I never remember what we have in the fridge. We’ll make a pot roast for Sunday dinner, and store several servings of leftovers. But once they’re in Tupperware and tucked out of sight, they’re as good as gone to me. A month later, I’ll find a container filled with rancid beef. Wasting leftovers increases food costs, so I’ve been struggling to find a method to aid my memory.

Tonight I had an inspiration — I will create a leftovers list and to post it on the fridge. Each line of the list will contain:

  • the date,
  • the name of the dish, and
  • the approximate number of servings.

This tip should significantly reduce the amount of food spoilage in our house. Not only will I save money, but I will also eat better — I’ll eat more home-cooked food and less pre-packaged stuff.

The leftovers list will be useful for more than just food we make ourselves. Kris sometimes forgets that she’s brought food home from a restaurant. I’m terrible at remembering yogurt (tucked in the cheese drawer) and carrots (stored in the vegetable crisper). And when did we buy that loaf of fresh bread from the bakery, anyhow? Now we’ll know.

For most of you, this is probably an unnecessary step. But if you too have a problem with food spoilage, this tip could save you time and money.