Food waste can eat up a good chunk of your budget.
First, the facts: In the U.S., it’s estimated that between 30% and 40% of food is thrown away. One-third of all food grown on earth for human consumption is lost or wasted. When you throw out one hamburger, it’s the equivalent of taking a 90-minute shower in terms of the amount of water it took to produce that burger.
It’s a lot to digest, right? But by making smart choices and different decisions, you can control how much food you waste — and how much it costs you.
Make A Grocery List
Plan your meals for the week, make a list, and stick to it when you hit the grocery store. Overbuying and impulse buys lead to waste; intentional choices tend to fit both your diet and your budget better.
Don’t Give Your Freezer The Cold Shoulder
Extend the life of meats, bread, vegetables, and other perishables by freezing them. You can take out only the items — and portions — you want, whenever a craving strikes.
Store Items In Sight
The old adage “out of sigh, out of mind” applies to your fridge, pantry, or dry goods cabinet. You’re more likely to use items that you can physically see and that haven’t been lost in the bursting-at-the-seams bread bin.
Do Right By Leftovers
Repurpose leftovers that you’ve had your fill of into new recipes. Think ripe bananas and banana bread, soft strawberries and smoothies, past peak vegetables and casseroles.
Get An App
The USDA FoodKeeper, among others, aims to downsize the global food waste problem. Learn about best practices for food and beverage storage to maximize quality and minimize waste.
Preserve Your Food Sanity
With just a little investment of your time and money, you can acquire the knowledge and tools necessary for preserving, pickling, or canning your excess foods.
In that way, you’ll be putting them aside for future consumption instead of putting them in the trash can.