Save Money by Reducing Food Waste
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Save Money by Reducing Food Waste

Posted on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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You can save money on groceries by reducing the amount of food that goes bad and ends up in the trash.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.

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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.