How to slash your grocery budget by $3000 a year


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Approximately 20% of all food bought in Australia is wasted. This means, for every five bags of food we buy, we throw out one.

If you spend $300 a week on groceries, that's $60 a week you're throwing in the bin, or $3000 a year! Get the whole family involved in reducing food waste with these easy and effective ideas.

Start a 'food penalty tin' for your household

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For every food item which has to be thrown out, its monetary value has to be put into the tin. For example, if you buy a $4 tub of yoghurt and end up not using half of it before it expires, you put $2 in the penalty tin to cover the wasted amount. It's amazing how quickly everyone begins using everything up to avoid having to put money in the tin!

Have a weekly 'Smorgasbord'

Once a week, grab everything out of the fridge and freezer that needs using up and turn it into a buffet style feast. Cook or prepare as necessary, then serve everything up at the table and allow everyone to help themselves.

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A sticky solution

Have you noticed how small expiry dates are on food items? No wonder we forget to use things up in time! Solve this problem by re-labelling food with a cheap roll of tape and a marker; clearly writing the use-by date.

Be realistic

Often we buy more food than we'll ever realistically use, just because it's cheaper. However it's better to spend $2 on one cucumber than buy three for $5 and throw away two! If you buy a whole lettuce because it's cheaper and routinely throw out half of it, it's more economical in the long run to buy a smaller bag of leaves you will actually use.

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