Sometimes those old sayings are based on a very wise sentiment. This morning on Yahoo, I found this little statistic:
“Prepare for shock and awe (and national embarrassment): According to government sources, roughly 25% of the food Americans buy goes to waste. That’s about one pound of food, per American, per day — thrown in the trash. Sadly we’ve crossed the line from Land of Plenty to Land of Waste.” http://green.yahoo.com/blog/daily_green_cheapskate/5/learn-to-cut-your-food-bill-25.html
Wow. I didn’t know there were official numbers and that they were so big. It illustrates so well the “cottage mentality” of our grandmothers – simply use what you have and you will start living well on less!
This article looked only at food, but there are many little ways to use what you have and save money while you’re doing it:
1. Those old t-shirts you are going to throw away or give away? Tear them up and use them for rags. Put a little bucket if them in different parts of the house and throw them in the washer when you’re done. Watch your paper towel usage drop.
2. Cut items in half, like sponges and dryer sheets (if you use these) and they last twice as long = save money and buy less for the landfill.
3. Use cloth napkins. Use a different napkin ring for each family member and reuse them for a couple of meals, then throw them in the washer.
4. And of course – food: eat your leftovers for lunches, creatively remake them into another meal (one of our favorite ways to use up rice is to make Parmesan Rice Cakes – yummy), and buy only what your family will eat for a 1 to 2 week period.
Let me know if you have any great tips!