Leftovers Are Budget Friendly


I eat leftovers every week because I cook my meals in advance at the week's top. It’s simple, effective, schedule-friendly, and budget-friendly.

Once you get passed a certain amount of days, people start writing off leftovers because they’re deemed “too old.” But as long as your food is not expired, smelly, moldy, or not fit to eat, your leftovers are perfectly fine.

There’s nothing like a fresh meal versus a days-old meal, but it will still taste as impressive as your first portion if you cook the food right.

Buying Too Much Food

Food is one of the highest expenses amongst American families. The money spent on food is divided into two categories: groceries and dining out. Both can be expensive, but one consistently beats the other in this race (i.e., dining out).

However, if you don’t dine out every day or as frequently as the many do, you could still end up wasting dollars every week due to wasting leftovers. Not only do people find leftovers disgusting or not good enough to eat; some people simply waste food because they bought too many groceries. Unfortunately, I used to do this often. How I changed this, is I started monitoring how much and how fast I ate something from my regular grocery trip. Shortly after starting this, I was able to pinpoint the exact portions I needed to avoid being wasteful.

Cooked Food Is Less Attractive

But wait. There is another reason why many people ditch the food they cook; it’s because going out to eat and the experience it provides is unmatchable. Convenience is king. Dining out is fun.

I’ve often been guilty of doing this: you cook a meal for a set amount of days and then abandon the food because you had an appetite for something different from a home-cooked meal. It’s okay to do this if you can afford it and won’t waste any of the food you cooked, but often, people can’t afford to eat out and they waste food, which is another phrase for throwing away money.

It’s amazing how much money we willingly waste on leftover food. Every time you throw away a plate, empty out a container of leftovers or throw something away that you forgot about in the fridge is a reminder to be more conscientious of the food you buy. The less wasteful we are, the healthier our finances, and the more resources others can share.

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