It has come to my attention that my mental math isn't as good as I had previously thought. lol Thanks Gabe, miss you too.
I am able to save $144.00 a year just by making my own ice cubes. I figured out that we were spending $3.00 or more a week buying bags of ice. I decided to see if my small RV refrigerator freezer unit would freeze ice cube trays. I bought 3 packages of trays, washed them, filled them with filtered water from the sink and put them in the freezer.
I takes two to three days for the trays to freeze but that's just about how long the previous ice cubes lasted. I bought a few more trays until I had a total of 12 trays. I also bought a small dish pan to use as a ice cube bin. The total I spent for trays and bin was less than $10.00. By the way I do not like the ice cube trays I found at WalMart. The best ones I have found were are Dollar General priced at 2 for $1.25.
Now every two or three days I empty all the ice trays into the dish pan and refill them. Since starting this experiment several weeks ago we have only bought ice, once. That's much better than three times a week like we did before the trays.
Years ago, when I was still a girl at home we always used ice trays. Now days everything is about being easy. Stop at the store and pick up a bag of ice. Worse yet, drive to town and buy ice. Cringe. When I think of all the money I could have saved by always using ice cube trays.....oh dear.
It does take time. Maybe 5 minutes to dump and refill the trays. Yeah, I have five minutes to save $1.00. That works out to $60.00 an hour if I did it for a full hour. So you could say I am saving $60.00 an hour by making my own ice cubes. Or better yet, I am not paying someone else $60.00 an hour to make ice for me. That isn't even including the ridiculous price of gasoline.
If you live most places bags of ice are much more than $1.00 as well, we just happen to have a place that you can buy it that cheap. WalMart is even more expensive than that.
Do you make your own ice, have an ice maker or buy ice?