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Food - Groceries
Written by livecheap staff   
Saturday, 17 April 2010 12:46

Bulk deals from warehouse club stores like Costco can save you a bundle, unless you lose a lot of those bargain goodies to spoilage.  If you don't keep track of the inventory in your pantry and your fridge, you need to factor in the cost Food_Spoilageof food spoilage on those massive portions.  Spoilage rates can be as much as 15% in some households and as high as 50% for fresh fruits and vegetables.  Who hasn't lost track of a giant yogurt container that somehow evaded detection by hiding in the back of the refrigerator for six months?  To reduce food spoilage and save as much as $25 to $50 a month, try these handy tips:

  1. Make sure you clean out your refrigerator once a week
  2. Right size your meals if you aren't good at keeping track of your leftovers
  3. Keep a list or calendar of leftover meals if you make these
  4. Resist the urge to buy super size packages if you don't tend to finish them
  5. Plan your shopping around the meals that you intend to cook, then cook them
  6. Eat out less, you'll finish more of the food you have
  7. Keep your refrigerator 38 degrees or below


The last tip reminds us that sometimes when we try to save money (in this case by turning up the refrigerator to a warmer temperature), it often costs us more than the savings we get. Be smart about what you buy and how long it will last and you'll save money in the long run.


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TamTam |2010-05-21 04:22:55
We keep a sharpie marker by the refigerator and when someone opens a package we write the letter O then that day's date beside it. This lets us know the date it is opened. If something is in a leftover container the date it was put in goes up on the dry erase board on the refigerator.
gefingerpoken |2010-05-16 21:17:03
Ugh, I just cleaned so much spoiled food out of my fridge, I felt downright stupid for not using it sooner. I'm trying to keep the expiration dates of each item in mind, but I may have to write each one down (in order of what expires soonest) and stick it up on the fridge so that it'll stay on my mind.

Times like this, I really do wish I had a calender! Then I could just write the product name on the date that it expires, so I'll know to use it by that day.
Amy |2010-05-14 09:55:15
When we buy something in bulk or that I think will spoil soon, I write it on the whiteboard that we keep on the fridge. Such as "EAT: chicken, strawberries." Keeps it at the front of my mind even if it's in the back of the fridge!
Audrey |2010-04-19 22:27:51
Thanks - these are great tips! I just wasted some food recently and that's a real bummer. I will be changing my fridge temp for sure.
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