If you’re a frugal type of person then you hate throwing things away. Most things should be used, recycled, given or sold. This applies to food as well. Say you’ve gone to the grocery store, bought things on sale, used coupons wisely, bought in bulk and ended up saving big bucks. Then you come home and a couple of weeks later you find yourself throwing away food. There go your savings – straight in the trash can. How can this be avoided? Just follow these 5 tips to reduce your food waste.
- Purchase small amounts more frequently. Instead of buying a whole bunch of bananas, avocados and tomatoes, only buy what you plan on eating in the next few days. Yes this means more trips to the grocery store, but it will also mean you won’t be finding rotten fruits/veggies in the fridge anymore.
- Use the freezer. Food left out will spoil soon. Place it in the fridge and it will last longer. But keep it in the freezer and you’ll be able to eat it weeks, if not months, later.
- Sharing is caring. Got some extra food? Instead of letting it spoil, share it with your friends, family and neighbors. If they’ve overstocked on something in the future they’ll return the favor and share it with you.
- Take home leftovers. When you go out to a restaurant, they usually serve an absurd amount of food. Instead of sitting there trying to eat all of it, eat enough so you’re full and take the rest home.
- Store your food smartly. When you store food in the fridge, place it in clear packaging so you can clearly see what’s inside. Also, place the food that will spoil first in the front where it’s most visible. It’s common to forget about items wrapped in foil and in the rear of the refrigerator.