McLEAN, Va. (6/30/15)--American households throw away $640 in food each year. While some Americans say they eat leftovers, 76% say they throw them away at least monthly, according to a recent survey from the American Chemistry Council (USA Today June 24).
When asked why they toss food, most consumers say it’s because of food safety and wanting to eat the freshest food possible. Confusion about the relationship between expiration dates also causes people to throw away food items that often are still good.
Spending too much on food doesn’t stop at tossing leftovers. If you fall into the routine of going out for dinner or picking up takeout, try cutting back. Stop at the grocery store and buy ingredients for a fun meal--have a taco night or make your own stir fry. Use coupons when grocery shopping.
Consider downloading the flipp app to your phone or tablet. The app allows you to browse ad flyers for stores in your area and highlights the top deals.
We often accept expenses as they are without trying to change them. Here are other areas where, with just a little work, you might be able to reduce your bills:
For related information, read “Is This Still Good? What Those Dates on Food Really Mean” and listen to the podcast “Is This Milk Still Good?” in the Home & Family Finance Resource Center.