubic feet and a smaller one now while traveling at 4 cubic feet. The one at home works for my husband and I. I do miss being able to stock up on meat when it goes on sale. I just don't have the room to go overboard but I can get by with shopping once every two weeks if I have to and I cook 3 meals a day 7 days a week. All food gets used.

The reason I have such a small refrigerator is because I have an off grid house and I needed one that would run on solar on the sunny days and can be switched over to propane when it is cloudy for days.

For the winter, in our rv, I have a 4 cubic foot refrigerator. I can get by without food shopping for 5-6 days.





Quote:
Originally Posted by mshultz View Post
Very small refrigerators in the U.S. just do not make economic sense. I replaced a 20 year old 18 cubic foot refrigerator with 14.8 cubic foot refrigerator. It is adequate in size for a single person, but no more. I am limited to a 67" tall refrigerator, but the new one is only 61". A taller refrigerator is more convenient.

Looking at Lowe's website, they have a 4.5 cubic foot refrigerator reduced from $349 (guessing 10%, so $314). It is rated at $28 a year.

Lowe's also has an 18.1 cubic foot refrigerator on sale for $521, and rated at $41 a year. Both of these refrigerators are Energy Star rated, as is the 14.8 cubic foot model I bought ($38).

.
You can build a base cabinet to make the refrigerator higher. That's what my DH did for me

I shopped for and checked all kinds of refrigerators. The smallest ones use more electric than the larger, sometimes much larger, ones.



BTW, whatever the rating is you can double that number for the closer "real" usage. My DH tested so many appliances with a meter and none of the tags are correct.

Last edited by ylisa7; 01-02-2013 at 06:01 PM..
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2013, 05:41 PM
Status: "I cannot wait for the heat to break..." (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
20,368 posts, read 25,483,948 times
Reputation: 87958
Chris-Have you seen these?

Create an Electricity-Free Refrigerator with Flower Pots and Sand

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Pot-in-a-Pot-Refrigerator
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2013, 05:43 PM
 
1,266 posts, read 1,443,204 times
Reputation: 3324
Quote:
Originally Posted by younglisa7 View Post
Yo can build a base cabinet to make the refrigerator higher. That's what my DH did for me.
Love this idea! Thanks!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2013, 06:06 PM
Status: "I cannot wait for the heat to break..." (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
20,368 posts, read 25,483,948 times
Reputation: 87958
Quote:
Originally Posted by TotallyTam View Post
Love this idea! Thanks!
We only need to add 4 inches so my DH used 4x4 posts. Here is the story....just scroll through the pics
http://www.city-data.com/forum/23066416-post2506.html


Finished..again scroll through:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/23281048-post2519.html
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2013, 06:09 PM
 
Location: 125 Years Too Late...
10,278 posts, read 9,970,295 times
Reputation: 9063
Thank you for that link. Very interesting. I had seen something similar in the past but had totally forgotten about this concept. It could certainly be a money saver while still chilling the only thing I care about being in the fridge... cold milk!

Last edited by Beretta; 01-06-2013 at 11:34 AM.. Reason: one of your quoted posts was deleted, so your comment was orphaned
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2013, 07:10 PM
 
1,266 posts, read 1,443,204 times
Reputation: 3324
Quote:
Originally Posted by younglisa7 View Post
We only need to add 4 inches so my DH used 4x4 posts. Here is the story....just scroll through the pics
http://www.city-data.com/forum/23066416-post2506.html


Finished..again scroll through:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/23281048-post2519.html
You have a beautiful property, and I am very impressed with what you two have done and are doing! You're an inspiration. Thanks for sharing the photos!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2013, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
15,148 posts, read 15,198,298 times
Reputation: 10872
I have a tiny fridge and I hate it.


I mainly eat meat and usually stock up on marked-down meat when I see it.


Sometimes I see marked-down chickens for $2.50 - 2.80. I love chicken and will broil 1/2 chicken for a meal......YUMMO! But that PIECE OF **** tiny fridge/freezer......forget it...cannot do it. So I am missing out on a LOT of great meat deals and it is costing me!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2013, 11:03 PM
 
17,158 posts, read 22,161,261 times
Reputation: 31223
Quote:
Originally Posted by CaptainNJ View Post
i noticed that you referred to a large fridge as a "monstrosity." so your little play act pretending as if there is no judgement regarding the size of fridges that this is just a curiosity over people who may live with small or no fridges is clearly an act. you want to hear positive feedback regarding going fridgeless and maybe throw around how us americans think we need everything bigger and to use more resources blah blah blah. i have a large fridge and its usually sufficient. but it came with my house and the space isnt something i can enlarge easily otherwise id get a bigger one. i have no desire to live like a poor mexican or some european that washes his clothes in his kitchen in his flat. i want a big house, big car and a wife with big knockers.

good post!!

I have two large refrigerators, and two freezers, they both pay for themselves, I stock up on the sales..

I hunt for wild game , and freezers are a must, I also cut up animals for other people, and many pay me with meat.. so I need the storage
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2013, 11:07 PM
 
17,158 posts, read 22,161,261 times
Reputation: 31223
Quote:
Originally Posted by tickyul View Post
I have a tiny fridge and I hate it.


I mainly eat meat and usually stock up on marked-down meat when I see it.


Sometimes I see marked-down chickens for $2.50 - 2.80. I love chicken and will broil 1/2 chicken for a meal......YUMMO! But that PIECE OF **** tiny fridge/freezer......forget it...cannot do it. So I am missing out on a LOT of great meat deals and it is costing me!
I was like this in my early 20's, had a small apartment, small fridge,, and because of lack of storage, like you, missed out on some great deals..
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:
Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Economics > Frugal Living
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top