5) Plan 2 Meals in One
When you’re planning a meal that you know will have leftovers, try to think ahead. If you have an idea ahead of time what you can repurpose those leftovers in, you’ll make two meals for nearly the price of one. For example, if you make a tray of oven-baked chicken, there are many ways to re-use the leftovers. Granted, many people like cold leftover chicken, but making a whole meal rather than a grab and go snack will save you money. For example, you could take the leftover chicken and de-bone it. Add your leftover veggies with some pasta and sauce. So, for the price of some sauce and a package of noodles, you just created another whole meal. This is just one small example. The point is, keep in mind when you’re planning a meal, what other meal you can roll the leftovers into.
6) Keep Track of Leftovers
It’s easy enough to place leftovers in neat little containers and store them in the fridge. The problem is, forgetting to use them! A general rule is 5 days to either eat it or freeze it. If you go beyond that, you’ll most likely end up throwing it out. This is especially true if you don’t know what day you stored it. The “when in doubt, throw it out” rule can be avoided by making sure to keep track of what you’ve put in those refrigerator containers. You can also get food storage containers that are freezer safe. If you mark the date on the container, and find you’re not going to use it within 5 days, you can simply put it in the freezer and add it to your prepared freezer meals list. This will avoid throwing out food, and therefore wasting the money you spent on it.