This post is part of a series based on Laine’s Home Economics: 50 Ways We Paid Off Our House on One Income. Previous posts in the series are listed at the end of this post.
Today I’m turning the post over to 2 guest posters with their ways of reducing waste in their home to save money.
We eat leftovers….I should say planned-overs. When I’m menu planning, I try to have meals that we can use the leftovers for either lunch or another dinner, but maybe in a different dish, such as chicken one nite, shredded chicken tacos another nite and chicken salad for lunch.
If we have a small amount of left over veggies, I put them in a container in the freezer, and when the container is full, I use them for soup. If I don’t think we’ll be able to eat the leftovers in a timely manner, then I’ll freeze them.
For starters we find that when we buy less food, we waste less, and I am more creative with what is on hand. We are trying to use up all of of our leftovers–food waste reaaaalllly bothers me when so many have so little…There is a site I think called “main ingredient” that has helped me with leftovers to be more creative. If I have fruit going bad–throw it in a smoothie, or greens, throw them in a healthy green shake through my juicer.
I take canvas bags with me to the stores. If I have plastic, I use them for cat litter or trash so I don’t use the big trash bags–but just trying not to bring them in our home.
We use junk mail to start our campfires or fireplace.
Buy frozen juice more and not big bottles of juice when we do buy juice–don’t buy a lot of that in general.
We compost and recycle anything that we can.
We put items out in hopes of trash pickers instead of trash. I think everything we have ever put out has been trash picked.
Previous Posts in the Series:
Give to the Poor
Pay Back All Debts
Save, Save, Save
Make a Budget
More on Electricity
Cooking from Scratch
Make Savings a Bill to Pay
Phone, cable, and internet access
Good food, Quality ingredients
Because I love meeting new people and sharing, this post is linked to:
Thrifty Thursday at Coupon Teacher and Frugal Friday at Life as Mom