Reducing Food Waste In and Out of Your Home

If there’s anything I hate, it’s wasting food. Goodness. When I find old leftovers in the fridge that we’ve forgotten about, and it’s covered in mold and I have to toss it, I get so agitated with myself. I hear the voice of my mom in my head after she sat dinner in front of us and we wrinkled our noses: “Children in Africa are starving. EAT!”

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Americans spend an average of 9.7% of their income on food with 5% for food at home and 4.7% for food away from home. Unfortunately, Americans also waste a lot of food with consumers throwing away one pound per day or 225-290 pounds a year according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Decreasing the amount of food that is thrown away not only benefits your household budget, saving you money, but also helps the environment reducing methane emissions and conserving energy and resources.

Sustainability Goals at Home

Reducing food waste is a sustainable business model that is currently trending among restaurants and food establishments. It can also be replicated at home considering that around 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown out each year worldwide.  

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8 Simple Steps to Reduce Your Food Shopping Bill

When you’re on a tight budget, buying groceries is one of the very last things you want to do. And while you can work your way around a lot of the things on your monthly shopping list, there is unfortunately no way to get around the fact that you need to feed yourself and your family. While you may not think you’re spending a lot, your food bill could kill your budget in seconds if you’re not careful!

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But, there are some simple sure fire ways to keep your food bill down and still eat like royalty (well not royalty, but king of your castle at least!)

Step 1: Shop with coupons

When you’re shopping for, or about to spend money on anything there is very probably a coupon SOMEWHERE that will help you cut down on your overall bill. If you’re shopping online, you’ll most likely find free shipping coupons for most stores. If you’re shopping in-store you could find percentage or dollar off coupons on specific products, departments or your whole bill. Either way, you’ll be amazed at how much you save! It’s also a good idea to use coupons on your other purchases not involving groceries, which leaves you with surplus – there are some pretty useful Target promos available now, so make sure to check them out.

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