How to Prevent Food Waste and Save on Groceries
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How to Prevent Food Waste and Save on Groceries

Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 1:43 am
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One often overlooked way to save money on groceries is to do what you can to prevent food waste. This strategy forces people to look at food differently than they may have before. It is a bit of a learning curve, but the savings are worth it!

Buy Frozen Food

Frozen produce is just as nutritious as fresh produce. It is also less expensive, and lasts much longer. This is great for families who aren’t always good at eating fresh fruits and veggies before they go bad. Put frozen fruit into a smoothie. Pair frozen mixed vegetables with a protein for dinner.

Use Up Wilted Produce

It is entirely possible to rescue wilted produce and turn it into part of a tasty meal. Cut wilted carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, and other root vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Toss them in olive oil, salt, pepper, and whatever spices you enjoy. Put them in the oven for a nice snack or a side dish for a meal.

Salvage the Good Stuff

Is your broccoli past its prime? Cut away the bad parts – and save the core. It can be cut into small pieces that will be just as flavorful as the florets would be. The same is true of celery, carrots, zucchini, and root vegetables. Turn the small pieces into a vegetable soup. Have your tomatoes seen better days? Make them into pasta sauce, and add some chopped zucchini bits.

Do a Food Waste Audit

How much food is your family throwing away? Find out with a food waste audit. Write down all the food that ended up in the trash for two weeks. Keep your grocery receipt and find out how much money you wasted. This simple process could open your eyes to how much food waste is happening – and motivate you to reduce waste.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.