Did you know that when you decrease food waste in your home it can save you money? Check out my favorite tips to reduce food waste and save money. You can start today!
Happy Friday! I’ve got a lot going on right now- so I’m skipping Food Waste Friday this week. I’ll recap it next week. I don’t ever like to skip Food Waste Friday. I’m so passionate about it that even when I do skip, I always post some good tips for you to avoid food waste.Be eco-friendly AND save money! Check out 8 tips to decrease food waste. Click To Tweet
Here are my favorite 8 tips to decrease food waste and save money:
Take inventory- Every Thursday I go through all the food we have and set up my post for Food Waste Friday. This has been the biggest way I’ve learned to save money on grocery shopping. Through inventory I am able to better know what we will need and not need for the next week of meals.
Practice “first in, first out”– Always try to eat what was put in the fridge first. For example, say you have take-out leftovers from Tuesday, and leftovers from Wednesday’s dinner, make sure to eat your take out leftovers first.
Get creative with ingredients that are about to go bad- This is my favorite tip! It’s like competing against yourself on a cooking show. You get a bunch of random ingredients and try to make something tasty from it. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t.
The freezer is your best friend- You might be surprised by how many things can be frozen. I consistently freeze spinach, kale, and fruit that is on the verge of going bad to later throw in my smoothies.
Use what you have on hand to meal plan– Don’t plan 7 meals for the week that involved you buying every single ingredient. Use what you have on hand first.
Fill in the gaps with more meal planning- Make sure you only plan enough meals that you can eat.
Only buy what you need- Here’s a novel concept: you can always get more at the store. While I would love to have a perfectly stocked fridge and pantry all the time, it doesn’t ever happen. I’d rather run out of something and have to make a second trip to the store, than buy too much and waste it when it goes bad.
Compost! While I don’t currently compost, I still recommend it. It’s the best way to keep bad fruits and veggies out of the landfill. I hate to think of food rotting away and taking up precious space in our landfills.
What are your favorite tips? How did you do this week? Lots of waste? Little?