Savings challenge: Learn to love leftovers?


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Editor’s note: Each week, one of Bankrate’s personal finance reporters is reporting on a new way to save and chronicling the savings journey. This week, I dived into the world of leftovers to see how much we could save and to share our experience with you. See what happened.

There are lots of people out there who don’t “do” leftovers. My husband included. But I can’t see the point in just letting good food go to waste after I’ve spent the money buying it.

The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that the average American throws out between $28 and $43 worth of food per month. That’s a huge chunk of change.

This is why, when I can, I take my leftovers to work the next day as lunch, or use them for dinner later in the week.