Freezing Food, Reducing Waste

freezer_foodWhen I moved out of my college apartment in December, I made several shocking discoveries. The first was how many bobby pins there were in my bedroom floor. Seriously, had I kept that place cleaner, I would have known I had hundreds of bobby pins. Second, how quickly so much stuff could be packed and moved. I had spent days working on that room before and never got it clean and my family had the whole thing packed and in the car in an hour. I guess it is safe to say I’m an incompetent house-cleaner. The most shocking discovery by far, however, was how much food I had let go bad in my freezer.

I had spent the last three years sharing an apartment with three other girls and while the apartment had a full-sized refrigerator, by midwest American standards, it was pretty darn small. So how … Continue reading

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with These Strategies!!!

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!

  • Data from the Consumer Price Index shows that food costs have increased an average of 2.8% per year since 1990, and are likely to continue their upward spiral!

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:

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  • Saving money and the planet? There’s an app for that.

    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