Access to a storage freezer is key in a frugal home. We opted to get a chest freezer, which was a bit less in cost than the upright. If you want to be able to locate an item quickly, the chest freezer may not be for you. I'm not so picky and don't mind rummaging around during the winter months. What a wonderful way to eat locally grown, organic food, for a decent price....especially during a Wisconsin winter.