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You're Throwing Out $1,500 in Wasted Food Each Year

It’s easy to cut back on the edibles you’re trashing.
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I recently came back from a weekend away to find a bunch of slimy Swiss chard wilting in the fridge, next to a clammy grilled chicken breast. I’d had every intention of sautéing the greens and chicken—but I had barely finished unpacking my pots and pans in the kitchen of my new apartment, and was reluctant to slosh around olive oil. I’d shoved the ingredients to the back of the fridge, sure that I’d get to them eventually, until they were long past their prime.

The next morning, I trudged to the kitchen to blend a spinach, berry, and almond milk smoothie. In my sleepy stupor, I eyeballed the ingredients instead of measuring them out, and made much more than I could fit in my travel bottle. I poured a half-cup down the drain. In two days, I’d tossed away about $9 of food that I could have eaten if I’d been more strategic in my planning.