6. Avoid Food Waste
In the U.S., food waste is estimated to be an astounding 30-40% of the entire food supply. Think about your own refrigerator: how much food have you thrown out in the past month? And every time you pitch food, you’re wasting money.
One of the simplest ways to cut back on food waste is to pay attention to what you have on hand. Those forgotten leftovers, the cheese that expired. These things slip our mind but if we commit to taking stock of our supplies – before assuming we’ll just buy lunch today – we can reduce waste and save money. Don’t be afraid to experiment with soups, salads, and stews to use up produce that’s nearing the end of its freshness. You can invent a new sandwich or dinner entrée using what you have on hand. There are plenty of websites – like this one – that let you search recipes by ingredient. Create a labeling system that works, too. What’s in the container? When did you make it? Easily identifying your food will make you more likely to use it a second time.
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Additional Savings Tips
- When possible, make extra dinner to use for lunch the next day
- Take the time to cut your veggies instead of paying more for the pre-cut option
- Embrace frozen fruit and vegetables, especially when produce is out of season
- Don’t cave to cravings – avoid shopping hungry!
- Avoid eye-level products…those are usually the most expensive options
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