Lately I have adopted a new way of shopping. Its pretty much what they do in Europe. They buy fresh and they buy less at a time. It has really helped me cut down on waste when it comes to food products.
The average American family wastes up to $500 a year on food. This is between expired food in their pantry and leftovers. While none of us have zero waste, its possible to cut it down. Here are some tips to help you with your grocery shopping.
- Stock up on things only that you use on a regular basis.
- Make sure that you put like with like. If you can’t see it, then you will probably buy it again.
- If you pantry is overloaded, consider using down the food to avoid waste.
- Meal plan- plan what you are going to eat.
Some common food mistakes I see besides overbuying:
- Buying more coffee and tea without using up the old stuff
- That extra pumpkin that everyone buys at Thanksgiving and doesn’t use during the year
- Not sealing up food and it goes stale
- Not zoning your pantry. You need to see what you have to effectively manage your food supply
While my fridge and pantry aren’t as full as they used to be, I have more clarity on my meals. I make sure that items get used in the appropriate time.