Ever get that sick feeling when you throw away a squishy apple or mushy avocado? Not just because it’s gross, but because you know you’re adding to the growing global food waste problem and well, literally, throwing your money away.

Many households love to cook with fresh ingredients. But by the end of the week, families find themselves tossing quite a few things that went unused and have consequently gone bad.

No one wants to waste food – it sorta kinda just happens. But if we follow these few easy tips from the EPA, we can all get smarter with our meal planning and do more to help prevent waste.

  • Make a running list of the fresh fruits and ingredients you and your family eat regularly. Of course, it’s always fun to try new things. But keep this a list of items you know you’ll eat up every week.

  • Plan all your meals for the week before you go shopping and buy only the things needed for those recipes. Keep quantity in mind too, so you don’t overbuy.

  • Look in your fridge and cupboards first to avoid buying food you already have.

  • Get only what you need and will use. Buying in bulk only saves money if you’re able to use the food before it spoils.

  • Check your calendar to make sure you’re not planning too many meals. Are you going out to lunch? Has a friend invited you to their house for dinner? Only plan meals for those days you’ll be eating at home.

A few minutes spent making a list and planning your meals can make a huge difference in how much food waste you prevent. Not to mention the difference it will make in your pocketbook.


Stick It To Food Waste.