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What You Can Do

There are a range of things you can do to improve your food waste footprint…ecologically and economically.

1. Make a list of what you already have and what you need (amounts) before you go to the grocery store. 

Many people purchase food items that 1) they don’t remember they already have, 2) come in bulk with only a small percentage used, and 3) that sound good at the time, based on impulse, but will never actually eat.

2. Use a smartphone app or online spreadsheet to account for food items bought, eaten, & thrown out.

By keeping track of your food purchase history and consumption habits you can save a lot of money as well as fridge space. (The average family of 4 spends ~$1500 on wasted food every year)

If you have access to a smartphone or tablet you can take advantage of apps specifically designed to help you reduce food waste and save money!

3. Take those leftovers home (and eat them).

Don’t be afraid to box up that extra bit of salad or corner of a sandwich.  These small bits of food make great snacks as well as ingredients for future meals (ex. you can use the leftover salad on a sandwich).

4. Use your freezer to stock leftovers.

With proper use of storage containers you can freeze most food items that go uneaten , fresh or leftover, for future meals. Freezing is a great way to make your food and money go further!