Some while ago, I found this in the SMH :
When I first read that, I thought, that’s a lot, but when you think about it, that’s $104 per month. I would say that number is much higher. I would suggest that that’s the amount people spend on food they don’t eat.
I looked around a bit more (googled a bit more) and found these facts:
- More than one-third of the world’s food produced for human consumption is wasted — more than one billion tons of food per year (that is 18,867 times the weight of the Sydney Harbour Bridge)
- Consumers in North America and Europe throw away more than 90 kg of food per person per year. Americans throw away about one-third of the food they buy.
- Though a lot of food waste happens on the consumer level, retailers and food producers waste a lot of food as well because of the emphasis on foods that looks good.
- According to a study by the United Nations, a major source of food waste is “buy one get one free” sales, which tend to lead to consumers buying more than they can use and then throwing away the excess.
With Christmas around the corner, I don’t think that most of us can stay under the $104 per month mark.
But we could try: Planning is always a key element, so you don’t panic and go into last minute purchase frenzies.
Also, have a backup plan. My husband (and his whole family) have a history of always over catering for their guests. And as nice as that was when we were younger and had no money to buy fancy food ourselves, it does leave you with a bitter aftertaste at the end of the day.
My family, on the other side, always left the really good stuff for ‘us’ and went for the cheaper versions for guests.
Both feels not quite right.
I think a solution could be to have a backup plan.” If we run out, we can always serve sandwiches, make pancakes, serve a bit more ice cream or open some cans.” There is a German proverb that translates like this: “ Mum, pour some water into the soup, we have guests coming”