10 Common Ways the Average Family Wastes Food

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One of the best ways to save money is to reduce the amount of waste within your family. If you are wasting things that still could be used, it’s the same as throwing away money. One area where most families end up wasting far to much is with their food. According to the New York Times, approximately one-third of all the food produced globally is wasted. You probably throw away more than your fair share of food and money along with it, but there are ways to prevent it. Many of us are guilty of buying too much food which we inevitably end up tossing into the garbage as soon as it starts to go bad. Here are some of the most common forms of food waste.

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6 Responses to 10 Common Ways the Average Family Wastes Food

  1. Bobbi says:

    I am guilty of some of these, but not all. :) We live on acreage and have “animals” (raccoons, bunnies, opossums, all kinds of birds, etc.). We have a bucket that we put most of the scraps in and take it down to an area (away from the house) that they all find at night. We also have a compost pile that we throw veggies scraps in or I use the veggies scraps in soup stocks. BUT I have bought some veggies that have gone into the veggie drawer and I totally forgot about them. :/ It happens.

  2. David @ PBC says:

    At some point in time, we may have done any of the points mentioned above. Its good you published this post. The article will help people to remember. The most important is to avoid buying food that you will not cook or eat. Dining out too often is also not going to help us save money.

  3. gregory says:

    My eyes are always bigger than my stomach. That is the one I need to work on most.

  4. david says:

    Families wasting food is a problem, but even a bigger problem is the waste from restaurants and shipping the food. It’s a lot like energy savings. It’s great and you should do your part at home, but there are a lot of other areas that also need to be addressed to solve the overall problem.

  5. GeorgiaPeach says:

    I don’t think people know how to preserve foods for a later date like they did in the old days. use your freezer and learn to can stuff that’s in season. Get a vacuum pack t make food last longer.

  6. Simple solution – with a huge impact: Find a nearby food pantry at http://www.AmpleHarvest.org and donate the excess tot he needy in your community.

    Kill food waste and hunger at the same time.

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