You likely have an invisible, tasty, and costly problem in your home — it’s food waste!

The average household throws out over $1,000 of food every year, and the tragic part is 60% of that food is edible.

Because food waste is a common and often complex problem, behavioral economics firm BEworks conducted a significant food waste study in partnership with Unilever Hellmann’s to help reduce food waste. After studying over 900 families, they found some very simple solutions that reduced food waste by 30% — saving households at least $300 per year.

The power of the program is its simplicity.

“It’s not that we have some new fangled gadget or a really complex procedure to help reduce your food waste. Let’s just give you a different way of thinking about what you’ve got — it’s food math in a way,” says Angela Cooper, PhD, an Associate at BEworks.

Learn how to reduce food waste:

  • How the ‘3+1 Approach’ (plus a ‘Magic Touch’) increases confidence in the kitchen.
  • Why one ‘Use-Up Day’ per week is like money in the bank.
  • How picky eaters (yep, kids) can get on board.
  • Why placing a bowl in your fridge is a key scientific tool.
  • How food waste is a complex chain of behaviors, solvable with science.

If your fridge is filled with good intentions but you still manage to garbage your groceries, this episode of The Cash and Kerry Podcast could help you save hundreds, even a thousand dollars every year. Plus you’ll increase your resourcefulness with recipes by rethinking how to use key ingredients.

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DIVE DEEPER: After watching the show, read How to prevent food waste (and save $1,000 per year) for more on BEworks and Hellmann’s evidence-based and science-backed food waste reduction program. I share their recipe to reduce food waste plus a free Food Log.

Now Angela Cooper and I would love to hear from you.

What’s your biggest insight or takeaway from this conversation? Let us know in the comments below!

Next time you try the ‘3+1 Approach’ or use any of the food waste reduction strategies you learned today, come back and let us know how it went.

As Angela says, “A small change can lead up to a third reduction in food waste. You can imagine what could happen if you did more, but starting small is not inconsequential in terms of the impact it can have.”

Yes, food waste is a series of behaviors and taking small, simple steps today can create lasting sustainable habits. My hope is this episode helps you make it happen.

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