Food Waste

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The statistics on food waste are staggering to me. Approximately 14-25% of food is wasted in American households. Based on a $400/month food budget, the average American wastes around $56-100 each month. That’s a huge chunk of money, especially for families living on single incomes!

While our family has always lived frugally, only in recent years have I really made preventing food waste a priority. Sure, we used to eat leftovers, but we’d still throw some leftovers out, let produce go bad frequently and just weren’t conscious of preventing waste.

Now that feeding our family high quality, nutrient dense foods is a major priority, we truly value our food and I strive to have almost no food waste.

I’ve gotten really good at planning our meals around the produce that needs to be used before spoiling, make eating leftovers a priority and enjoy creating new dishes out of leftovers. We serve our boys small portions to prevent a lot of waste (and give them more food once they eat what was initially served) but they’re not the neatest eaters. In fact, the biggest source of food waste around here is the food that our boys drop on the ground.

Being conscious about how much food you are wasting is the first step to preventing food waste.

After we decided not to put any food/food waste in our trash can, instead choosing to compost and feed our chickens, we had a more accurate visual of the amount of food that was being put in the trash. Sure, a lot of it was scraps (peelings, seeds, etc.) but we also had a visual on the ‘real food’ that was being wasted.

Knowing how much food is being wasted serves as a motivator to reduce waste. When you start thinking about the money that is being lost by not consuming food, you start viewing food a little differently and preventing food waste can become a fun money saving challenge!

Are you aware of the food waste in your home? Is preventing food waste a priority in your home? 

responses to “Food Waste” 4

  1. When I was in Germany, I noticed that the Germans tend to go grocery shopping every day or so and ONLY buy what they need for that small time period. My husband and I have been trying to implement this recently because we are striving to change our dietary lifestyle. It can be hard not to throw in some treats, but I have found if I have a list I generally make it out of the store with what our needs are and my grocery budget hasn't been compromised.

    1. Grocery shopping daily or every few days is fascinating to me. I've also found that sticking to the list in the grocery store helps keep junk out of our home…if it's not here, it can't tempt me! Best wishes with implementing your new eating habits!

  2. I love this post. I have been reading your blog for some time now and really appreciate all of your tips. We strive to live minimally and stick to our budget. Being a single income family in an expensive (Seattle) area can be challenging. I am constantly praying for contentment with where we are and what we have. Thank you for always being encouraging.

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