12 kitchen mistakes that are costing you money
When you need to cut back on expenses, the usual financial advice focuses on slashing your entertainment fund, cancelling subscriptions like Spotify Premium, investing in energy-efficient lightbulbs, or other tricks. No one ever tells you about all the money you’re wasting on food.
Because eating is pretty much a basic necessity, people don’t think it’s a place where they can save – but that’s far from true. Global food loss and waste amounts to between one-third and one-half of all food produced… a staggering figure. “Without a set budget, it can be easy to look at your bank account at the end of the week and wonder how you spent hundreds on one-off trips to the grocery store or spontaneous pizza orders,” says Justin Bailey, co-founder of Vimvest, a financial planning app. Read on to discover the kitchen habits that are unknowingly draining your bank account, and how staunch the flow.
- Your Uber Eats addiction
- Convenience food
- Storing produce improperly
- Single-use supplies
- Not using your freezer
Bread, leftover pasta sauce, soup and fruit for smoothies are just a few of the foods you didn’t know you could freeze.
- Buying ingredients for one meal at a time
- Passing on leftovers
- Wasting water
- Eating too much meat
- Buying out-of-season produce
- Tossing stuff because of the “best by” date
- Not planning ahead
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