Throwing out food strains budget
Play your part in saving the planet. The bonus is that you save your wallet at the same time.
Did you know most households waste a considerable amount of the money they spend on groceries each week? Apparently 93 per cent of us have bought food that is then discarded.
Very few of us are lucky enough to have a live waste-disposal unit in a pigsty, most households simply throw their food waste into the electric waste disposal unit or their rubbish bin.
Try putting a container on the bench for a week and put all your discarded food into it.
Yes potato peelings have limited uses and only the pet rabbit likes the outer lettuce leaves but try saving all of the scraps, the dished-up but unwanted food off plates and the leftovers out of school lunch boxes.
Then add to the container items you throw out of the fridge and fruit bowl because they have been there too long, items you didn’t think there was enough of to be useful or the food was just plain withered up and/or mouldy.
You can optimistically start the week off with an ice-cream container but by the end of the week you may need a large bucket to hold all of the leftovers.
Sure, you have a compost bin and you can kid yourself that you are recycling.
But hang on; wouldn’t it have been easier to use the food the first time it came through your door instead of composting it to grow yet more produce to chuck out?
And you wouldn’t have to pay for the packaging, petrol and time taken to lug them home either.
The Matamata Household Budget Service has planned a free seminar to help local residents make better use of their grocery money.
They will show you how to plan your meals and your grocery shop to avoid wasting time, food and money. Handy recipes will be on offer for cheap but tasty meals, ideas on using leftover food without incurring family protests and creative lunch box ideas to save smelly schoolbags. We can even give ideas on preserving the surplus from that well-composted garden.
The seminar will be held at Railside By The Green from 10am until 12.30pm, Friday November 9. Refreshments will be served at 9.45am and goodie bags will be available to those who register in advance.
Further information or registration is available by calling 888 5692 or by texting your name and contact details to 027 BUDGET 1.
There are limited places available so please register early.