5 Easy Ways To Reduce Food Waste And Save Money
8 November 2022 | Admin
Everyone knows that wasting food is not only a waste of money, but it’s also bad for the environment. Unfortunately, many of us still end up wasting food every day. Most of us think that we don’t have the time or energy to reduce our food waste, but it’s actually pretty easy. Just by a few simple changes in your daily routines, you can reduce your food waste and save yourself a lot of money in the process. Here are 5 easy ways to reduce food waste and save money.
1. Stop buying prepackaged foods
Buying prepackaged foods can be expensive – but it is also very wasteful. Things like plastic-wrapped salads, fruits and vegetables and packaged sandwiches usually have shorter use-by dates and don’t last as long as fresh produce. Additionally, these contain a lot of extra packaging that ends up in the bin and eventually in a landfill.
Try to plan ahead and take trips to your local farmer's markets or farm shops for fresh fruit and vegetables. Deciding on what meals you’re going to make and what ingredients you need will help you cut down on food waste effectively.
Also, try to make an effort to make a packed lunch where you can prepare your own sandwich and carry it around in a reusable lunchbox. That tiny bit of extra time you spend preparing in advance will save you money in the long run.
2. Eat out less
Eating out is a lot of fun, but it can be quite costly as well. When you eat out at a restaurant, often the portion sizes are bigger than what you’d cook for yourself at home, which can lead to waste. You can always ask for the restaurant to provide a takeaway box for you, although often these are plastic boxes that aren’t great for the planet. So why not take your own reusable storage tubs with you and ask the restaurant to pack your leftovers in those? Eating out less will obviously also save a lot of money in the long run. Instead, you can create your own tasty dishes at home and invite friends and family over for dinner parties.
Of course, eating out at restaurants is nice to do from time to time and you should continue to do so if you enjoy it but maybe look at restaurants that are more ethically-minded for your next meal out.
3. Eat leftovers from previous days’ meals
As we’ve touched upon above, eating your leftovers from restaurant visits is a good way to cut out food waste, but you should also do this at home. Instead of throwing your leftovers away, you can just eat them the next day or even freeze them for later. That curry will taste just as good for tomorrow’s lunch! Or, another way to be more cost-efficient and reduce waste is by batch-cooking your meals, which is next up on our list.
4. Prepare and batch-cook your meals in advance
Batch cooking is a great way to be eco-friendly. Batch cooking helps with meal preparation, therefore you only need to buy the ingredients in the quantities you require, reducing waste and saving you money. Make use of your reusable containers to store and refrigerate/freeze your meals.
5. Compost your food scraps
Did you know that you can compost your food scraps and use them in your garden? This is a great way to reduce waste at home and recycle organic materials like fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be thrown away. Best of all, composting is free and easy to do. All you need is a compost bin, a spade or a shovel, and some mulch to enrich the soil in your garden. Check out our blog post on How To Make Compost to get started.
These easy changes are all great ways to reduce food waste and save you money at the same time, so it’s a win-win. Start making these changes today and we guarantee you won’t regret it.