As a mom, one of the things I hate most is wasting food. It’s more than just food – it’s something my family (or another one) could have eaten and it’s money I might as well have just thrown in the trash. You can do your best to use up leftovers, but it won’t necessarily help if you’re not cutting back in other ways. These tips can help you reduce food waste and keep your cash in your wallet.
I can’t stress the importance of meal planning enough, especially for families! I started meal planning about a year ago and haven’t looked back since. Before I even think about going to the store, I plan out my family’s meals for the week – breakfast, lunch, and dinners. Meal planning is super easy to do and helps you go to the store with a plan so you don’t overspend or buy more than your family can eat.
Write down the names of the meals for each day and their ingredients. Cross off anything you already have and add the others to your shopping list, including the exact amounts so you don’t end up wasting anything. Stick to your weekly plan and include a day each week for leftovers at lunch or dinner.