Did you know that the average American throws away approximately 25% of their food? Some experts even quote this number as high as 40%. Therefore, based on our monthly food cost of $350 we would waste $87.50 a month. That is $1,050 a year on food thrown out in the trash. Almost stopping food waste has been one of the things our family has used to tighten up the budget. Here are a few things our family uses to help reduce food waste.
-Save and reuse leftovers-
- Use your freezer- You can freeze unused fresh fruits and vegetables
- Don't buy more than you can eat- Many of you know I am not a fan of the discount club stores that let you buy in bulk enough food to feed your city. This goes along with knowing how much food your family eats in a meal and not cooking too much.
- Plan your meals and shop only for the things you need, avoid impulse buys
What food we do not consume is either fed to our chickens or placed in the compost bin.