I Won’t Throw Food Money Out with the Trash
The average American family of four tosses out about $2,275 worth of food every year, according to
a 2012 study by the National Resources Defense Council. Planning weekly meals, buying from bulk bins at amounts you need, and avoiding impulse buys and marketing gimmicks (like two-for-one deals on items your family doesn’t even like) will reduce costs and food waste. You can safely eat most foods past “sell by” and “use by” dates, which are manufacturer suggestions, aren’t federally regulated, and don’t indicate safety (except on certain baby foods). Freeze fresh produce and leftovers. If you can’t abide leftovers, be smart about portion control. The NIH Portion Distortion site offers great tips.
I’ll Keep Better Tax Records
Forget that shoebox full of paper. Try shoeboxed.com instead to digitize receipts and store them online. Go right to the source with the IRS2Go (irs.gov) app, which offers tax-prep tips and tools—issued daily during tax-filing season. Idonatedit.com stores pictures of donated goods, estimates their value, keeps a running total, and lets you e-mail it to your accountant.