Every year, Americans are wasting approximately 133 billion pounds of food, and much of that is happening at home. Luckily, there are many great ways to reduce your impact on food waste, and one of the easiest is to shop smart and buy only what you know what you will eat. Here are some tips to get the best bang for your buck and reduce your food waste at the same time.
- Plan your meals – Buying a whole bunch of ingredients without a plan for how to use them is setting you up to throw away about half of what you just bought. But if you have an idea of what you want to cook for the week and make a list, you’ll be more likely to buy only what you need, saving money and reducing waste at the same time. Win-win.
- Take stock before you shop – How many times have you bought more celery or milk without realizing you still had some at home? Buying more of what you already have wastes time and money, and at least some of that extra product usually goes to waste. *Exception: if there’s something on sale that you normally go through pretty quickly (think rice, canned vegetables, etc), stock up! Especially if it’s nonperishable.
- Never shop hungry