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At Kwanu we’re about more life and less shopping. Shopping doesn’t have to be a drain on your life or on your pocket. Here are some simple ideas on how you can use your fridge to save you money, and ultimately win back time by having to shop less often.

Clean Out Your Fridge Before Shopping

Cleaning your fridge not only makes it fresh and clean for when you come home with your groceries, but you may just find one or two key ingredient in there for a meal or two. Items you didn’t know you had. Not only will this save you some money, but it can also help stretch out your shopping intervals. If you could live on what’s in your fridge, freezer and pantry for an extra week, that is an extra week of grocery money that you don’t need to spend.

Get Yourself a Use-Before-Container

Always have a container in the fridge that you can use to put items that are getting close to their use-before-date into. Get into a simple routine of always incorporating at least one item from the Use Before Container when you cook your next meal. This ensures nothing goes bad in the fridge, and all food is used up.

Cover Leftovers

Covering food helps to retain moisture and preserve freshness, which helps to reduce waste. But did you know the simple act of putting leftovers in containers can also help reduce energy usage? Limiting the amount of moisture helps to reduce how hard your fridge’s compressor has to work to keep your food cold, too.

Label Everything

By clearly labelling everything in your fridge and freezer cleaning doesn’t have to be a huge chore. It also helps to make it a quick daily task to go through everything and toss old leftovers, expired condiments, and anything you know you or your family won’t eat. Knowing what you have helps to prevent overbuying groceries, and keeping the fridge less full helps it function better, too.

If you can’t label everything then try to at least store leftovers in clear containers. This makes it a lot easier to see what’s in the fridge at a glance.

Freeze Leftovers

Whether you love them or hate them, eating leftovers is a simple, effective way to make the most of all the money you spend on groceries. But even if you don’t get to them in a timely fashion, you still don’t have to throw them out. Put leftovers in the freezer instead of throwing them away, and save them for those nights when you can’t think of what to make for dinner.

fridge hacks  to save time and money

Thanks to Stay at Home Mum and ShowBiz CheatSheet for the inspiration for these ideas