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Lean N Green: Waste Not, Want Not

August 31, 2009

We are all looking for ways to cut back on expenses.  Have you ever opened your refrigerator door, and practically had to empty it by throwing away old food?  I have, and it makes me sick to think of the waste.  To help yourself waste less, every time you throw something away, assign a dollar amount to it.  Mentally add up what you throw away over the course of one month, or even one week.  Once you realize how much money you are literally throwing away, it will be easier to be more conscientious about what you are buying and you will end up spending less.

  • Make it your personal goal to use everything – especially produce and meat.
  • Try to use leftovers (often the culprit in my fridge) for lunches.
  • Plan your meals for the week in advance and shop accordingly.
  • Resist picking up extras at the store.
  • Plan one day a week where you eat leftovers such as a Friday Free For All, or a Wednesday Waste Not, Want Not.

We can all save more money just by making sure we use what we have and not wasting it.  Let’s do it together.

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