Okay. I have a system when it comes to grocery shopping. It’s called “The Empty Fridge System.” I will only go grocery shopping if my fridge is completely empty of anything I can logically eat as a meal, so obviously that doesn’t include alcohol or condiments. I’ve been doing this ever since I started living on my own like three years ago. And it’s extremely effective:
- It maximizes the use of my food
- Forces me to get a little creative with what I have left which is kinda fun haha
- Minimizes money wasted on expired food
- Gives a better understanding of what I do and don’t use (and whether or not I
should purchase it again) Anything that actually expires is not bought again.
- Gives flexibility to plan for specific meals and purchase those ingredients as needed without letting other ingredients go to waste
- Can buy ingredients to use as needed to pair with foods that are close to expiring
- LEFTOVERS!!!! 🙂
Only downsides are:
- More frequent grocery store trips – I go about twice a week
- Recipes can get a little weird when it’s time to go shopping
- Probably isn’t effective when regularly providing for more than one person
I just really hate wasting food though, and I think I get that from my Dad. He’s an accountant so his entire livelihood is to minimize the waste of anything – especially money. And expired food is wasted money.