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Using, Rather Than Tossing, Surplus Foods Saves A Lot Of Money For Family Of Four

October 24, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
A Boston globe writer who decided earlier this year to spend more time with her children says she needed to trim grocery costs to make up for lost income.  By cutting food waste – using instead of throwing away things like wilted celery and cherry jar syrup – she got her monthly grocery bill down to about $420. That’s considerably less than a “liberal” grocery budget of $1,016, and $100 less than what the USDA calls a “thrifty” plan of $520 for a four-person family with young kids. At a time when the average American family wastes about $1,600 in food a year, Elspeth Hay says preventing food waste wasn’t really a chore this summer: “frugality tasted more like freedom.”[Image Credit: © Esther Merbt from Pixabay]
Elspeth Hay, "How to reduce food waste and live frugally", The Boston Globe, October 24, 2018, © Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
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