Speaking of saving money on food, one easy way to reduce food costs and be less wasteful is to purchase and consume less food to begin with. According to a report from the National Resources Defense Council, 40% of food produced in the United States is never eaten; instead, it takes up more space in landfills each passing year.
Because of inefficiencies in the way food is produced and shipped, this isn’t all our fault. However, we can do our part by using and wasting less foods in our homes and at work. Creating and using a basic meal plan is a great way to avoid making unnecessary food purchases, as is learning to freeze and reheat leftovers. Another option: Cooking smaller portions of your favorite foods to begin with. You may end up cooking more often, but it can lead to savings and a lot less waste over the long haul.