Have you ever opened your fridge at home and were welcomed by a lovely smell of old food? Or have you ever gone into your fridge to grab something in particular and it had gone bad? Try to follow these tips to ensure this doesn’t become a regular occurrence. Every piece of food you throw in the garbage is money you’ve spent on it!
- Buy Less Food Overall. The Europeans do it and so should Canadians! Instead of making one big grocery shop on Saturday or Sunday and stocking up for the week – try to shop more often throughout the week. For some it will be difficult because of work hours, but there are many grocery stores that are open late or even 24 hours. The thought behind this is mainly for your fruits and vegetables; Thursday or Friday your fruits or vegetables may look a little “hairy”
- Cook More. This could work in 2 ways. If you make a larger dinner, use leftover for work or school the next day. Some foods taste way better the next day after they simmer for longer. Also, cook more instead of going out for dinner. Dining out can be expensive and sometimes we order more than we need. Don’t order the extras – you are paying for them and will probably end up in the garbage.
- Eat before you shop. I am so guilty of this. Make sure you go grocery shopping after you have either eaten a meal or a snack. When you shop on a empty stomach you are more likely to buy more food than you need. There is also the possibility of buying foods that aren’t healthy for you just because they look good from being so hungry.
- If you’re going to bulk shop – use your freezer! There is nothing wrong with buying bulk – but buy smart foods. Meat, pasta, non-perishables – all things that won’t go bad are perfect to stock up on! As long as you put the meat in the freezer and use strong reliable freezer bags.
- Keep your fridge clean and uncluttered. If you can’t see what’s at the back of your fridge – you are likely going to forget about it and then it will go bad. Think of things like hummus, cream cheese, yogurt, cheese, etc. Keep them up front and present so that you eat them up!
If grocery shopping falls on the weekend for you because that is what best suits your schedule then just make sure you make some smart decisions so that you aren’t overspending or buying things that aren’t necessary. Grocery lists and meal plans for the week help this a lot as well! Always remember your fruits and veggies though! Enjoy your shopping!
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