I hate wasting money but I hate wasting food more. There are too many people in the world without enough of it for us to be throwing it away just because we get lazy. Here are my top food hacks to save your food before it goes bad which, in turn, will save you money.

  1. Fruit Water
    1. Fruit goes bad the fastest in our house. When it’s on the verge, when it starts getting a little soggy and before the mold takes hold, slice it all up and throw it in a pitcher of water. This can be refilled a few times over 24 hours with it still tasting great! Plus it’ll help you get the hydration you need.
  2. Soups
    1. Soups are a soup-er (hehe) easy way to combine a bunch of foods about to go bad into a bulk (and freezable) meal. Add a few bullion cubes or beef/chicken/veggie stock and toss in whatever seems good! Add some bean or meat for some protein! Just make sure to label it when you put it in the freezer so you know how long its been in there.
  3. Snack Bags
    1. Pretzels, goldfish, raisins…you have 10 bags with a few crumbs left in each…combine into small zipper-lock lunch bags for easy-to-hand-out snacks for the kids. You can even keep them in an easy to reach location so they don’t have to ask over and over again!
  4. Stir Fry Bags
    1. This is one of my favorites for couples where one half does not know how to cook…in this case it is my husband. When the veggies are on the out I like to throw them all into a freezer storage bag, add a smaller bag filled with your favorite sauce combos (soy, teriyaki…) which also freeze very well! On nights when the usual cook doesn’t have it in them, have the other half throw it all in a sauce pan and voila!
  5. Casseroles
    1. As long as you have a pasta or rice on hand this usually makes a very fast and easy meal for left overs that are headed to the curb. Chicken, veggies, some form of starch, an easy-to-make roux or can of cream-of-something soup…leftovers extended!
  6. Popsicles
    1. Yogurt, juice, fruit…about to hit the expiration date? Throw it in a blender, pop it in the freezer and you have a summer treat thats healthy and cheap and the kids are none the wiser.

You’d be surprised how long you can stretch your budget and your fridge contents if you really put your mind to it!

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