We waste a lot of money on food each year. Something like, 165 billion dollars worth.
No one likes to waste food, but we’re probably all guilty of it. In the spirit of frugality, I thought I’d round up a few ways to cut back on food waste and make the most of your groceries.
Keep Track of Perishables With Your Receipt
I wrote about this over at Lifehacker, and I incorporated it into my own grocery routine. Check out this short video to see how easy this tip is:
Find the True Expiration Dates of Food
Harvard conducted a study a couple of years back that found most of the expiration dates on food are total baloney (yes, baloney–all this food talk is making me hungry). They’re based more on marketing and less on health standards. So, if you’re going by the label, you may be tossing out perfectly good food.
For better food expiration dates, check out EatbyDate.com, StillTasty.com, or the USDA’s FoodKeeper app.
Each of these are databases that give more accurate expiration dates for a number of foods. You can learn when food actually spoils, based on how you store it. You’ll even get tips for prolonging its shelf life, and FoodKeeper will send you reminders for stuff you have at home. All solid options.
Emergency funds are important. Boring, but important.
While it might be painful to keep that much cash on hand and not spend it, use it to pay off debt, or even invest it, you’ll truly appreciate the power of an emergency fund if you ever have to use it for its intended purpose: to keep you afloat when shit hits the fan.
How much cash should be in your emergency fund? Depends on who you ask. Expert opinions vary on this number. Some say three months’ worth of living expenses; some say six. Others even suggest keeping a minimal amount on hand and investing the rest of your emergency fund. Keep reading
I’m not usually not into DIY projects. It’s not that I have anything against them; I think they’re great. It’s just that I suck at them. Keep reading
Is money simply a means to an end, a tool? Or does it represent something larger, more important?
Because I’m a huge nerd, I’ve been mulling over this question a lot lately.
There’s math in money. There’s no arguing against that. Your budget, your spending, saving for retirement–it’s all based on math, numbers. My practical side says, yes, money is just a tool. You use it to reach your goals, and that’s it. But I can’t help but feel there’s more to it than the pragmatic stuff. Here’s why. Keep reading
We all have life goals, and one of mine is to visit every continent. I’d also like to meet Charles Grodin someday, but that’s another post.
It’s an expensive goal, but this year, I decided to knock a continent off my list and visit Japan. And on the way over, Hawaii.
The flights alone would typically cost nearly fifteen hundred bucks, but I was able to book both flights, and a flight home, for under $450. I hate to brag, but this was one of my biggest money saving feats in a while. And this is a blog about saving money, after all, so I might as well tell you how I did it. Keep reading