packin' on up + how to save on your grocery bill

Twice a year I pack our bags and head across the Atlantic. Fall is always exciting when another adventure is around the corner and this year, I am sure will be no exception. My husband has been gone for almost two months and our family is more than ready to be reunited!

As I clean the house one last time, pack our bags and say goodbye to our Canadian family and friends,  I also bid farewell to my country kitchen. This includes using up all of our food by cleaning out the fridge, freezer and pantry. It always creates a bit of a fun challenge to use up the remaining ingredients and experiment a little along the way.

One thing I really really hate is wasting food.

Like a lot.

We as North American's are insanely guilty of wasting food. Whether you are moving or not I want you to take a peek at what is lurking in the back of your fridge, freezer and use up what you have.

According to this article from the David Suzuki Foundation, "as much as 30 per cent of food, worth about $48 billion, is thrown away in the US each year. The average household throws out about 215 kilograms of food each year — around $600 dollars worth."

handy little food info graphic via 

I know we are all guilty of it, but make the time to sit down and plan your meals for the week after taking an inventory of what you already have on hand. This is a great way to save money and reduce your food waste.

I am always reminded of the importance of fresh produce, planning my meals and not hoarding fresh or frozen food like is easy to do in North America when I return to my European digs and have the smallest fridge/freezer combo known to man.

So today I challenge you to see what's in your kitchen before buying anything else, use easy resources to find some recipe inspiration and save on your grocery bill.

One of the first food blogs I found out about and have forever loved, is 101cookbooks.com. One of my favourite tools about this website is being able to look up single ingredients and find some great recipe inspiration {it's on the right hand side of the page} when you are looking to use some remaining food that is sitting around your kitchen.

Have an amazing day and I will be sure to check in when we arrive in Germany!