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9 Tips for Saving Food and Money
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9 Tips for Saving Food and Money

It is easy to save food and money with some easy tips to keep in mind. There are plenty more than the ones I listed, but these tips help me out. Here is a handy website that tells you how long hundreds of foods last:

1. Leftover Coffee in the Pot:

Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays and use for ice coffees later. Or you can make hot coffee again by heating it up in a pot.

2. Too much Almond Milk / Non-Dairy Milk:

You can freeze milk in icecube trays. The ingredients might separate in the process, so I find that frozen milk is best used in blended smoothies or other beverages.

3. Extra fresh herbs

Freeze leftover fresh herbs in an airtight container, or pre-mince and place in icecube trays with water/oil. You can also hang herbs upside down to dry and then store them in an airtight container or spice jar.

4. Too much fruit / Fruit on sale

Certain fruits can be frozen. Pre-chop so they are easy to grab for a smoothie. I do this if I see that something like blueberries or cored pineapple is on sale.

5. Too many veggies in the fridge: Make veggie burgers or soup from excess veggies in the fridge and then freeze them.

6. Pickled vegetables

Try pickling vegetables you don’t think you’ll get to them in time, such as cucumbers, carrots, beets, radishes, cauliflower...etc.

7. Plan around what's on sale/What's in season:

If sweet potatoes and cauliflower are on sale, then I will try to make a meal involving those two things. Around here, cauliflower ranges from 99c-$4.99, so the savings does add up if you work around what's on sale or not. Foods that are in season are usually cheaper too.

8. Eat before you go shopping:

This one is probably something we've all heard, but if I go to the store while I'm really hungry, I'll tend to grab both my healthy foods, but also a few unhealthy empty calorie foods too. It is much easier to just grab what you really need if you are satiated.

9. Carry portable food / coffee / water with you when you're out:

If you are going to be out for a few hours, carry a piece of fruit, smoothie or granola bar with you so you don't end up so hungry that you grab an over-priced pre-made sandwich or other food. This can also save you from grabbing something quick but unhealthy. Even a $2 coffee or water adds up if you are buying them often. It is also better for the environment to carry a thermos or reusable water bottle rather than buying small plastic bottled waters.



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  1. Melissa Nott
    Melissa Nott
    Great ideas! I'll need a bigger freezer!
  2. Erin Rohne
    Erin Rohne
    One other thing you can do with extra veggies (or veggies that have gone bad, or scraps) is to make homemade vegetable broth. It's super easy!
  3. Tonya Kubo
    Tonya Kubo
    Great ideas! All of these have worked well for us. And freezing coffee is the best way I've found to make your own frozen coffee drinks at home.


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