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Use What You Have {Family Money Minute}

Use What You Have

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April 6, 2015: Use What You Have

Did you throw away uneaten fruit this week? Or maybe you discovered boxes way back in the pantry that expired years ago…


When you throw away unused food, it’s literally like throwing money in the garbage. So how do you combat it?

One way is to meal plan. When you know what you are going to eat on each day, it helps you avoid unnecessary purchases at the grocery store.
Second, be realistic about what you’re going to eat. Just because something is on sale or looks good in the moment doesn’t mean it makes sense to buy it on the spot.

Finally, consult your schedule. If you’re going on vacation this weekend, it doesn’t make sense to stock up on a lot of perishable goods. Likewise, if you’re trying a pantry item for the first time, I wouldn’t recommend buying multiple packages of it, even if it is a great price. So before you go to the grocery store again, shop from your own stash first!

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