If you love eating and enjoy the experience, food is certainly life. However, there’s a good chance your busy schedule and your lifestyle affects how you keep food in the fridge, which means you end up throwing more away than you should.

But the good news is there’s a fix for this. By taking the right steps, you can cut down on your food waste save both the planet and your wallet:

            1. Take a picture of your shelf

If you don’t have the time to make a list of everything in your fridge and your pantry, all you need to do is take a picture of both on your way out.

Not only does it take much less time, but it also helps you know more accurately how much of one item you already have as well as the items that you need more of – or the ones you might need to consume quickly for your next dinner plan before they go bad.

            2. Make a meal plan

Making a meal plan is arguably one of the best ways to reduce food waste. By planning your week and being realistic about your budget, you can not only save money, but you’ll also keep your food waste to a minimum.

For instance, if you like eating out, budget according to what you can afford and count in your expenses when you do, especially if you plan on doing so three out of the seven days of the week.

You should also plan out the meals you cook if you prefer to eat at home. It helps to make a list of the food items you need for your recipes, and sticking to it as much as possible can help you cut down on the expenses.

This is where a calendar will be really helpful for you, and the more details you add in your calendar, the better and more hassle-free your schedule will be.

            3. Embrace the leftovers

Leftovers are a part of life whether you cook your own food or not. But just because it’s old doesn’t mean it still can’t be eaten – all you need is a dedicated schedule for finishing leftovers and a little creativity and effort to make them into new dishes.

For instance, overripe fruits and leaves can make for a healthy smoothie in the morning and tomatoes that are close to going bad are a great excuse to make pasta sauce. Cooked meats can even be incorporated into salads, and vegetables can be made into Buddha bowls.

However, when it does go bad, you’ll know by simply looking at it, in which case you need to get rid of it.