Ice cube trays: (Full of ice, of course!) You can be as basic or as creative as you'd like, ranging from nonstick cube trays to animal-shaped and even minis. Fill with juice for fruity cube treats.
Ice packs for injuries: A must-have for parents with sports-loving kids. These come in handy for little boo-boos as well as the strains, sprains and sore muscles of childhood. In a pinch, a bag of frozen peas works just as well.
Ground beef, chicken or turkey
Boneless skinless chicken breasts: You'll be surprised by its many uses.
Vegetables: There's nothing like having a taste of summer in December, especially if you freeze your veggies shortly after they're picked. Veggies stay fresh in the freezer for about eight months.
Vegetable packets: (Like chopped spinach, broccoli florets, peas, carrots, etc.) Frozen vegetables tend to contain less salt than canned.
Ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Popsicles: Fruit varieties tend to have less sugar, but no matter what, these are great quick, low-fat desserts.
Pies or cobblers: Great for holidays and entertaining large groups or for dessert for unexpected guests.
Fruit juice concentrate: Flavors like lemon, berry and orange go over well with the kids during the summer months. And they cost a whole lot less than the stuff in the container!
Berries: Great for quick smoothies or for toppings on dessert, pancakes or even salads.
Tea bags and coffee: Freezing these will keep them fresh.
Sauces: Keep extras on hand for quick add-ins, especially if you took the trouble to make the homemade version. Freeze pesto in ice cube trays to make individual servings.
Leftovers: Make it a point to cook and keep the extras, saving you time and effort later.
Frozen dinners: For those days when you're just not in the mood. They're cheaper and usually more nutritious than take-out.
Bread: Keep an extra loaf of sandwich bread, as well as pita bread or English muffins.
Pancakes and waffles: When you're making breakfast make sure you cook a bunch of extra pancakes—they freeze well and will save you some time on busy mornings.
Breast milk: If you're nursing, of course. It can't hurt—and the babysitter will love you—if you keep "magic liquid" around.
Formula: If you have an infant. It keeps well and stays fresh.
Teething rings: A soothing relief for your baby, a godsend for you!