Today’s green living tip: meal plan before grocery shopping. Meal planning is the process of taking a few minutes to think about what you’d like to eat for dinner, in the week ahead, scanning the cupboards, fridge, and freezer for what you already have on hand, and then making a grocery list. It takes less than 10 minutes to do, too! By factoring in leftovers, it helps keep food waste down and you also get a night off from cooking.
Meal planning before grocery shopping is a small step that reduces food waste by using what you have on hand. In the U.S., our dumpsters and garbage cans are full of food that hasn’t been eaten. So much food gets tossed out because it’s gone bad. Eating food before it goes bad reduces food waste and that can save a lot of money, too.
Meal planning is also a time saver – it reduces trips to the grocery store so you’re not running to the store every day to pick up an item or two. I use meal planning as a way to keep track of what night my kids are cooking dinner, too. (Here are 11 reasons to meal plan.)
Meal planning keeps us on track for eating healthy meals cooked at home and reduces food waste. When we have a plan, we eat the food we have at home and skip the fast food. Try it for a week and see if it helps you save!
Are you a meal planner? Does wasting food drive you crazy, too?
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To celebrate April as “Earth Month,” I’m sharing a tip every day this month. Find all the tips by clicking the image below.