Hello! I’m Karrie, also known as the “Freezer Meal Queen”.
I’m the author of the international award-winning cookbook “Seriously Good Freezer Meals“, the recipe developer, cook, writer and the-sometimes-photo-taker of the recipes and other pictures on my blog happymoneysaver.com. I’ve been making and developing freezer meal recipes for over 15 years in my kitchen and have learned all the best techniques and strategies.
I’ve been featured on…
I’ve been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and featured in the All You Magazine as well as some local news segments. I’ve been featured in Buzzfeed, Msn.com, Yummly, Bloglovin, and Flipboard. As for magazines I’ve been featured in Marie Claire Magazine UK, San Diego Woman Magazine, At Home New Jersey Magazine, Seattle Magazine, Shape Magazine, Albany Times Union Newspaper, Eat This, Not That Magazine, Mom Magazine, Paris Post Intelligencer Daily Newspaper, Bella Magazine and more!
Food is my love language. But so is saving money. So I like to combine the two a lot and make thrifty make ahead and freeze meals to save time. Because life is busy, and freezer meals can come to the rescue for all of us. And yes, they actually CAN taste good.
A little bit about me.
Growing up in a large family I’ve always been keen to find ways to cut costs and more importantly time. I live my dream of spending time with my family while getting into all sorts of trouble and living life to the fullest. You know, doing crazy things like making 50 freezer meals in a day, raising chickens, learning to make things the old fashioned way, and dancing to 80’s music while cleaning the house.
I live and blog out of eastern Washington with my husband and four amazing kids who keep me running around crazy all day long with sports, activities, and all the other regular mom stuff. But they also steal my heart.
I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and I love love love the Gospel. I love that I can always ask God to help me out in this crazy thing called life. And I know that He loves me and answers my prayers. This is a big part of who I am so I wanted to mention it.
I started blogging in 2009 as a way of sharing recipes and money saving ideas with my 3 silly sisters. I never dreamed of the exciting ride it would take me through the years working with brands like Frigidaire, Quaker, Albertsons, Allegiant Air, Maytag, Instant-Pot and Kimberly-Clark. I’ve also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and featured in the All You Magazine as well as some local news segments.
My blog happymoneysaver.com helps my readers find delicious recipes, learn ways to live life to the fullest while on a budget, make things from scratch, and learn to try try again when things go wrong. We like to have fun around here. So I share ideas to keep my readers cooking in the kitchen and laughing along with my funny adventures.
In 2018 I released my very first published freezer meals cookbook. Seriously Good Freezer Meals is full of my own tried and true, best freezer-meal recipes. As soon as I started posting freezer meal recipes on the blog my readers instantly fell in love. They were hungry for a whole freezer meal cookbook full of my best freezer meal recipes and commented/emailed me often about wanting a cookbook. Seriously Good Freezer Meals cookbook is helping out thousands of busy families by teaching them methods of time saving freezer meals. But seriously tasty ones.
Catchin’ Up with Karrie
First thing you wanna do is subscribe to my email updates in the little box at the top of my site. That way when fresh new content or big things are announced you’ll be the first to know.
You may also want to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Youtube and if you love freezer meals you can ask to join my private freezer meal club group too.
If you need to get ahold of me feel free to shoot me an email at [email protected]ppymoneysaver.com. If you are a brand that wants to work together also shoot me an email. I’d love to hear from you!
I was looking over your recipe for dishwasher tabs. I noticed you listed unsweetened lemonade mix, but wouldn’t the Real Lemon crystalized lemon work as well or better? I recently discovered that Dollar Tree carries those in their drink mix selection fairly reliably.
I am not sure. I haven’t tried the Real Lemon in it before.
Hi I’m Doug, we live in Ontario Canada we know tide, oxiclean ,downy, but what else can we use instead of awesome cleaner.
A reply would be appreciated.
Thank you very much
Do you have the green-clean cleaner?
Hello! I just bought your books and am loving it so far. I do have one question though regarding your Hazelnut Chicken Wild Rice Soup. I’ve made the the rice and am done with the soup part. I don’t know if I should combine the rice into the soup prior to freezing. You are missing that part of the recipe.
Claudia Gutierrez says
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I follow you from the northern part of Mexico (Tijuana) and let me tell you that your ideas have made my life so easier since this pandemic started and my husband and I have been working from home.
Thank you soo much, God Bless you.
Thank you Claudia!
Gina Miller says
Hi, I read your blog about homemade scent crystals. I love the idea of making my own scent boosters with fragrances that I prefer. However, I am knew at this, and I was wondering if I can use fragrance oils? Is that safe for the dryer after the clothes are washed? I am not sure what the difference is. Thank you!
Hi, I’m really not sure as I’ve never tried using fragrance oils – maybe if you have some already make a small batch and test it on some old wash cloths first!
Tracy Trautman says
So – here is a thought for you. (I say you because you are a PROFESSIONAL and could do this in a SNAP and I would reap the bennefits.) Freezer meals are amazing! I would like to translate that into helping my daughter understand how she can make individual size freezer meals for herself while at college. So using pint size ziplocks and maybe a tiny crockpot…………….thoughts on what your cheapest meals are and how to do that? I would LOVE to do that as a Young Women’s activity for the 16+ aged girls!
Aweee, thanks! I love quick freezer to oven meals for college kids but a small slow cooker could be great too! Some of the cheapest meals for a bunch of individual sized meals would be:
Mini Chicken Pot Pies: https://happymoneysaver.com/frugal-food-homemade-chicken-pot-pie/
Breakfast Burritos, or Lunch Burritos: https://happymoneysaver.com/easy-chicken-burrito-recipe/
Slow cooker Potato Soup (or any of these easy ones) https://happymoneysaver.com/easy-freezer-meals/
Slow cooker pulled pork sliders: https://happymoneysaver.com/pulled-pork-sliders/
Mini Naan Pizzas: https://happymoneysaver.com/naan-pizza/
Freezer Mac n Cheese: https://happymoneysaver.com/freezer-mac-and-cheese/
Chicken Noodle Soup: https://happymoneysaver.com/chicken-noodle-soup-freezer-meal/
Just get mini meatloaf sized pans for the freezer to oven meals!
Hope that helps!
Thank you! I need that too!
I want to sign up
Just found your website and I’ve already passed it to everyone I work with. You have some great ideas and I am looking forward to trying as many as I can. I’ve ordered your cookbook but I’m going to pick a couple of your freezer meals to try over the weekend. This will make eating healthy easier while working shifts!
Hi saw your pillow treats for girls camp I love them is there any way I can only download the three I want to print?
Hi Karrie, I just found your website while I was on Pinterest . I saw the dog treats and love to know if you have made anything else. Wonderful to hear you are a Christian!! Praise the Lord for your you and your beautiful family!!!
i found your website today as i was trying to find a cookbook website as i have to create a cookbook for a school project. it is helpful!
John Holbrook says
Hi Karrie, I recently read your account of visiting the Big Ben Hutterite Colony near Cardston, Alberta
very interesting. I also visited the same colony but almost 50 years ago. I have some wonderful archival items I’d like to share with the members of the colony. I have photographs of Hutterite youngsters I met that summer August day of 1967. I’m sure current children would get a kick out of trying to figure out who’s who, which parent or grandparent it was I captured on film. They might also enjoy even more listening to their forebears singing–oh how they loved to sign! I had recorded
their songs (two hours worth) on a reel to reel recorder and only recently discovered the reel’s whereabouts in our old attic–up there all that time in all the heat and freezing cold through the seasons. I’ve had the recordings transferred to cds and the quality of the sound, old as it is, is remarkable, in fact…awesome! So, would you respond using another email address so I could attach a collage photo the kids? Thank you. Hope to hear from you soon.