According to The National Resources Defense Council the average American wastes 25 % of the food and beverages they purchase! Why--because we over buy, don't understand the use buy/ best before/ expiration dates, are busy, are tired, are lazy, are complacent or bored with our choices. Well those are MY reasons anyway!
And I am going to add an extra goal...
5. Change our food selections to more healthier options
I made some menu's. We are approaching this in a weekly basis. I will continue to go to the grocery store and we will allow options to dine out--just not as frequently! We already had some circumstances which required to tweak the 1st week. I think to be successful, there has to be some flexibility. I think with planning I woill have a more clear picture of our preferences. It will also allow me to begin putting thought into making healthier choices.
As far as cost savings goes My goal for January is to save 25% (since I am starting in on a partial month) and 40% for February of my average grocery spending. I realize this may take me more than 2 months to really see and feel the effects of sticking with the challenge. I am really going to focus on purchasing only what we need based on our preferences, the meal plans and using coupons and sales to control the spending. I need to limit impulse buys or buying in bulk if it doesn't make sense for our habits.
Change is good!
I would like to say this is a resolution but I hope it to be habit that changes permanently. So wish me luck!!