I’ll admit I’ve had a problem, a problem that I imagine cost me quite a lot of money in the past. In college, I developed a habit of wasting tons of food that went bad in the refrigerator. It’s not like I was swimming in cash, either. Whether it was my busy schedule or my general forgetfulness, I seemed to just let food expire at the back of my fridge.
Now, it’s not that I was going grocery shopping every other day or loading up on food that I knew I wouldn’t eat. However, as you know, you usually can’t just buy single portions of food at your local supermarket. So, I ended up buying different items in bulk and used portions of them for my meals. This wouldn’t have been an issue if I’d remembered to eat the remaining food as … Continue reading
It’s expensive to feed your family!
The cost of food is a large portion of most household budgets, and the price continues to climb.
There are several alarming statistics surrounding the cost of food in America:
According to The United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, in July 2014 the cost to feed a family of four ranged from $568 to $1,293.20 a month! That’s Huge!
Fortunately, there are a few techniques that can help you save big on your next trip to the grocery store!
Use the following strategies to dramatically lower your food bill:
So much wasted food.
I recently read a report by the United Nations Environment Program that stated over half of the food produced globally is wasted, lost or discarded as a result of “disorganization in the human-managed food chain”. I honestly felt sickened to learn that food waste generally takes place largely in high-income countries such as the US and UK. Some reports estimate that 30 to 50% of all the food that’s produced is wasted before ever reaching the table. It’s hard to imagine that amount of food going to waste.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (or USDA) estimates that supermarkets annually toss out $15 billion of unsold fruit and vegetables. But that’s only part of the problem. Domestic food waste apparently accounts for over 50% of the total. That’s $165 billion in the US alone! I’m not saying that food waste only happens in developed countries, it’s a global problem and the reasons differ widely between countries and regions.
Many people don’t realize the impact wasted food has on the economy and the environment. … Continue reading
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