Save Money by Cutting Down on Food Waste
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Save Money by Cutting Down on Food Waste

Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at 7:00 am
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Many things have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Some restaurants have closed. Others are no longer allowed to have indoor dining. You might be in an area where grocery delivery is unavailable or too expensive. One way to save money is to cut down on food waste.

A great way to cut down on food waste is to consider portion size. Does your favorite restaurant allow people to order take-away? The portion you receive is likely to be larger than an adult should eat in one meal. Take the food home and split it into two portions. Refrigerate one portion, and eat the other immediately. Ordering delivery? You can do the same thing.

Turning one over-sized portion of food into two smaller portions means you get two meals for the price of one. Make sure to eat the second portion before it goes bad. Not sure you will remember to eat your leftovers? Pair up with a member of your household and order a meal that you can share. Two people get fed for the price of one.

Saving money on grocery shopping is more difficult if you want to have your groceries delivered to you. The person who shops for your groceries won’t have access to your coupons or your grocery store loyalty card.

One way to save money on grocery delivery is to find out what different services charge. Pick the one that is the least expensive. Before you shop online, take the time to plan out your meals for the week. Make a list of all the ingredients you need, and make sure you compare prices.

Of course, in order to really save money you will need to put in the effort to eat the groceries before they go bad. Frozen foods and canned goods last longer than fresh foods do.

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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.