Most of our family and friends that actually lived through the Great Depression are gone but we can still learn a lot from their experiences and the legacy left from that era. Whether it is using less expensive cuts of meat, serving leftovers, making soup from scraps, or just promoting the “clean plate club”; frugal and conscientious use of food is still a useful art and a potential benefit to our environment and community.

In the U.S. alone 30% to 40% of our entire food supply is wasted every year. That is equal to more than 20 pounds of food per person per month. That waste impacts our environment since it generates 3.3 billion metric tons of methane gas each year plus the wasted resources it represents in fertilizer, energy, fuel and water used to produce the food in the first place.

There are a number of ways that we consumers can reduce food waste and the results are certainly worth the efforts. First, don’t just throw food away because of some “use by” or “best by” date on the label. Most processed foods are perfectly good long after those dates and frozen foods are nearly timeless. Generally, if it looks smells and tastes good, it probably is. Next, buy less food and try to better balance your purchase quantities with your consumption. Freeze, or otherwise preserve excess foods – especially seasonal items. Donate foods to area homeless shelters, food pantries and other such charities that will both use and appreciate that food. Finally, be creative in the use of leftovers, scraps and such. Try innovative and unique recipes and other ways to prepare meals that make use of what you have to reduce waste and save money in the process. The internet has numerous blogs, recipes, homemaker sites and such that are available as resources to help.

While Norton Automotive Group may not be able to help you save food, we can certainly help you find a vehicle that you can afford regardless of your credit status.

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