Limiting Food Waste Can Save You $1500 a Year

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If you’re like the average American, around 20 percent of what you buy in the grocery store ends up in the trash instead of on your plate. You may not feel the impact on your wallet when you’re clearing out your fridge at the end of the week, but every piece of food you throw away eventually adds up. The USDA reports that the average amount of food wasted by a family of four accounts for roughly 2 million calories or $1500 a year. So if you’re looking for a way to reduce your monthly grocery budget, being smarter about the food you're wasting is a great place to start.

Making the most of your food is a practice that requires serious planning, which is why so many households fail to do it. In her new book, Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook, Dana Gunders, a senior scientist at the National Resources Defense Council, gives 85 tips for how to reduce food waste. A few of her ideas include learning to store food properly, shopping for just a few meals at a time, and trusting your judgment over expiration dates.

Another way to minimize food waste at home is to follow the lead of professional chefs. Because restaurants are required to produce full menus on limited budgets, most of them have an arsenal of tricks for making the most of ingredients that are already in stock. Instead of tossing out leftover chicken bones, chef Troy Guard of the TAG Restaurant Group tells Time Money that he uses them to make soup. He also recommends incorporating scraps like carrot peels, leftover rice, and mushroom stems into a tasty veggie burger. So next time you visit the supermarket, remember that a conservative grocery list can go a long way. 

[h/t: Time Money

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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This Outdoor Lantern Will Keep Mosquitoes Away—No Bug Spray Necessary

Thermacell, Amazon
Thermacell, Amazon

With summer comes outdoor activities, and with those activities come mosquito bites. If you're one of the unlucky people who seem to attract the insects, you may be tempted to lock yourself inside for the rest of the season. But you don't have to choose between comfort and having a cocktail on the porch, because this lamp from Thermacell ($25) keeps outdoor spaces mosquito-free without the mess of bug spray.

The device looks like an ordinary lantern you would display on a patio, but it works like bug repellent. When it's turned on, a fuel cartridge in the center provides the heat needed to activate a repellent mat on top of the lamp. Once activated, the repellent in the mat creates a 15-by-15-foot bubble of protection that repels any mosquitos nearby, making it a great option for camping trips, days by the pool, and backyard barbecues.

Mosquito repellent lantern.

Unlike some other mosquito repellents, this lantern is clean, safe, and scent-free. It also provides light like a real lamp, so you can keep pests away without ruining your backyard's ambience.

The Thermacell mosquito repellent lantern is now available on Amazon. If you've already suffered your first mosquito bites of the summer, here's some insight into why that itch can be so excruciating.

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