Most of us have been known to waste our food now and then when it goes bad or we simply have no use for leftovers. Although the cost of wasted food can seem minor, repeatedly throwing away food you haven’t got around to eating can result in significant wasted money.
How You Can Stop Wasting Food
Here are some tips you can follow to limit the amount of food you and your family are throwing out, and save on your grocery bills.
- You should never buy food on impulse. Instead, head into the supermarket with a detailed grocery list, which should be based on your meal plans for that week. Be sure to take advantage of sales when you can, so long as the items on sale are items that you are actually going to use.
- Generally speaking, you should be buying food in bulk, since that will reduce the cost per item in the long run. However, you should make sure that your household can actually eat what you are buying in bulk, since whatever goes unused and uneaten is going to go to waste.
- When you are storing your groceries, make sure to use a first-in, first-out system. Like the name suggests, this means putting older groceries closer to the front so that you will use them up sooner rather than later, thus reducing your potential for wasting food.
- Leftovers should never be tossed out if you can help it. Leftovers make excellent additions to lunch bags for work or school. If you don’t feel like eating the same thing the next day, just freeze them for later use.
- Instead of peeling your fruits and vegetables, eat them whole if possible. Veggie and fruit skins are packed with vitamins and other useful nutrients. Similarly, cook the stems of your broccoli and cauliflower instead of tossing them into the trash.
- Note that the sell-by date of an item is not the same as the expiration date. One refers to the point in time when the food is past its peak, whereas the other refers to the point in time when the food is no longer safe to eat.
- Make sure that your fridge is running in perfect condition to make sure that your food remains fresh for as long as possible.
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