How to Save Money and Cut Down on Food Waste in Your Fridge


About 40 percent of all food in the U.S. does not get eaten and the average household of four spends about $120 per month on food that’s never eaten according to Dana Gunders, a scientist working with the Natural Resources Defense Council and author of the “Waste Free Kitchen Handbook.”

Gunders discovered this while doing agriculture research and included her findings in a report. According to her report, which you can read online for free, some of the main reasons for food waste are due to consumer behavior such as:

  • confusion over label dates which can lead to food being thrown out before it is spoiled
  • food spoilage due to improper storage
  • poor planning when shopping and making meals.

Here are some tips on how to save money and stop wasting food:

  • shop from a list and pre-plan your meals through the week
  • make only enough food that you will know you will eat.
  • Learn how to store food properly in order to make it last. For example, on her website, Gunders suggest using wax paper to wrap cheese in, allowing it to breath.
  • research meals on how to use leftovers
  • revive wilted greens by soaking them in a bowl of ice water
  • have some left over veggies? Chop them up and store them in the freezer to add to soup and stir frys.
  • Milk gone sour? Use it for cooking in pancake and biscuit batter.

Find more tips at “Don’t Toss That Sour Milk! And Other Tips To Cut Kitchen Food Waste”



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One thought on “How to Save Money and Cut Down on Food Waste in Your Fridge

  1. columbiascappliancerepair August 27, 2016 at 2:03 pm Reply

    Those are great tips. Make sure you keep all food covered in your refrigerators and clean spills immediately. Also try to store fruits and vegetables in different locations. Another tip is to make sure your refrigerator temperature is not too high.

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