Stop wasting food and money

Every year, we throw away tons of food waste, much of it ending up in landfills.

Believe it or not, there's more food in landfills than anything else, and that produces the greenhouse gas methane. 

We can all do our part, starting right at home. 

Consumer Reports reveals some easy ways to reduce food waste with an added bonus: you'll save money, too.

Listen to this: Cutting back on food waste could save a family of four about $1,500 a year. 

Wonder how to do it? Consumer Reports can help.

To avoid finding squishy veggies in the back of the fridge bins - plan to use up fresh fruits and vegetables in the order they go bad - for instance, eat frail fruits and vegetables, like leafy greens and berries before hardier ones, like brussels sprouts or carrots.

Freezing extra batches of chili or leftovers is a great way to cut back waste - but only if you get around to eating them! Mark leftovers with the date you froze them, and include them in your meal plan.

Or consider buying frozen produce. It's just as nutritious a choice as fresh, and you can take out only what you need and keep the rest frozen.

Keep your dry goods in clear, airtight packaging. Not only will they be less susceptible to dampness and mold, but you're more likely to use up what you can actually see.

Lastly, if your produce has gotten gross enough to toss, compost it instead.

It will turn into nutrient-rich soil... to help grow your own produce.

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