Save up to $370 a Year.

Learn how to save up to  $370 per year by reducing your food waste.  According to the Let’s Talk Trash initiative on My Plate the United States wastes about 90 Billion pounds of uneaten edible food each year.  This costs most people $370 each year.  What does this mean to you? Well less food loss and waste can help save money, improve food access, and protect natural resources.

Facts about food loss and waste include:

  • Food waste is now the single largest component going into municipal landfills.
  • Food loss is when food is spilled or spoils before it reaches the retailer.
  • Wholesome food is thrown away instead of reaching people in need.
  • Purchasing, processing, transporting, preparing, storing, and disposing of discarded food uses land, water, and energy resources that could be used for other purposes.

Want to make a change in your home?

Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov and click on the Eating Healthy on a Budget section to find ways to eat healthy and help manage your food resources in your home.  There are also interactive links to help you plan and save, be food safe, check for quality, storage reminders, re-purpose and freeze extra food, donate, and recycle and compost.

With so many helpful tips and ideas, like eat before going to the grocery store, the new USDA “FoodKeeper” app, directions on how to freeze almost any food, a free pdf book on safe food storage, a guide to food quality and how long food lasts once you get it home, and so much more.

I know I am guilty of buying too much food at the store and realize when I get home that there is no way I will be able to eat all of it before it spoils.  I have started to plan more, make a list and stick to it, and buy in smaller quantities, not bulk because I think its cheaper.  The message is there are small steps each of us can make to help with food waste.  And there are also great resources available for those who want to make a change in their own lives.

3 thoughts on “Save up to $370 a Year.

  1. Great post regarding food waste. Have a read of Laura Bussey’s blog regarding food desert. It makes for a tragedy that there is such an issue with food waste, yet at the same time there are issues with food deserts.

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  2. I’m always looking for new ways to save money when it comes to food. Eating fresh is hard to do because so much of it can spoil in such a short amount of time! I did the food waste extra credit in Miller Hall, and I was shocked to see how much is wasted within just a couple of hours. No doubt food waste is a huge problem in this country.

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  3. It’s tragic how much food is wasted in our country. I used to work at a coffee shop that served donuts, sandwiches, bagels, and other items. The donuts had a time of peak freshness and had to be sold out, and if any were left over by the end of the night, we were required to throw them away. There was a high homeless population in that area, and it was against corporate rules to give away ANY items–instead, they all went to waste. It infuriated me.

    Thanks for informing us on the resources available to help eat on a budget and store food! I will definitely utilize those tips!

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