Tip #10 - Leftovers
Yesterday we talked about wasted food = wasted money. Normally, wasted food is thought of as food that goes bad before we have a chance to use it, like produce, meat, dairy, etc.
But wasted food is also the food you cook and then don't eat it all.
I don't know about you, but even with my large "starving" family we normally always have something leftover. It may not be a significant amount or an entire meal. Sometimes it's just a few of the sides leftover or a small piece of meat. (If it's anything smaller than a regular portion size we let our dogs have it!)
Whatever it may be we always put it in a container and into the fridge it goes... Now what happens after that? Awhile ago the routine was that, about
What a waste!
I now try my best to not let any food go to waste = major savings!!!
How do I make sure they are eaten???
- Weekly Meal Plan - Instead of cooking a new meal, I plan to eat leftovers. I normally pick Sunday's, because we normally all just kinda pick and eat what we want since we are going back and forth to church most of the day.
- Lunches - My son and I will have them, since we stay home. Or my oldest daughter will take them to school (she's the only one with access to a microwave.) Who doesn't enjoy a hot lunch?
- Reuse for New Meals - This is normally with leftover sides. Say I have leftover corn & the next night we are having burritos, I will throw them in. Or if I have a few small amounts of sides I will heat them all up, instead of making new ones & we can pick and choose. This is normally planned ahead, but not always.
- Leftover Buffet - Again, another part of my Meal Plan. I do this a lot on Saturdays and my kids love it! I pull out all the leftovers and put them on the cabinet. First come, first served.
Tip: I would suggest to try not eating the same leftovers the next day. Break it up.
**Think about how much money you could save a month if you just replaced one dinner & 2 lunches a week with leftovers...