The Plight of a Naïve Grocery Shopper

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.

Over-shopping leads to wasteNow, 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 soon as I could, but alas, that was easier said than done.

I remember one time when I had just graduated college and was finally living on my own. This was the first time I was completely independent, without any roommates or parental support. That first month, I got caught up in this new freedom and attempted more “adult” things. This included cooking my own meals instead of resorting to cheap take-out food. I would plan out what I wanted to make each night, and I naively went on to purchase ingredients for all these different meals. Needless to say, I was left with tons of leftover food, which I stuck at the back of my fridge for future consumption.

In my mind, I would simply find a way to cook up these leftovers later on. This excessive procedure went on for about a month until I realized how full my refrigerator had gotten. As I took out each piece of food, I was appalled at how much had just been sitting there going bad. I had obviously ignored every single eat by date, or expiry date, and I had to now throw it all away. What a waste. All that money, thrown into the trash can.

This was quite the wakeup call for me. A large chunk of my finances were going towards groceries, and I had to try and save money by cutting down on them. Henceforth, I attempted to cut down on my wastefulness by sectioning off parts of my fridge so that older foods were more visible. I even tried to add food reminder notes on the packages to make sure they’d be eaten by their expiry dates. The efficiency of these methods lasted for about two weeks before I slid back into my old habits. I needed a more effective method.

Now, my case might be more extreme than yours, but everyone can do with a little less waste these days. Not only is making use of all your food cost-effective, but you can help the environment by conserving your carbon footprint. Once you decide that you want to better your lifestyle by eliminating the food wastage in your household, the only responsibility you’ll have is making sure you actually remember to do so.

I know firsthand of how difficult it is to keep track of all your food, so I recommend using EatBy. It’s the new “smart” kitchen app created for the sole purpose of reminding you of what foods you have in your fridge and when you should eat them by. All you do is scan your food items (or even use Siri) and insert the expiry dates. I’m now able to track when each ingredient is about to go bad and I don’t end up throwing it out later. It’s fantastic that EatBy is a free mobile app available to all, but I also love the shopping list feature which only cost a couple of dollars. Simply put, you won’t have to reserve time out of your busy life to figure out a personal system for food wastage. Leave that responsibility to EatBy, and you’ll save quite a lot of money.

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About Audrey Digi

Love food, love writing, love writing about food.
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