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Organizing Your Refrigerator


By Nikki Willhite

Tips on Storing Food for Maximum Savings

Many years ago, while I was living in Kingman, AZ, I met a woman who, quite frankly, served very boring meals. I was young and impressionable at the time, and with the brazenness of youth, asked her why she didn't serve more side dishes.

Her answer to me was that if she bought special ingredients for side dishes, her family always ate them before she could use them.

I couldn't really relate to what she was saying at the time, because my children were not big enough to open the refrigerator.

Looking back, I can see what she said was a pretty lame excuse for a lack of organization. I don't mean to be harsh, but you've got to take control!

When your children are big enough to get in the refrigerator, you have a few years when you can hide things in the back.   Soon, however, you will need a new system.

One quick and easy thing that works is just to label foods that no one is to eat. It can be as simple as placing a colored dot on them, or a piece of masking tape. After you have used the needed amount of the food, you can either rip it off, or replace the color of the dot.

Of course, you will have to talk with your family and make sure they understand the rules.

The second part of organization in the refrigerator is your leftovers. Some leftovers are fair game for lunch. Others you plan on using for another meal. Again, devise your own label system.

As your children get older, they will often have schedules where they can't eat with the family, and have to grab what they can, when they can. In this case, I advice putting something near or on the fridge where you can write down what there is leftover for them to eat. You might even approximate the number of servings, and you might list when it was prepared.

Get organized- if not today, then tomorrow.
All these things will help you a you strive to "waste not" and live more frugally.


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