Save Money by Reducing Food Waste
Posted on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 7:00 am
How much money do you spend on a typical trip to the grocery store? You can save some money on groceries by reducing the amount of food you waste. All you have to do is keep track of what you spent and how much food you threw away.
How to Reduce Food Waste
The National Resources Defense Council did a study in that revealed that Americans throw out the equivalent of $165 billion dollars each year of food waste. From this, they came up with some suggestions that would help consumers to reduce food losses and save money.
Eat Your Leftovers
Restaurants tend to serve customers portions of food that are more than one person can eat. As a result, many people end up taking home their leftovers.
How much did you pay for that meal? If you ate your leftovers, you got two meals for that price. If you ended up throwing away your leftovers, it is as though you threw half the cost of your meal into the garbage.
Plan Your Meals
Take the time to plan out all of your meals for a week. Get a paper calendar or make use of a whiteboard. Write down what you will have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. If you have plans to go out to dinner – write that down.
Make a list of all of the ingredients that you need to make those meals. You may already have some items at home. The list helps you remember what you need to buy the next time you go grocery shopping. Don’t forget to use coupons – either paper or digital – to save more money on food.
Keep Your Receipt
One simple way to figure out how much money you are losing to food waste is to keep track of what you end up throwing away. Did half a loaf of bread go bad before you could eat it? The receipt tells you what you paid for that loaf of bread. Make a list of how much food you threw away and what it cost you. You might be surprised by how much of the food you buy ends up in the garbage!
Cook Only What You Can Eat
One really easy way to reduce food waste is to cook only what you can actually eat (or what your family can eat). Consider portion sizes as you are preparing a meal. The goal is to make just enough food so that everyone gets enough to eat. This avoids the problem of what to do with the leftovers.