One of the easiest ways to save money on your grocery bill starts before you even leave the house. It's no extra work, you don't have to deprive yourself of anything and you don't have to clip any coupons. What is it? Stop wasting food.
On average, most families throw away 50% of the food they buy. If you have trouble believing that, then watch your family's eating habits for the next few days. How many times did your child eat only half of his lunch or dinner or drink only half of his glass of milk or juice? How much food gets thrown away when you wash dishes? How many fruits and vegetables have rotted and been tossed? How much meat have you thrown away because it is freezer burned? And what about those leftovers in the fridge or the cartons of sour milk?
If this is you, do you realize if you spend $400 a month on groceries, you are literally throwing $200 of it into the trash? What would you think if someone you knew took two $100 bills and threw them away? That would make dumpster-divers out of the most genteel among us.
Better planning keeps you from throwing away so much food, which will save you money. Here are some ideas on how to help you to stop the waste:
Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam are frugal living experts and the editors of LivingOnADime.com/. As a single mother of two, Jill Cooper started her own business without any capital and paid off $35,000 debt in 5 years on $1,000 a month income. Tawra and her husband paid off $20,000 debt in 5 years on $22,000 a year income.
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