Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Save Money by Not Wasting Food

I know someone who goes through their fridge each week and throws out lots of food before doing their grocery shopping for the next week.  It is hard for me to see people waste food, especially when they are living on a limited budget and the food could be used to eat if they applied a little more thought.  Any food wasted is also money that is wasted.  Here are some ideas to think about to help you cut the food waste in your home.

If you have leftovers, freeze them if you are not going to eat them in the next day or two.  If you do this right away, you won't have containers shoved to the back of your fridge, only to find them a week later and realize that they aren't good any more.  You can also take the frozen leftovers for lunches.  On busy mornings, you can just pull something out of the freezer and be on your way.  If you don't feel like cooking one night, you can pull your containers of leftovers out of the freezer and have them for dinner.  If you have a month where money is slim, you can use your leftovers instead of having to buy groceries. 

Before going shopping each week, clean out your refrigerator.  See what you have that needs to be used.  If you have leftover spinach, for example, make a meal with spinach.  If you don't want to, at least cook and freeze the spinach to use later BEFORE it goes bad.  Use what you have before you buy more.  Incorporate the food that needs to be used into your menus so it will not be wasted. 

Have you ever had a loaf of bread start to mold?  One thing I do is to leave out what we can reasonably eat, and freeze the rest of the loaf right away.  The same thing can be done with bagels and muffins and cookies, etc.  They taste much better from the freezer and thawed out than to have them sit on the counter for several days. 

What problems do you have with food being wasted? 

What are some things you have done to eliminate food waste in your home?

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