How to Reduce Food Waste & Food Costs [Infographic]

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We all know the feeling. You’re in the grocery store feeling famished. You end up buying anything that appeals to your hungry eye and before you know it you’re at the register buying way more food than you even know what to do with.

Sound familiar? Turns out, the average U.S. household wastes almost $1,000 in food each year. Whether or not you’re shopping on a budget, wasted food translates to a waste of money.

Not only is food waste bad for your budget, but it has a negative impact on the environment, too. Our food economy works on a supply and demand system: we want food, we buy food, and farmers produce the food according to our needs.

So, when we buy and waste food, it signals to farmers and vendors that we want more, even if what we buy just gets thrown away. What this means for the environment is more natural resources are being exhausted — for no reason other than to go right back into the landfill.

If you want to spend less at the grocery store while minimizing your environmental impact, there are a few things you can do. No, we’re not going to tell you that you have to plan each and every meal with no flexibility (but meal prep doesn’t have to be boring). And no, you don’t need to flip through newspaper ads to find the best deals at the grocery store (but saving on seasonal items and using a store savings app is recommended).

Being more cognizant about the food you buy and how you use it—even when you throw it away—can help you minimize your food waste and in turn, save money on your grocery haul.

Want to learn more? See our infographic below for tips on how you can reduce your food waste and spending.

infographic explaining how to reduce food waste

Clearly, there are plenty of ways to cut down on food waste and reduce your overall food costs. To help you in this endeavor, use a budgeting app to help you track your food spending, and make a difference that benefits both your wallet and the world!

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USDA; U.S. Food Waste Challenge FAQs

PLOS; Household Food Waste: Multivariate Regression and Principal Components Analyses of Awareness and Attitudes among U.S. Consumers

 

 

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