These days, it seems the prices of everyday needs keep going up and up. Food is especially high on that list. Throwing away food is equivalent to just plain throwing money in the garbage. With the ever-challenging task of preparing meals on a budget, it should be a priority to figure out ways to avoid waste and therefore save money. Afterall, everyone needs to eat. You don’t have to break the bank to prepare your meals though. There are ways, with a little strategic planning, to save money by avoiding waste. This may take a little effort on your part. At the end of the week or month, however, you will see a difference in the amount you spend versus the amount you waste. Here are 9 ways to achieve saving money by not wasting food.
1) Take Your Leftovers Home
If you enjoy dining out, even if just on occasion, make sure to ask for a “to go” container for your leftovers. Many restaurants have portions too large to eat at one sitting. This is especially true if you dine out buffet style or order the full course with appetizers. It’s always tempting to over-fill your plate, or order too much, especially if you are particularly famished. Rather than dump the rest, take a container home with you. This will not only avoid wasting that great food you paid for, but will offer an option for lunch or dinner the next day, thereby saving you the expense of another meal. Alternatively, you can put the leftovers in a freezer container and save it for a rainy day. Either way, you’ve just created another meal that didn’t really cost anything if you were going to toss it in the first place.