When you're trying to save some money by making do with what you have at home, it's important to know what you actually have that's usable. A regular scheduled cleaning out of your refrigerator can help you keep stock.
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One of the things that can hold you back from cooking at home is not knowing what you have. You open your fridge and there are tons of things, but you're hungry so you don't want to go through everything in there and have to come up with something to eat. Faith Durand at The Kitchn suggests cleaning your fridge out daily:
What's in the back of the crisper? Are those leftovers still good? It's not good to feel scared of your refrigerator. Take it in hand often, looking for things that need to be used up or eaten. After dinner is a good time, as you're putting away leftovers, to take stock and see if there's something that should be prioritised in tomorrow's meal.
You don't have to do it every day, but the key is making it routine. If you don't keep track of what you have already, it can help you save money in two ways. You won't eat out as much, and you won't waste what you've already paid for.
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