Save the Money: Don’t Waste the Food
From childhood, this logic has been repeated to many individuals more than once. Each of us is guilty of this at one time or another. There are many ways to reduce waste and be kind to a budget. Check out this Infographic provided by Lendgreen on ways to stop wasting food and save money.
Try to avoid impulse purchases by planning meals and using grocery lists. You are less inclined to purchase items you don’t need and won’t consume. Buy items only if you have a plan in place to use them. Don’t duplicate the purchase until you have the need for the item.
Purchase the Exact Amount Needed
If you have a recipe that calls for two carrots, don’t purchase a whole bag. The same logic is used when purchases nuts, grains, and spices. You will be surprised how much you save using this method.
If you are only cooking for one person, don’t purchase the same amount of food as you would for a family of four. If you don’t cook on a regular basis, don’t purchase products that need to be cooked immediately such as potatoes or onions.
Have a Plan B
Maybe you are planning a party and purchase a fancy Camembert cheese for a great dish. The party is canceled; find a dish you will enjoy and use the product, don’t let it waste away. After all it is cheese, and many recipes can use an alternative.
At Home: Practice FIFO
First in, First out should be practiced when you unpack your groceries. If you rotate the groceries in the refrigerator and the pantry, you will not have as much of a chance for the first product to be stale and ruined.
Monitor Wasted Items
Keep a log of what items you seem to throw out the most often. A diary of this type will provide a great resource and you will realize which products you need to purchase less of when you are on your next shopping spree. For example, you might be throwing a half a loaf of bread away on a regular basis. Either freeze half of it or purchase a half-loaf such as is found in the deli department of your grocery store.
Take an inventory of the foods you have in your cabinet or the refrigerator. Check the dates and plan meals around those products that are close to expiration. Also, take inventory in the freezer and see how long the item has been frozen. Remember, rotation of the products when you first bring them home is a great way to save on wasted products and money.
Once a week, instead of cooking a new meal, use the products you have already cooked. You can make a great soup or make finger foods from the leftover meats and cheeses. Add that half bottle of pickles on the side and make some deviled eggs with the ones you purchased last week.
One of the best ways to have a healthy meal at work would be to brown-bag it from your leftovers from dinner. You can always freeze them and save them for later. Be sure you date them and list what they are so you don’t look at it later and wonder what it is!
Just because the fruit is reaching a point it is not as crunchy as you like, make a smoothie. You can use wilting veggies fruits into a nutritious juice drink.
Maybe you have over-purchased canned items or have items you will not use. Be sure to watch the expiration dates on them also. If you aren’t going to use it, donate it to a food bank near you so someone not as fortunate can enjoy the item. It will make you feel happy and not wasteful.
Each of these categories gives you an idea of how budgeting and watching how we waste our food items can add money to our savings account. After a short time, you should be able to remain focused and stay within a comfort zone when it comes to purchasing your groceries.
As Ben Franklin stated, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” You cannot argue that point!
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