WASHINGTON – The bright yellow, red and green peppers made you think you’d make stuffed peppers one night for dinner, so you bought them.
The mushrooms looked delicious and you thought they’d be great in stir-fry, so you bought them.
The strawberries smelled great and were on sale, so you bought them.
A week or two (or three) goes by and those items are still in the refrigerator.
Every year, the average family tosses more than $2,275 worth of unused food, roughly 40 percent of what the family purchased, reports Yahoo.
The Natural Resources Defense Council says reducing by 15 percent the amount of food wasted in the U.S. could feed more than 25 million people.
Consumer spending experts say there are ways to reduce the amount of food thrown out and help your family’s bottom line.
WTOP’s Veronica Robinson and Colleen Kelleher contributed to this report. Follow Veronica, Colleen and WTOP on Twitter.
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