There’s no doubt that inflation is still a major issue here in the United States. Just this past weekend, I think my grocery bill was slightly under $200.  That’s for ONE WEEK of groceries for two people.  I’m not sure how families are managing.  Of course, I know there are probably plenty of ways I could save myself money, but I’m not one to do a lot of couponing, going to multiple stores, or cutting out things we truly enjoy. But let’s face it.  Each week there’s the dreaded wasted groceries!

How Much Money We Waste

According to SWNS, the average American spends almost $3,000 a year on unused groceries. In this same survey, they found the average grocery bill was around $248 a week, but 1 in 10 people claimed to spend close to $500.

And when it comes to the weekly wasted groceries, we usually toss about $63 worth of what we bought. Part of the waste is due to leftovers.  We often cook more food than we actually wind up using, and those leftovers don’t always get used up.

Many people claimed they tend to forget about food, which leads to wasted groceries.  And for others, it’s simply that members of the household don’t like leftovers. And for me, it’s that I eventually get tired of eating the same thing over and over!

Another interesting stat found in the survey is that we start wasting before we even get home.  This is because we tend to overestimate how much food we’ll actually need.

And when it comes to the foods many of us struggle to use up, here are the top 10:

  1. Lettuce
  2. Bananas
  3. Milk
  4. Apples
  5. Bread
  6. Avocado
  7. Deli Items (meat, cheese, prepared foods, etc.)
  8. Eggs
  9. Meat
  10. Carrots

How To Cut Back On Wasted Groceries

I know I’ve been guilty of tossing quite a bit of food, and I always feel guilty about it.  I have tried to be better about it, but there are still times I slip up.  Some ways to cut back on food waste includes using leftovers creatively, creating a meal plan, or composting.

Personally, I have tried to make a more conscious effort to only cook what’s needed for the week. And I’ve gotten better about freezing excess when I’ve made spaghetti sauce or chili.

When you look at it from the perspective of just how much money that is each week, and almost $3,000 a year, it really makes you want to work on a better strategy.  Imagine what you could do with a couple thousand bucks each year.  Plus, only buying what you are going to use can definitely lead to less clutter in your fridge and pantry too!

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